Following on from a statement to a gathering of shocked MEPs in Brussels by a senior representative of the Labour Party in the United Kingdom, where Irish fears of a return to a British militarised frontier in Ireland were dismissed as self-serving hyperbole, we now have a leading minister in the ruling Conservative Party telling outright lies about the national politics of the island. David Davis, the man tasked with negotiating the UK’s contentious withdrawal from the European Union, has claimed that the Fine Gael-led administration in Dublin is pursuing its diplomatic and socio-economic case against the imposition of a “hard border” around the Six Counties because of electoral rivalry with Sinn Féin. And the latter’s supposed “influence” on the government.
We had a change of government, south of the border, and with quite a strong influence from Sinn Féin, and that had an impact in terms of the approach.’
Yes, that’s right. Britain’s point-man on Europe believes that the conservative and right-wing Fine Gael party in Ireland is competing for the same core group of voters with the liberal and left-wing Sinn Féin party. And that SF already has some sort of grip on the FG administration of Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar. Thus, he implies, all Irish concerns about Brexit can be ignored since they represent no more than domestic politics at play on the international stage.
How on earth can such moronic ignorance exist in the corridors of power in Downing Street and Whitehall? Or is it something far more sinister? The deliberate dissemination of falsehoods and misinformation designed to confuse and mislead British public opinion as the UK prepares to renege on all past agreements with its neighbour and former EU partners? This, it seems, is the calibre of politicians and officials representing London that negotiators from Dublin and Brussels must deal with as Brexit Britain passes from the rational to the inane. With this wayward, disruptive and ultimately hostile state in our midst the future of Europe looks very bleak indeed.