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Saturday Sound Off: Media Hypocrisy

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Look at these two headlines. One is from the Irish Sun, the other from the UK edition of the same newspaper. They demonstrate how the paper’s owner panders to the prejudices of its readers in the two nations. (Both titles are owned by Murdoch’s News Corp.)

Behind the headlines is an unpleasant truth: no-one, on either side, wants to see a hard border between the Republic and Northern Ireland. But it’s impossible for the British government to reconcile that fact with the demand, from some of those who voted to leave the EU, that the UK should control its own borders.

As I pointed out last week, the only possible way out of this mess is to admit that controlling this particular border is impossible. And, given the existence of the Channel Tunnel and the frequency of Ro-Ro ferry operations between the UK and continental Europe, controlling those borders is equally impractical and undesirable.

It follows that Britain must remain in the Customs Union.

The idea of dismantling the existing arrangements in order to put in place something that is, in practice, exactly the same, is an appalling waste of everyone’s time and patience, including that of the editors of The Sun on both sides of the Irish Sea.

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3 Comments

  1. Frank, Britain now faces a critical transformation as a nation, within and beyond its borders. The Brexit divorce proceedings of this magnitude will hurt many of its citizens. I’m following developments with great interest.

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  2. Clive says:

    The whole Brexit process is a total waste of time, money and resources. We aren’t just shooting ourselves in the foot but in every part of the body. Anyway, I thought that Sun ‘readers’ were illiterate 😉

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  3. franklparker says:

    Ah Clive! Not illiterate, semi-literate and easily swayed by fake news. But, as someone whom has written about the dangers of stereotyping I need to be careful what I say!

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