David Morris recently posted the following in reply to my post about UKIP:
” Just a pathetic post. I might top it only by musing that for an allegedly self confident pipple emerging from centuries of servitude under the wicked Brits, the Irish couldn’t get rid of their own currency quick enough when instructed to do so by the EUSSR………..”
I thought this was quite an interesting post, as it shows how two people can look at a situation and see two different things. It’s true, we did emerge from servititude, and the EU now acts as a bulwark against us being bullied by much larger nations. Britain has 60 million people to our 4 million, and vastly superior armed forces, two factors which historically would trouble a nation. But thanks to the EU, we sit as equals with the Brits. This is what we fought a War of Independence for: The right, as General Collins said, for a place at the table of nations.
As for getting rid of our own currency: The Euro is our currency, in the same way that the pound sterling is the currency of the Welsh, the Cornish, the Jamaican-English or the Scottish. And we have a representative by right on the Governing Council of the ECB. And “instructed” to do do?: We had a referendum in 1992.
Of course, it must just stick in the craw of some, who have gone from being a great empire, to having to treat the smaller EU member states with respect, countries that they could have dismissed with a wave 100 years ago. Fortunately, even in Britain, that’s a minor view.