Letter to the Editor: White isn’t right on Johnson’s strategy

Letter to the Editor: White isn’t right on Johnson’s strategy

In your July 25 edition, Victoria White stated that: “It’s clear Boris Johnson doesn’t give a stuff about Northern Ireland”.

I think she is totally wrong and she is misreading his strategy because he is obviously not going to allow the proposed backstop to come between the North and the rest of the union.

That goes hand-in-hand with the most active political party, the DUP, who are kingmakers at present.

Whether we like it or not, the majority of people in the North voted to remain in the EU but that is now irrelevant because, by their own choice, most of that group do not voice their opinion in Westminster or, for that matter, in their local government at Stormont.

Legally, the UK will leave the EU on October 31 but, through an extended transition period, it will morph into a close, single-market arrangement which will eliminate the need for a border between the UK and the EU.

It should not appear unrealistic to us that the DUP does not wish to be separated in any way from their Union. They are unionist and they do not want to come under Dublin in any way.

It is true that the mainstay of their economy of flax linen and shipbuilding disappeared, but you can hardly blame that on Westminster as that has happened throughout the Western world due to higher prices here.

While their economy was contracting, here in the South, we were becoming the most heavily indebted nation in Western Europe on a per-capita basis until we got a new paymaster.

For most of the 20th century, we looked upon the North with envy for its superior roads, schooling, medical facilities and standard of living, subsidised by the British people.

Yes, Ms White may be right about a Catholic not being able to get work in parts of Derry, but that is no different from the 30,000 to 40,000 working-class Protestants that had to leave the Irish Free State in the 1920s and 1930s because of the bigotry south of the border.

The DUP are pragmatists.

Why in the world would they vote to repeat that performance? It is said that they are close to the crown, but they favour the half-crown!

Liam MacFadden

Western Road

Cork

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