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It may appear sensible to decide to work with whoever another country appoints, and not try to appoint one for them.

However, by not acknowledging Corbyn as interim PM  in order for him to call for free, fair and democratic parliamentary elections (which probably would rule out FPTP), the Irish government missed a chance to show that in foreign policy there is no double standard going on.

by fjallstrom on Tue Sep 24th, 2019 at 10:03:56 PM EST
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It is rarely helpful for one government to be seen to interfere in the internal affairs of another. I can think of nothing more likely to inflame and consolidate nationalist sentiment in England than an Irish PM telling the British what to do. They are annoyed enough that Varadker isn't doing what they are telling him to do.

As for recognising Juan Guaido as President of Venezuela, I agree, we shouldn't have done it. That said, I doubt Ireland recognising him helped him unduly and was probably only done to maintain some EU solidarity  and perhaps some US Pressure. Not very edifying I agree, although I suppose you could make the argument that Venezuelan democracy is even more degraded than the UK's.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Sep 25th, 2019 at 09:57:38 AM EST
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