So, Leo Varadkar has just joined the throng of politicians who are recklessly all about talking only to their support base.
As the North’s marching season begins to gather pace, we find the Democratic Unionist Party up in a total heap and having painted itself into a corner over Irish language rights it cannot concede any time soon.
Sinn Féin looks to be in slightly better shape – largely because the unionists are so messed up – but it is equally painted into its own corner, unable to yield on Irish language rights it cannot let slide.
Across on the other island, Boris Johnson has just put his stated aim of building Britain’s international prestige in second place behind his need to make political gains out of tough anti-EU talk about unfinished Brexit business.
Mr Johnson is also strangely pandering to the unionists, a pose they know he is capable of changing in a moment.
Then enter Leo Varadkar with his online Fine Gael árd fheis nicely timed to stoke up his own party faithful now we have a July 8 date for the Dublin Bay South by-election.
And so, what does Mr Varadkar choose to major in for his opening speech last night?
Well, only the imminent re-unification of Ireland. Talk about timing.
“I believe in the unification of Ireland – and I believe it can happen in my lifetime,” the Tánaiste said.
Why do we think he was doing that?
Well, it is very probably because his party has a big fight on its hands in this upcoming by-election and that the Sinn Féin candidate may well be the main impediment to a Fine Gael win.
So, a bit of wrap the green flag around me, “out-Shinnering the Shinners”, could just be the one to help Fine Gael councillor James Geoghegan mark Sinn Féin senator Lynn Boylan.
That bit of positioning could just blunt Ms Boylan’s appeal to a post-Good Friday Agreement generation of newer voters in the Dublin suburbs who no longer ponder Sinn Féin’s very murky past.
At any other time, Mr Varadkar’s speech would be more acceptable, and he has form in this department in the recent past.
His script offers a good appraisal of how we got to this impasse over Northern Ireland’s controversial post-Brexit special trade status.
Mr Varadkar also rightly claims kudos, along with Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney, for managing four years of difficult EU negotiations that included considerable interface with the UK and keeping US allies on board.
But he made a big error in introducing this piece of mischief into an already febrile and conflict-laden situation.
This one is right up there with Sinn Féin clamouring for a border poll on the future of partition in the immediate wake of the UK Brexit referendum shock in June 2016.
The Brexit crux looks like it could be pushed all the way to a damaging trade war with Ireland north and south first in the queue to collect the fallout.
The fragile power-sharing apparatus in Belfast looks like it could fall apart, yet again, heading toward an unwanted election timed for just after a tense marching season.
Now is not the time for messaging from Dublin about an imminent united Ireland. Mr Varadkar is supposed to be an “honest broker” on the North.