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Samizdata quote of the day

An independent Ireland – an interesting idea, so when are they leaving the E.U. then?

Surely rule from Brussels is no more “independence” than rule from London.

– Paul Marks



6 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • Broadsword

    Exactly. And in further news:

    “Scottish independence: Cameron EU referendum ‘risks Scots jobs'”

    In a speech in Dublin for the the British Irish Chamber of Commerce, Ms Sturgeon said the prospect of an in/out referendum on UK membership of the EU was causing damaging uncertainty for Scotland.

    That’s irony for you.

    And has anyone noticed how this supposed referendum, on which Cameron has reneged before, is taken as a given? Plus, let’s see a show of hands for the number of legacy media articles that have disinterestedly examined EU membership from a sovereignty point of view.

  • Paul Marks

    Sadly most (although not all) of the people in the Republic of Ireland who actually want to leave the E.U. want to leave it because it is not statist enough.

    They reject the E.U.s Fabian style Progressivism – and demand full socialism now.

  • Paul Marks

    Yes Broadsword – the Scots Nats do not really want an independent Scotland at all.

    As for the “risk to jobs” (and all the other opposite-of-the-truth stuff that Euros come out with)…. warning I am about to get on one of my hobby horses……

    The vile and disgusting corporate welfare supporting Economist magazine (may its bankruptcy be soon…) came out with a similar line of “argument” in the lead article in its latest edition.

  • Sam Duncan

    Irony, Broadsword? These people wouldn’t recognise irony if it was presented to them on a plate in the shape of an iron labelled “IRONY” in block letters. Ms Sturgeon’s party has been in power since 2007, and won re-election in 2011. Its referendum on nominal independence within the EU (or “exchanging a political union in which Scots are 10% of the population for one where we’re 1%”, as I like to think of it), originally solemnly pledged for “the first year”, then absolutely-definitely-no-kidding-honest-injun the 31st of November 2010, is currently scheduled for 2014. Probably. (They think they might get a boost from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Yeah, right.) And we still can’t get a straight answer about what it means for EU membership, not to mention the Nats’ flopping around like a wet haddock on EMU and border controls with the rump UK. It’s almost as if they didn’t know themselves.

    So no “uncertainty” there, then.

  • William O. B'Livion

    ‘These people wouldn’t recognise irony if it was presented to them on a plate in the shape of an iron labelled “IRONY” in block letters’

    Probably because you didn’t follow the EU labeling standards for minerals.