Tuesday 24 April 2018

The Irish and the Canadians: grievances, guns and socks

Wherever we went, many of us had the bad habit of taking our history with us to cause more trouble

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Photo: REUTERS/Chris Wattie
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Photo: REUTERS/Chris Wattie
Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

Well, there seems to be international agreement that our Taoiseach won the sock war. 'Trudeau Visits Ireland to Discuss Trade', said a New York Times headline that was typical of many around those parts of the globe that pay attention to politicians' nether regions, 'but Host's Socks Steal the Show'.

Aren't we great?

And yes, Leo Varadkar's maple-leaves-and-mounties socks undoubtedly were a winner, if socks are, as it were, your bag. Presumably Trudeau's people had wisely rejected leprechauns-and-Guinness themes when they handed him the grey stripy ones.

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