We followed with interest an exchange over the weekend between Times columnist Kenny Farquharson and the anti-Brexit QC Jolyon Maugham, regarding the difference between the UK government’s insistence that there won’t be a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland because of the UK leaving the EU, and its continued insistence that there WOULD have to be one between the rUK and an independent Scotland, despite the legal circumstances being indistinguishable.
Farquharson, who like much of the Scottish political commentariat clings doggedly to the implausible dream of a “federal” UK, was adamant that the rules would – and indeed that they should – be different for the two ostensibly identical situations, and his given reason was a deeply disturbing one.
Kenny, it seems, thinks Scottish nationalists should do a lot more murdering.
Because that’s the inescapable conclusion of the argument that says “You have to make an exception for Northern Ireland or they’ll start killing each other again”. There’s been peace in the province for almost 20 years, but the death toll of the “Troubles” ran into the thousands, most of them innocent civilians on both sides.
And if you say that bombing pubs and shooting people in the streets means you should get more favourable political treatment in the future, then logically that must also be true everywhere else, and therefore that if Scottish nationalists want to get a better deal from the rUK then they really need to start blowing bits of it up pronto.
And while that would certainly sell a lot of papers, and justify a lot of abysmal articles from idiot pundits about the “Ulsterisation” of Scottish politics, we’re sure that when he sits down and thinks about it it’s not what Kenny Farquharson really wants at all. In which case, it might be an idea if he stopped sounding like he did.