a-Fisking we shall go : Ray “Bertie” Basset in the S*n

Every now and again, to remind us that there are worse comentators than Andrew Lillico, Ray “Bertie” Basset opines in some English newspaper. Today’s screed is from the S*n . No, I wont link to it. Google it.

Herewith a fisk,

THE Taoiseach and the Irish establishment are getting increasingly anxious about the Brexit intentions of the new British administration under Boris Johnson.

Ray, Everybody is getting worried about Alexander De Piffle. Everybody.

They have every reason to worry. Ireland has played the whole Brexit process very badly, right from the outset, and now finds itself in a very difficult situation.

Have we now? Lets see….

The demise of Theresa May and the routing of the pro-EU elements of the Conservative Party was in large measure caused by the Taoiseach and his insistence on an unfair backstop.

Such devilish power! MAcavity, and Moriarty and the Three Eyed Raven together could not equal this.

The Irish strategy was to do the work of Brussels, which essentially was to either reverse the outcome of the referendum or tie the British so close to the EU that it made no difference. The weapon used was the backstop in the Withdrawal Agreement, which we, as the UK’s neighbour and supposed partner under the Good Friday Agreement, should never have endorsed so enthusiastically.

Hang on. Brussels is doing Ireland’s bidding? Or the other way around?

Now the outcome of local and EU elections in Britain, followed closely by the arrival of Mr Johnson as PM, has put paid to any realistic prospect that their strategy would work.

Well, indeed. The UK has, to paraphrase Lincoln, turned its back on the flames and must now learn to sit on the blisters

The appointment of a fully committed set of pro-Brexit ministers has emphasised the seriousness of Mr Johnson’s intent about leaving, with or without a deal, on Halloween.

Yes, we get that. Three times you have told it

While official Irish spokespersons continue to articulate the mantra about the Agreement being the only show in town, in private they are fully aware they may have missed the boat by failing to compromise on the backstop.

Speculation. Worse, a disguised humblebrag “I was ambassador to Canada you know, ages ago, true, but ambassador! So there”. Its designed to make the credulous reader, and boy are the S*n readers credulous, think “ e woz an ambassador e waz, bet he has loads of inside infor”

It was that intransigence which has led to the present unsatisfactory situation.

Are we talking about the UK here Ray or …?

This is in no way to lessen the contribution that the ¬former PM Ms May had in arriving at the present impasse.

Now Mr Johnson has no room to manoeuvre on the backstop and survive.

Oh well.

A deep frost has entered Irish/British relations and the perfunctory phone contact between the two PMs merely served to confirm that their relative positions on Brexit are irreconcilable.

Yes, unicorns and blockchain rainbows tend to be unachievable

The dreaded no-deal is becoming more possible daily. Now the Irish Government is in a dilemma.

It can brace for those undoubted ¬serious consequences and ride out the rough patch, trying to survive by appealing to old fashioned Anglophobia and seeking the age-old refuge of the scoundrel, patriotism.

So, patriotism, Bertie (britian’s greatest asset, remember the ad?) is fine if its upstanding blighty but scoundrelous  if its not?

The most sensible alternative would be to swallow our pride and open up direct bilateral discussions with London on how to keep the Irish border free-flowing post-Brexit.


After all, it is the common objective of both governments to maintain the present arrangements, as much as possible.

Is it? Seemingly, and you said it above, the UK is now committed to a no-deal. So, that makes the present arrangements impossible, definitionally. Honestly, some basic logic lacking here.

In addition, there are signs several other EU governments are getting anxious about the backstop and may question the continued usefulness of a policy which has clearly failed.

Pray give us some of these signs

Better to change now before it is forced on Dublin. We have been doing the dirty work of Brussels and it is time we stopped and concentrated on the Irish national interests.

Which is to stay in the EU and the SM Ray. Else we would be back piss poor and subservient, as you will (fondly?) recall we were  pre 1972.

It is overwhelmingly to our benefit if Brexit could be achieved in as smooth a way as possible.

Twould. But Alexander De Piffle has other ideas.

Given the close connections between Ireland and Britain, we should be lobbying hard to get the Brits a good deal.

We are.

To date we have been doing the complete opposite. Ireland has largely jettisoned its commitments under the Good Friday Agreement and thrown its lot completely in with the EU.

We are in the EU. I know this may be hard to take but , like the existence of mango iced tea, some things are, no matter how hard we wish they were not

We should have acted as a bridge between London and Brussels, seeking a smooth and successful Brexit. Instead we acted as the EU’s cat’s paw.

Isnt the Brexit narriative that we are both dupes of Brussels and they dupes of us? Didn’t you get the briefing

It is not too late to change and dump the backstop. If not and we continue down this self-destructive role, then the Irish public will wake up to the huge error of judgement being made in their name.

That’s the backstop that Alex De Piffle voted for thrice? The one he endorsed as  a minister when the UK invented it?

In such circumstances, Theresa May will not be the last head of government to lose her political career as a result of the backstop.

Yea, looks poor for Alexander

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