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Chilling echoes of Putin in Johnson’s protocol menace

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Liz Truss may have replaced Lord Frost as the UK’s lead Brexit negotiator but the same old sabre-rattling by Boris Johnson, in threatening to unilaterally set aside major parts of the protocol, is again on loudhailer.

The many who have now built an immunity to this particular strain of Westminster bamboozle should note that this time the menace bears treacherous pretensions.

Mr Johnson is indefensibly endeavouring to exploit the circumstances of our currently prevailing very troubled world, and hoping it will weaken the European Union’s resolve to once again confront an issue pertaining to small part of its region. These tactics have disturbing echoes of Putin’s thinking on the other side of Europe’s borders.

Ireland’s political capital within Europe is being constantly drained by the behaviour of our Tory neighbour.

Taken with Mr Sefcovic’s reference about “access of Northern Ireland to the single market” after his difficult engagement with Liz Truss, I hope the relatively outspoken reactions of An Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney is not indicative of an anxiety relating to the magnitude of the fight remaining in Europe on the Northern Ireland Protocol.

It’s time to hold steady, there will be many about turns before any Westminster legislation makes it to the statute books, if ever.

Michael Gannon

St  Thomas’ Square, Kilkenny

History may forgive Lloyd George. It won’t his successors

We recently passed the centenary of the Northern Ireland state. So 100 years into this “experiment”, we have, on the one side, a dominant group that refuses to participate in the devolved parliament and, on the other, a dominant group that refuses to participate in the mother parliament.

A charitable soul may forgive Lloyd George for his lack of foresight 100 years ago. History may not forgive his current successor for his lack of heresight or hindsight.

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Gerard Walsh

Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada

London desperately seeking way out to save Brexit blushes 

June 23 will mark six years since the British electorate was “conned“ into voting to leave the single largest trading bloc in the world.

It would be very interesting to know if the 2016, non-legally-binding, referendum results would have yielded a different result if voters had known the real facts. It is fair to suggest common sense would prevail and Brexit would not happen. Truth be told, London is desperately seeking a way out while trying to save their collective blushes.

To think all of this was down to David Cameron taking his eye off the ball (with of course, some help from Dominic Cummings and friends, who quickly spotted same).

Still, don’t fret; won’t they do trade deals with New Zealand and Canada and other far-away places?

David Ryan

Co Meath

Spotlight turns on Wagatha, as life’s real heroes battle on 

I very much agree with David Ryan and Daniel Teegan (Letters, May 16).

While Palestinians suffer Israeli brutality, Ukrainians die due to Putin’s savagery and Northern Ireland is held to ransom by a defeated DUP, endless column inches are devoted to two spoilt so-called ‘celebrities’ battling it out at London’s High Court in the ridiculous ‘Wagatha Christie’ trial. 

By contrast, a real celebrity, BBC podcaster and newspaper columnist Deborah James, has just been awarded a well-deserved damehood from Her Majesty the Queen
(and I write as a staunch republican).

All this as she lies terminally ill in hospice bravely documenting her five-year battle with bowel cancer and raising millions for charity in the process.

Dominic Shelmerdine

London, England

Oireachtas golfers get a chance to putt things right

As a golfing fan, it’s good to see the Oireachtas Golf Society about to grace the fairways again, and get back into the swing of things.

No doubt they had their ups and downs since they got themselves out of a hole during the pandemic.

But they must be prepared to take the rough with the smooth. Hope they play up to scratch and take care of the high handicappers.

In the meantime, let them get the ball rolling. They would be well advised to remember wise words from an old poem: “For when the One Great Scorer comes to mark against your name, He writes not that you won or lost, but how you played
the game.”

Leo Gormley

Dundalk, Co Louth

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