Wednesday 22 November 2017

In the EU as one

Sir — The headlines here this week have screamed "£300 per family to bail out the Irish", but, perhaps as I'm a sad single, I won't have to fork out quite so much.

As far as I'm concerned, Ireland's very welcome to it. Other nonsense include “Ireland holds out the begging bowl” — these are loans to get over bad times, we've all done it. I'm so old now that I can remember — back in '75, wasn’t it — when England went on a three-day week (turn out the lights on Thursday to save on power) and we had to go to the IMF for a huge chunk of cash.

We're all in this mess together in the EU and, as we export twice as much to Ireland as we do to China, let's sort it out. Since when has Ireland just been about the lousy, rotten, stinking money? Romantic Ireland's not with O'Leary in the grave. It's still there but you might have to search for it. Ireland's about beauty, generosity of spirit, literature, and wonderful history — never about that greasy till and the filthy money.

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