Hands up for border lovers
Obviously, being nice, welcoming, middle-class liberal types, we must all deplore the sentiments expressed by Fianna Fail councillor Emma Coffey, who’s dared to warn about “influx migration” after Brexit.
But let’s at least give some credit to the Co Louth woman for admitting that her preferred solution to the problem is a hard border. Yes, it’s against FF policy. Yes, it’s a bit UKIP-ISH. The boys in the Dail must be scarlet.
But fair play to Coffey for standing up for the Border. In Ireland, that’s the love that dare not speak its name. Extolling any of the virtues of partition is a bit like standing up in a Mexican restaurant and declaring: “I think Donald Trump’s wall is a great idea.”
Whether Coffey ought to have said it is another matter. If there’s one thing politicians should’ve realised by now, it’s that nothing is more dangerous than saying what you think. Keep your head down and stick to the party line, Emma. Don’t you know it’s the Irish way?