The future of the Irish border

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Winter 2018
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We have discovered recently how little some politicians in Britain know about the island of Ireland. Their weighty pronouncements and momentous decisions about the future of the Irish border are unburdened by knowledge. They are free from the sense of responsibility or caution that even a cursory glance at Irish history and politics would surely encourage.

Marina Hyde has described British government ministers as moving from ‘posttruth’ to ‘post-shame’. This is an all too apt description when it comes to the Irish border issue. There is apparently no shame in seeking to exploit British ignorance about Northern Ireland. In fact, such ignorance is nurtured in order to secure implicit permission to play with the peace.