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The UK is dying of recreational nationalism, and it’s an awful way to go

Declan Lynch


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Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng. Photo: Dylan Martinez

Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng. Photo: Dylan Martinez

Mohammad bin Salman and Vladimir Putin

Mohammad bin Salman and Vladimir Putin

Brian Lenihan, Charlie Haughey and Máire Geoghegan-Quinn at the Fianna Fáil ard fheis in 1980. Photo: Eamonn Farrell

Brian Lenihan, Charlie Haughey and Máire Geoghegan-Quinn at the Fianna Fáil ard fheis in 1980. Photo: Eamonn Farrell

The performative nationalism of Liz Truss comes against a background of tax breaks for the rich - not for struggling families

The performative nationalism of Liz Truss comes against a background of tax breaks for the rich - not for struggling families

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Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng. Photo: Dylan Martinez

If we can suspend our amazement for a moment, at the decline and fall of the United Kingdom, we can perhaps take one piece of wisdom from it: we can see that there’s a thing called recreational nationalism which can destroy any country, at any time.

We can call it recreational nationalism, because the Brexit which was the fundamental cause of this current omnishambles was entirely a matter of choice — they did it, in some cases, literally for a laugh.


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