It is difficult to fathom the attitude of the British political elite. What is the thinking behind their evident disdain for the Good Friday Agreement? What is the supposed gain which is deemed to be worth the possibility of reigniting bloody conflict in Northern Ireland? What is the ‘end-game’? What is the ultimate objective?
Assuming that those driving the Brexit process have some destination in mind – even if they lack any evident plan for getting there – what might that place look like? Given the huge risks that they are prepared to take, and the sacrifices that they are demanding of all of us, what end could possibly justify the means? What vision so enchants the Mad Brexiteers that they will gamble all to achieve it? What siren song lures them so irresistibly to the rocks and reefs of Brexit?
What manner of ‘Promised Land’ do British Nationalists envisage? What paradise do they see where the rest of us see only several kinds of hell? Obsessive ‘One Nation’ British Nationalism is on the march. But where do they think they are taking us?
Is it possible that they suppose imposing a hard border in Ireland won’t endanger the fragile peace there? Or have they recognised the potentially disastrous consequences and decided that it is a price worth paying for their ‘dream’?
Is it possible that they believe their blatant assault on Scotland’s democratic institutions won’t provoke a serious reaction? Or have they foreseen that reaction and calculated that they have the capacity to deal with it?
What is going on in their minds? What kind of mentality is it which could contemplate a resumption of ‘The Troubles’, and consider it no obstacle to their purpose?
It has been suggested that the British government is being just as reckless with what Theresa May describes as their “precious, precious Union”. It is often said, not without some justification, that the behaviour of the current London administration implies it has no interest in preserving the Union. But this apparent equanimity in the face of renewed terrorist violence and the dissolution of the UK may be suggestive of something other than dumb ignorance of, or disdainful disregard for, consequences. It may be evidence of a prideful faith that the will of the British political elite and the superiority of the British state will always prevail.
What manner of ideology is it which proceeds on the basis of an assumed ability to override the will of the people?
Think about that for a moment. Consider that what inspires these British Nationalists is the notion of a British state under a regime which is capable of crushing a terrorist threat as readily as it can subdue democratic dissent. What kind of regime would that be? What kind of state are they seeking to create?
What sick, twisted ambition is driving the British Nationalist project?
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