The English Provincial Conservatives Killed the Union

Letter to the Editor

On Wednesday evening, Conservative Party Cabinet Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg called Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross ‘lighthearted’ after he called on Boris Johnson to quit at the Downing Street drinks event during the lockdown.

Let’s be fair to even that pair of arrogant Tory Toffs, Rees-Mogg and Johnson – are they after all only the authentic voice of most provincial English Tory Brexiteers today?

Just look at the polls which showed that most English Tory voters put Brexit ahead of Union with Scots or with Ulster.

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So why should most Scots – or most Ulsterers (and most voters in every region who rejected Brexit) want a permanent union with (or no longer really under) English Tories who don’t clearly do not want?

Or respect them? Or who do not share their commitment to the EU? Or to a regulated social market economy?

Is it now time to recognize that the Union has been killed – by English provincial conservative ultra-nationalism – and to start really thinking outside the box? The South, like Ulster and Scots, wants to be in the EU – and we have a lot in common too (although not with English Tory Brexiteer toffs) so it’s time to explore a Scottish-Ulster-tripartite very loose Irish Confederation — within the European Union?

Tom Carew, Ranelagh, Dublin 6

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