The Irish Times has an editorial which everyone should read, especially our politicians - and equate it with the situation we in Britain are now experiencing. The editorial is headed "Was it for this?"
Some extracts are worthy of repetition and these should be shoved sideways - and with great force - up the appropriate orifice of our own politicians:
"The true ignominy of our current situation is not that our sovereignty has been taken away from us, it is that we ourselves have squandered it."
"It is the incompetence of the governments we ourselves elected that has so deeply compromised our capacity to make our own decisions."
"What we do expect, however, is that those decisions will still be our own. A nation’s independence is defined by the choices it can make for itself."
"To drag this State down from those heights and make it again subject to the decisions of others is an achievement that will not soon be forgiven."
Echoing the sentiments expressed by the Irish Times and applying them to the United Kingdom, one can but repeat that the past centuries have involved the United Kingdom fighting many wars to protect our country, its democracy and traditions. Every November we hold a ceremony at the Cenotaph to honour those who have died in two World Wars and those more recent. And for what, exactly, did those that we honour sacrifice their lives?
As the Irish Times so eloquently writes, a nation's independence is defined by the choices it can make for itself - that is what sovereignty is about. Unlike Ireland, where referendums are required - and where if the response of the electorate is not that wanted, they then insist on a rigged re-run - we in the United Kingdom have had to watch, unasked, while our politicians gave away our powers of self-government, in the process not only debasing us, but themselves.
This afternoon David Cameron, appearing at a hearing before the Select Committee Chairmen, refused to discuss any aspect of the Ireland problem, stating he felt it would be wrong to pass comment on the difficulties of another nation. FFS, what else does he do at PMQs but give us his opinion on Afghanistan, the United States et all!
I can but repeat that history has shown, on more than one occasion, retribution by a nation's people is finite and, invariably, extremely bloody!