Another day and another round of bizarre opinions from politicians in Britain as the rancorous Brexit schism between the United Kingdom and the remaining twenty-seven nation-states of the European Union continues to grow, with potentially fatal consequences for the hitherto successful Irish-British peace process. Here is Nigel Lawson, a former Chancellor of the Exchequer or finance minister in the UK, and for many years one of the most senior members of the Conservative Party under then premier Margaret Thatcher. He is talking with Pat Kenny on his Newstalk radio morning show discussing London’s attitude to the concerns of officials in Dublin and Brussels as Britain crashes out of the EU. On the suggestion that the country – or the British-administered north-east of this island – might stay in the single market and customs union, he had this historically oblivious response for his audience:
“…you become a colony of the European Union. That is something the United Kingdom is not prepared to do. Nor would the Irish Republic be prepared to be a colony. So forget that…
The problem with the Commission, is that the Commission is out to punish the UK for leaving the European Union. That is what it’s all about.
We will also maintain a special relationship with Ireland. We have always had a special relationship with Ireland. And despite the shock, and I’m old enough to remember the shock, of the decision by de Valera and the Irish government to remain neutral in the war against Hitler and Nazi Germany. That was a great shock to the British… Despite that we have retained and maintained a very special relationship… The decision to remain neutral against Adolf Hitler and Nazism, that was a shock.
Many Irishmen volunteered to fight in the British Army…
It is grossly irresponsible to say in any way that the peace is threatened by Britain.
The peace process came about, frankly, because the IRA was defeated.”
This is what happens when neo-imperialism starts deluding itself with its own myths and propaganda. Meanwhile, John Taylor, ex-deputy leader of the supposedly moderate Ulster Unionist Party and a UK parliamentarian for decades, continues to offer a vigorous defence of his description of Ireland’s taoiseach, as “the Indian”, as reported by the BBC.
The tweet has been labelled racist by Sinn Féin’s Alex Maskey and Alliance Party deputy leader Stephen Farry.
Lord Kilclooney told BBC NI’s the View that he was not a “racist”.
He added that he “stood over” what he said in the tweet.
“Reasonable people sent me messages of support and understood what I was saying. Anyone who knows me knows I’m not racist and I mix with Indian people all the time.”
Mr Varadkar was born in the Republic of Ireland and is of Indian heritage.
Behold the Brexiteers!