Stanley Johnson, the right-wing political commentator and father of Boris Johnson, the United Kingdom’s former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain programme, discussing the likely attitude of the late British premier Margaret Thatcher to the current impasse in the Brexit negotiations between the UK and the European Union, including Ireland.
“Do you know what Mrs. Thatcher would have said? She would have said, ‘It is quite intolerable that this whole question of a Northern Ireland border has come to dominate a decision about the future of our country’.
She would have said: ‘Look. If the Irish want to shoot each other, they will shoot each other, whether there’s a hard border or whether there’s a soft border. That is, y’know, something the Irish will do if they want to do it.’
Basically, Mrs Thatcher would not have had any truck with this scheme by the EU to elevate the border question into a way of making sure we stay in the EU.”
Aside from a pointed rejoinder by the ex-Labour Party MP George Galloway, the reaction from the show’s presenters, Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan, was rather jocular as they moved on to other matters. Because that is absolutely what British popular culture believes about the Irish untermenschen. As Carl Kinsella remarks on Joe.ie:
…the current political climate is a stark reminder that, as a nation, Great Britain is not our friend.