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Ireland isn't really a utopia - it's just its neighbour is a gurning claptrapocracy
- Séamas O'Reilly -  Guardian

...  This is in contrast to than Britain's bewildering stew of denials, contradictions and outright political chicanery around adherence to their own guidelines - none of which have faced any serious consequences from the UK's parliament or largely right-leaning press.

... Compare this with the lack of any consequences for Dominic Cummings, or the fact that both Priti Patel and Gavin Williamson regained senior ministerial posts shortly after being sacked for actions that almost reach the definition of espionage.

 It's this sense of political unseriousness that seems the most marked difference between the two places, and it says less about the "enviable beauty" of Ireland's system than about Britain's further slide into a fact-averse, consequence-free banana republic of malevolent toffs.

...  Ireland is not outflanking a competent, longstanding neighbour. She just has the pleasure of being compared with the gurning claptrapocracy next door.

Schengen is toast!
by epochepoque on Thu Jul 30th, 2020 at 07:51:01 PM EST

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