Monday 19 February 2018

Ruth Dudley Edwards: It's not just their national interest, the English care about Ireland

Recent events have shown the enormous affection the English have for the Irish, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards

AS Ireland's economic troubles forced themselves up the British news agenda, I was interviewed on ITV and the BBC. "How are the Irish feeling?" asked the interviewers, and I duly did my best to come up with a raft of suitable adjectives to describe the state of mind of my countrymen: angry, humiliated, bemused, shocked, ashamed, desperate being some of the first.

But what struck me was how concerned were the interviewers and their researchers. They all oozed genuine sympathy at what they were seeing as a brave little nation being bullied by the big, mechanistic entities of the EU, the ECB and the IMF.

The thing is, they mean it.

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