PM Johnson on the Irish Backstop

Most narratives about how EU is bad don’t hold up.


Why yes, that too. But those didn’t get mentioned. There are plenty of laws I don’t agree with and I wish there were others, but it’s not as if I didn’t vote for the parliamentarians in Brussels.

Edit: I also made the point because the very people who pushed for Brexit actually favor more draconian laws on about every level, from dismantling NHS to reducing workers’ protection rights and, of course, a British firewall and internet surveillance.


I think drafting this law plays directly into that narrative, axel voss, who has a hard-on for state surveillance sneaking it in to an otherwise sensible bill. When you look at the mass protests and a huge online petition and all the lobbying that went on from media conglomerates it gives the impression of a homogenous voting bloc who just ignored the wishes of its constituents. Not that I believe the narrative, I just think it massively bolstered the EU’s critics. The number of times I wrote to my MEPs to stop this nonsense and apart from the UKIP guy (unsurprisingly) I was met with a void of silence.


Boris de Pfeffel doesn’t have a majority anymore, even with the DUP.


Sorry been away from a grown up computer and just got back to work and they want me to… work which surely isn’t right?

I think. As I said there was a really excellent chapter in a book which I read some years ago which had a great exegesis on the topic. It’s not something I often read up on so I can’t for the life of me remember who it was. I will post it (pretty sure it can be sci-hubbed) if my ancient spongebrain gets jogged.

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But there will be no reduction in the chocolate ration. In fact, they’ve raised it to 20 grammes per week


I need to make some corrections


British Trump and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.


Wait, that was a political speech? It sounded more like he was giving these cops a preview of what they’d have to deal with outside a pub at 2AM on a Friday night.


Probably. But it could also ratchet up the IRA. They aren’t for the most part agitating for reunification, and are pretty antagonistic to the Irish Government. There’s particularly bad blood between them and the Irish military.

There’s a fair bit of opposition in the Republic to actually pulling the trigger on Reunification, even though support for the general idea is pretty much the default. The likelihood of a Unionist insurgency, and the fact that the IRA won’t be going away is a big part of that. There’s also a lot of resistance to the idea of NI’s two major political parties getting a seat at the table, and concerns that it’ll act as an ecconomic anchor.

Reunification is kind of a quagmire, cause NI is kind of a quagmire. Its just that it might be a much better, more solvable circumstance than Brexit.

But they’re trying to take away Pints!


It already HAS done that, no question, and I reference it above, too.

I think there are elements on both sides of the Troubles conflict that would very much prefer a return to the bad old days, because some of them have become more marginalized since the Good Friday accords, and I’d wager that they’ve been quietly radicalizing some young people who still feel strongly about the conflict (maybe hearing it from older radicals), and want to feel like they’ve got a chance to engage in some glorious conflict for the “people” (however they define that)… what’s that line from that Tom Waits song (Road to Peace) “They fill their children full of hate/ to fight an old man’s war/ and die along the road to peace”… which is about the Israeli/Palestine conflict, but has some relevance here I think. For some people who spend their life in a conflict, peace can be a hard sell, because they no longer feel as if their life is nearly as meaningful, as when they were fighting for their lives and for a great cause.

Agreed. The Good Friday accords were likely not perfect, and not everyone got what they wanted out of it, but it was working, and it seems like the majority were happy with the compromises that were struck, and some level of normalcy has seemed to have been reached. Crashing out with no deal on the Irish border issue could make the whole thing topple, and the people who are pushing for a no deal brexit are well aware of that fact, and frankly do not care enough to not do it anyway. It’s maddening.


I think that’s what they’re gearing up for currently. What I’m saying is that should Reunification become a serious possibility, or actually happen. The IRA will be plenty excited and and violent in their opposition to that. And more than happy to swap Ireland in for the UK/England as their big bad guy.

I think they very much care. You look at all the statements and actions Johnson has made, and some of the stories linked above, the importance of the DUP to the UK’s far right at the moment, and even the Trump administration’s take during Pence’s recent trip. And its pretty clear they want it.

Its sounding very much like Johnson and his ilk are dreaming about reestablishing direct control over the whole of Ireland. Part of the wistful, we’re still an empire, dictating terms to others drive behind the whole mess.

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Except (in theory anyways) isn’t the exactly what the IRA want, a republic of Ireland that is all of the island? But I can certainly see them being unhappy with the outcome, precisely because it’s about the conflict and the glory of battle, not about obtaining a specific political outcome, not really anyway. But that does go both ways, I believe. On some level, this is about toxic masculinity, and some sort of legitimating violence giving cover to it.

I’m not so sure, but that is an entirely plausible interpretation of what’s happening. It’s highly unlikely that the UK can rebuild empire in the far flung reaches where it once was, but Ireland was their first foray into empire, and is just right there… I can see some pro-Empire factions believing that everything started to go wrong with Irish independence…

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And of course, Boris is very much an imperialist. Here he is on the subject of Africa:

“The continent may be a blot, but it is not a blot upon our conscience. The problem is not that we were once in charge, but that we are not in charge any more.”


Ugh… what an imperialist asshole.



His past writings are full of such quotes, that should by right exclude him not just from elected office, but any form of polite society.

And yet this is the person that the men and women of the Conservative and Unionist party have chosen as their standard bearer.


And that tells you right where they stand on these issues, even if they make polite noises about empire being bad. Reactionaries, the lot of them.


To an extent, but not in the way most people outside of Ireland think. And a lot of the time these days no.

Northern IRA groups are not, as commonly presented, a continuation of revolutionary forces from the Irish War of Independence. They’re a later ideological follow on from the Anti-Treaty side of the Irish Civil War (and there doesn’t seem to be any actual continuity with those forces). And the Republic of Ireland is the result of the Pro-Treaty side winning that civil war.

So while current takes on it vary about as much as Northern IRA groups vary, the original root ideology for a lot of Northern Republicanism ( eta: or this angle of it) viewed the Irish Government as illegitimate and their military as an occupation force. With [insert Northern IRA group] and Sinn Féin presented as the legitimate government and military of all of Ireland.

So while a United Ireland is often the goal its not an Ireland united under the current Irish Government. And a fair bit of the thrust of it these days has been for an Independent Northern Ireland still separate from the rest. However complicated the Republican position up North is these days. The Irish Government and Northern IRA/Sinn Féin have traditionally been pretty antagonistic. The Irish Military pretty much view the IRA as their only genuine flat out Enemy. Which is not to say there isn’t support for both down south or in the Irish Government, one of their major political parties is legitimately rooted in the Anti-Treaty faction. But actual connections to IRA groups remains incredibly controversial for Irish politicians.

I’m sure a decent portion, maybe even most, lower case R republicans in NI probably support reunification and would be pretty happy to see it happen. But your extremist groups, are a much stickier situation. Placating them would likely involve legitimizing a whole lot of people who shouldn’t be legitimized and handing Sinn Féin an awful lot of control.

It seems more like they’re assuming that it’s already there, sorta? At least the Boris Johnson end of it, rather than the Farange end of it, seems to think they’re automatically a geopolitical rival for the EU or can easily assemble one. The discourse with Ireland seems to assume they already dictate terms, or that it’s obvious that Ireland will follow their lead. There were proposals about a new EU rival union with the Nordic Countries (and Ireland) that made similar assumptions.

Seems to be part of that “negotiating position” we keep hearing about. All of these things Britain obviously controls (but doesn’t at all) are so desirable! And the EU is preventing them from doing anything with it. So blowing up the peace agreements (and pretty much blowing up Ireland in the process) will get the EU out of the way. Giving them authority they’re already due.