Re: Idle thoughts on Brexit
AC» some mixed messages there.. or you don't understand how sarcasm works
I disagree with you on the first point. Your second point may very well be true.
Both the U.K. in the early 2020s and Ireland in the early 1920s are striving/strove to leave a larger economic area. Thanks to progress in the last 100 years, it has been a relatively painless process for the U.K. The Irish had a harder time of it 100 years ago.
Leaving the E.U. does seem to be to detriment of the U.K.'s economic well-being. Ireland's leaving the United Kingdom in 1921 was seen by many as an unwise economic move. The professional and educated classes tended to be of more unionist or Home Rule bent. The times were, however, very different then and the attitude of those in power towards the little people was also markedly different.
Whether the Irish would have been better off in the long run as a member of the U.K. with her devolved parliament is a debatable point. The Scots don't seem to have thrived, despite all of the oil in their waters and i don't know about the Welsh. That being said, the Irish now are little more than wannabe yanks. They have thrown off one cultural imperialism only to adapt another.
So, in conclusion, the U.K., to some extent, is following the same path as the Irish 100 years later, albeit in more agreeable times. Hopefully, the authorities in the U.K. will be able to keep a better reign on the powerful forces sweeping the populus than the Irish could. The Irish, for its shame, had rampant repressive hard-line Catholicism. Will the U.K. be able to handle its own nationalism, especially if the Kingdom does not thrive as it once did?