Declan Lynch, regular Sunday Independent columnist, drinks deep from the paranoid well of the partitionist core, before rushing to the battlements of Dublin Castle, musket in hand.
“I have heard it said by a few people, here and there, that if Sinn Fein came to power they would leave the country. Which sounds like a kind of throwaway thing we’d all say from time to time, without actually meaning it, a way of registering our dread of such an arrangement, but not an actual declaration that we will refuse to go on to live in an Ireland that is run by Sinn Fein, and move permanently to another country.
Yet the way I am hearing it, this is one of the very few cases in which the people who say such a thing are seriously engaged in the practicalities of it. They are actually thinking about what arrangements they will make, to move themselves away from here, if and when Sinn Fein assumes significant power over their lives, something that could happen within five years.
And the people I’m talking about here are not political addicts or ‘players’, who might say such a thing for effect; they are regular folk who, for reasons best known to themselves, have a deep dread of living under a regime in which the army council of the IRA is making a valued contribution.
Within five years, maybe 10 . . . it won’t be long now.
So there are quite a few of these people openly Thinking of Leaving the Country, the TLCs, as we might call them.”
Or the WTFs as I might call them. As is in, seriously, what the fuck?