Thousands died in the transition from being England’s first colony, to an Irish Free State and finally an independent Republic. The ironies arising from the situation in Ireland are many. Joining the Euro, hugging the state tight to the whole European project and Dublin’s politicians slavishly obeying their new masters in Frankfurt has ended in disaster. Why fight the English for 400 years for sovereignty only to surrender it to Germany?
Insert "Scotland" where appropriate. If Scotland gets independence from the United Kingdom, it will become a member of the European Union and a member of the Euro, according to current SNP policy. So, instead of moaning about the Wesminster Government, it can moan about Brussels instead.
Is it really what Scottish people want? The common (and legitimate) moan from Scots is that decisions affecting Scots and only Scots are made in London. Somehow, I do not see the logic of extending the distance to Brussels, unless those Scots who will work for the EU are deseperate to collect air miles.
If there is a referendum on independence, it will not include an option on joining the EU - either you go for swapping English hegemony for German or you stick in the UK.
If a Nat can explain this anomaly, or I am missing something, please feel free to do so.
PS. God knows what it would do to the fishing industry.
UPDATE: Re Ireland:
Minister Lenihan said there was no question of loading an unspecified burden on the taxpayer.
Yeah, and in other news, Garry Glitter is named Chief Scout.