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One could say that a definitive Brexit dividend is that we, in the EU, no longer have to give a sh*t what the British gutter press writes. Even the Guardian and the Beeb are sliding into jingoism and thinly veiled xenophobia.

They say that major crises do reveal both the best and the worst in human nature.

Reading your letter, I noted that while many countries are complaining about the Commission "not having done enough", Von Der Leyen herself is seldom singled out (that Von, not Van, she's German, not Dutch). It may be that the Irish ruling class being English speaking (Gaelic too?), they tend to pay more attention to said British gutter press than they ought to.

Because continuous tabloid covers of VdL pictures with screaming headlines like "EU wants to pilfer our jabs!"   do not make an argument; it's just foaming at the mouth and rabble rousing. The fact they're focusing their attacks on a woman is also revealing, IMHO.

I think the Irish leaders would be well inspired to follow your advice and focus more on re-enforcing ties with the EU, and stop paying too much attention to the noisy neighbors to the East.

by Bernard on Sat Mar 27th, 2021 at 05:42:48 PM EST
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