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Looks like the NI center is shifting toward unification, and it's small wonder.  They must be thinking, "The UK keeps electing gobshite governments, the unionists are controlled by the DUPes and TUVs who are permanently entrenched in the days of the Witchfinder General, and the only program these Jackeens have is codifying TULIP Reform theology as the law of the land and making a dog's breakfast of the government.  Just how much would we lose?"  And there are people saying, "Yeah, but Varadkar," but come on.  Is he actually worse than Sunak and Truss and de Piffle and May, who have actually managed to make Cameron and Brown look positively statesmanlike, in much the same way Trump has made Bush look statesmanlike?  And is Varadkar any worse a neolib/neocon than Blair?  We've now dug down over a quarter-century in the No. 10 bed pan, an entire generation.  Then we get to Major and then the meteor strike that was Maggoty Trencher before we even get to Sunny Jim.  The UK has not had a pretty parade of governments.  And it doesn't seem to be queuing any up either.
by rifek on Sat Mar 23rd, 2024 at 05:51:18 PM EST
I agree Varadkar was an economic neo-liberal, but he was a social liberal and a social democrat when compared to the USA. He defended Ireland's interests competently with respect to Brexit, dealt with Covid reasonably well, led a rapid economic recovery, and feel down only on long term infrastructural planning and development which has not exactly been a strength in any country in recent times. The rapid rise in the economy and population left the public housing, transport, healthcare, and childcare services under-developed, but even these are gradually being addressed despite some structural obstacles (such as lack of capacity in those sectors).

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Mar 25th, 2024 at 09:45:43 AM EST
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I know, but everyone is getting their hate on for him because he didn't fix all the domestic issues.  I'm just saying NI would have been better off with Varadkar than with anything that has slouched toward Downing Street in the last generation.  Or two.
by rifek on Mon Mar 25th, 2024 at 06:46:22 PM EST
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