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About murphaph

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  1. Brexit: The fallout

    The reality of what could happen hit home for me and my family in January. We visited Derry for a few days and had an uneventful time there. A week after we had returned home to Germany a car bomb was detonated at a spot we had walked past (with my young son) at approximately the same time in the evening a week before. Watching the CCTV footage was pretty eerie.
  2. Brexit: The fallout

    I'm certainly not trying to be incendiary. Could you give me an example of something you feel is so?
  3. Brexit: The fallout

    The Ireland question was actually slowly "moving on". Then (some) English voters (even in Wales it was carried by English people who moved over) threw a massive Brexit shaped spanner in the works.
  4. Brexit: The fallout

    Correct John, the IRA never targeted Scottish cities but they certainly killed plenty of Scots in British Army uniforms.    I don't quite know what Kommentarlos' problem is with my posts. I said years ago in this thread that it would come down to Ireland and at the time my (to most Irish people, fairly obvious) claim was dismissed by many yet here we are and it's all about the backstop.   The troubles are over but there are still enough of a hard core of dissidents around which a revitalised IRA could form. Apparently even at the height of the troubles there were only around a thousand members and they wreaked havoc. NI is not like anywhere else in the UK. If we're honest it's pretty different to the Republic too. Symbols and stuff that are totally inconsequential to the rest of us can cause huge problems there.   It's a delicate balance and posting hundreds of police officers from GB (especially the Met) would be highly provocative to a dissident republican who already sees the PSNI as a legitimate target. These guys are pretty unhinged.
  5. Brexit: The fallout

    The IRA never cared what the individual nationality or religion of their victims were. The IRA after all killed more Catholics than any other group.
  6. Brexit: The fallout

    The plans reported in the Times say officers from Police Scotland and the Metropolitan Police would be deployed.   In Northern Ireland there is a subtle but important difference between English and Scottish. 
  7. Brexit: The fallout

    Hundreds of years of history and the fact a dissident republican group planted a bomb at the Fermanagh border last week in an attempt to kill PSNI officers.   Also the fact the Chief Constable of the PSNI has cited that Brexit and a hard border would create conditions conducive to increased recruitment by dissident republican groups.   A key part of the GFA was sending English troops home. Sending English police officers over is one step away from the army. It's clearly a very retrograde step in the peace process.   It should also be borne in mind that the British government projections say NI will be the worst hit region of the UK. This means large scale job losses, which will be replicated on the southern side of the border. That makes for a large pool of angry young men looking for something to do. That's how it was in the past too.     
  8. Brexit: The fallout

    It's almost exactly 40 years to the day since the British Army suffered its worst defeat in a single IRA action, with 18 soldiers being murdered by 2 bombs planted at Warrenpoint Co. Down adjacent to the Republic. The IRA men detonated the bombs remotely from across the border (formed here by the Newry river) in Co. Louth. The IRA exploded one bomb as an army truck full of paratroopers was passing by. They had correctly predicted that the survivors would regroup at a gatehouse a few yards down the road where a second larger bomb was waiting for them. As the bombs exploded two civilians on the Republic side came to the water's edge to see what the commotion was. One was a local man and the other his cousin over visiting from England. The surviving paratroopers opened fire across the border (completely illegally of course) killing the Englishman. This of course was not the first time paratroopers had killed civilians in the conflict in NI.   On the same day just 13 miles from the border in the Republic, Lord Louis Mountbatten, members of his family and a local teenage helper were blown up by the IRA on their fishing boat.   It's astonishing that I am now reading about plans to send police officers from GB to assist the PSNI in the event of hard Brexit. It's the first step on a very slippery slope.   
  9. Brexit: The fallout

    No worries John. It's a complicated intertwined history.
  10. Brexit: The fallout

    No John. Ireland was a colony of Britain until 1801 when it became part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
  11. Brexit: The fallout

    Because whoever told you that does not know what they are talking about.   There was a customs border between the Irish Free State (later Ireland) from the moment the country ceded from the United Kingdom.   This customs (regulatory and tariff) border persisted until 1973 when both the United Kingdom and Ireland joined the then European Economic Community together. There remained a regulatory border thereafter until 1993 when with the creation of the Single Market all customs controls were abolished.   From 1969 until 1998ish you also had a militarised border with most minor crossing points being destroyed by the British Army.   With the GFA these last controls were abolished.
  12. Brexit: The fallout

    In "peacetime" the PSNI need several armed officers and 4 armoured support vehicles to mount just 1 small checkpoint near the border.   If the troubles return you'd need the army back. The British army is a fraction of the size it was during the troubles and there are hundreds of crossing points.   The Chief Constable of the PSNI clearly thinks Brexit is a bad idea.
  13. Brexit: The fallout

    Nice succinct piece in the New Yorker:   The journalist gets it from an Irish perspective.
  14. Brexit: The fallout

    Not just red tape. The border issue was originally supposed to be agreed in phase one of the talks. The UK asked could it be pushed into phase two, to which Ireland reluctantly agreed.    The UK then agreed the backstop but now wants to remove it. The UK has not proven itself a trustworthy negotiating partner.   The UK would love to push the border to the transition period (future relationship) because then it would fall on the EU as well to keep the border open, but Brexit is a British decision to which there are consequences.
  15. Brexit: The fallout

    I hope the likes of Dominic Grieve and Ken Clarke can see that Angela Merkel was not saying what you think she was saying. They are intelligent people after all.   She even issued clarification for the hard of comprehending.