It’s funny to think that at the start of 2016, probably the thing we were most worried about here, was whether the 1916 racket might get out of hand and deliver a new generation to the IRA. It was Irish nationalism we feared, and we should still fear it very much, it’s just that at the moment it seems that there’s a lot more to fear from British nationalism and American nationalism — and a few other nationalisms that are knocking around, waiting for their moment.
Nationalism, as we have noted in happier times, is eejitry taken to such extremes that it becomes a form of evil. And since we have become connoisseurs of it in this country, we have a good eye for it when we see it in others. However, but still we did not expect that Britain and America would fall to the eejits, we tend to regard it as the sort of thing that happens in poor unfortunate countries where they can never catch a break.
But they elected Trump, of their own free will, and soon he was talking about two million or three million being deported — ballpark figures, to be sure, mindful of the fact that, say, six million might have sent out the wrong signals.