I recall back when I was in the An Phoblacht office in Dublin coming across a sneering comment by a Unionist MP in the Six Counties.
I know that doesn’t narrow it down much.
However, remember that he referred to the 26 County area as “Mexico”.
The implication was clear enough.
Norn Iron was the developed country with a poor, backward neighbour south of the border.
Of course, there is so much wrong with that mindset.
Firstly, the Six County statelet is and never was a country-mar a deirtear, is é sin scéal eile.
I was reminded of this when I read this piece form the Financial Times on the Pound Sterling.
You can read the full piece here.
A Bank of America analyst Kamal Sharma stated that the UK currency was “a better match with the Mexican peso than the US dollar…”
“We believe sterling is evolving into a currency that resembles the underlying reality of the British economy: small and shrinking with a growing dual deficit problem…”
The Brexit fantasy is that in there 21st-century Britain is a major player on the world stage just as it was back when Belfast was the biggest city on this island.
“Brits in space” might be the title of a future comedy series.
The British efforts to go it alone post-Brexit are already producing headlines that would not be out of place if Malcolm Tucker snarled them.
Meanwhile, on this side of the British imposed border in Ireland, we work with our gallant allies in Europe.
For the day that’s in it, we are not without our own homegrown problems.
Here’s a clue
Despite the musical chairs in Dáil Éireann, there is a lot that we, as a society, have got right recently.
The response to the Covid19 crisis in this jurisdiction has been markedly more competent that the approach in the Six Counties.
The latter has, in part, been taking their lead from London.
I think you can see a problem right there, dear reader.
Of course, the ramshackle state of the two-tier health provision in the 26 Counties had long been a fallback position to anyone of the Unionist persuasion.
If they were asked about a future 32 county state, they would simply state that they would not want to lose the NHS.
For the avoidance of doubt, there was a genuine point to be made there.
However, the Covid19 pandemic has imposed a de facto Irish NHS here in the Republic.
In the law of unintended consequences, it isn’t easy to see the old dispensation being reinstated.
The mass of ordinary people will not tolerate health provision based on the ability to pay rather than clinical need.
It is cruelly ironic that moves are already in play in the back channels to usher in US-based insurance companies to the health provision in the UK.
The intelligent proposition on this island going forward is to “Think 32”.
As for the that Unionist MP all he needs to do today is to go to the 1911 census and compare and contrast Béal Feirste with Baile Átha Cliath.
It was clear that in the Edwardian Period the Ulster city was the most important conurbation on this island.
The 2011 census would point to a very different state of affairs.
Quite simply, Partition has been an economic disaster for the northern city over the last century.
If anyone stated today that Belfast was still the preeminent conurbation on the island, then they would be a close personal friend of nonsense.
Indeed, they even know that Norn Iron MP.