Monday 16 September 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'This is nothing more than a coup by a tinpot dictator and a few over-rich ageing white men'

Control: Boris Johnson has been described as the British Donald Trump, by Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters
Control: Boris Johnson has been described as the British Donald Trump, by Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Soon we will be on the receiving end of Boris Johnson's Halloween present to the people, coming as a trick, not a treat, as promised.

Johnson stands astride the world with all the bluff and bluster of a man with a mission but with no clear sense of the nature of that mission - a mission supported by a set of irritating and durable clichés and not by any serious sense of moral worth.

What we have seen is a coup by a few over-rich ageing white men who have allowed their minds to wander beyond their competence to rule.

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Johnson was always ready to pounce on any weakness in competing contenders for the top job.

He was ruthless in dethroning Theresa May while crowning himself as some kind of latter-day Churchill.

What has been sold to the world as the fulfilment of the wishes of the people to part company with Europe is clearly the fulfilment of the naked ambition of Johnson and friends, exercising all the sensibility of a pack of hungry wolves.

US President Donald Trump has declared Boris to be 'the British Trump'. I devoutly hope this almost sacramental initiation was not intended to duplicate the chaos that defines political life in the White House and the mendacity which drives it.

As if matters could not get worse, Johnson's closing down of Parliament so he can drive through his mindless abandonment of Europe has all the marks of a tinpot dictator.

This is one act that will not be forgotten or easily forgiven.

One thing that has emerged over recent weeks is that the Brexiteers have shown no willingness to take into account the views of the Irish as they unscrupulously seek to undermine the Good Friday Agreement in order to change current Border arrangements.

What is particularly odious is the way that many of the key Brexiteers have moved their wealth to Ireland, treating it as yet another tax haven.

Philip O'Neill,

Oxford, England


Brexit is an open act of hostility by a neighbour

And now the whites of the people's eyes are showing.

Ireland, a country that uses mainland Britain as a land-bridge to Europe and the European Union, with which we trade seamlessly, has been warned our supermarket shelves could start to run bare within two days of a hard Brexit.

Hardly any flour is milled in Ireland so we are reliant on the UK for our most basic food product.

Retailers and merchants order goods from warehouses in the UK and expect the products to arrive by ferry and truck within 24 hours.

With little warehousing space for stockpiling flour here, we could hardly bake any bread at all.

This is sobering stuff.

The Irish economy in free-fall.

The people hungry. Shades of the Famine.

In my view, this is an open act of hostility by our closest neighbour, with whom we share a troubled past yet an intimate connection: the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Irish people are part of the fabric of the UK - my sister, brother, nieces and nephews, cousins and great friends living there yet wanting to maintain dual citizenship of Ireland and the UK. To feel both British and Irish.

Some of my ancestors came with King John to Ireland - I, too, am part of the Irish-British blended family.

Is this how these connections are going to end?

The UK isolated and alone, unwilling to take part in the larger project of the European Union, which enabled peaceful trading and relations between neighbouring countries after the destruction and pain of World War II?

I propose that the President of Ireland, as head of State, writes to the queen, as head of state, and asks her to rein in her government.

Furthermore, our Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney, who has been a voice of calm throughout this crisis, should put the Irish ambassador to the UK on alert for withdrawal.

Alison Hackett,

Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin


The more things change, more they stay the same

Boris Johnson, we are told, prepared two responses for the Brexit referendum and would read the appropriate one according to the outcome.

Paschal Donohoe is preparing two budgets, we also understand.

The 'hair shirt' one will be read in the event of a crash-out Brexit.

Can we at least be assured that, no matter what the outcome, public sector unions, vested interests, Fine Gael, independents et al will all be 'looked after' first?

I'd hate to think Brexit would change the 'norm' that much!

Gerard Barrett,

Sandyford, Dublin 16


The lunatics have taken over the asylum in UK

And it has come to pass, as they say: The lunatics are finally taking over the asylum that the House of Commons has become. At a time when it should behove all politicians to put their country first, what do we see?

Senior politicians, of all persuasions, not even putting their party interests first, but trying to save their own seats and reputations.

There are a few honourable exceptions, but these are in a tiny minority.

How on earth did these people's ancestors run an empire?

David Ryan,

Co Meath


Time for Sinn Féin to play its part for Ireland's sake

UK opposition MPs are threatening to continue to meet in informal session when the House of Commons is prorogued.

Given that attendance at such sessions would not require an oath of allegiance to the queen, will Sinn Féin be attending those sessions to ensure the DUP is not the only party representing Northern Ireland?

Frank Schnittger,

Blessington, Co Wicklow


Northern Ireland and Scotland will be a force

Boris Johnson has, at last, pressed the nuclear button.

He had no real choice and is committed to delivering Brexit no matter what, as Conservative Party members elected him to do just that.

Although a Johnson supporter, Tory voter and Brexiteer, I would have no objection to a second EU referendum, together with a general election.

Post-Brexit, the people of Scotland and Northern Ireland are going to be a force to be reckoned with.

Dominic Shelmerdine,

London, UK


Proof canine love makes them our best friends

Unconditional love. Terrific item on the caring nature of dogs by Roslyn Dee.

Proof positive, yet again, that they are man's and, indeed, woman's best friend.

Tom Gilsenan,

Beaumont, Dublin 9


Please put our children first - not the economy

So the Government intends to continue to deny support for child-minding by relations of the child, including the parent who wishes to look after the child herself or himself.

What kind of ideology is it that ignores the wishes of many parents? What is superior in having children, from a very young age, being looked after in crèches, often for up to 12 hours a day, and spending much more time there than with their parents?

With so much emphasis nowadays on choice, why is this situation ignored? Why are parents not supported if they want to look after their own children?

It is time for a proper debate on the subject and for the well-being of children to be kept to the fore, not the success of the economy.

Mary Stewart,

Donegal town, Co Donegal

Irish Independent

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