Kevin Myers is a columnist in Ireland’s Independent newspaper, and seemingly is a brilliant fellow. I haven’t had time to read much of his stuff, but consider this pungent observation of the European Union:
‘Moreover, there is no “European” identity. We might share many cultural influences and traditions, but even language, proximity and similarity of culture do not confer a shared political identity, as the lowlands of Scotland and the north of England are in the melancholy process of discovering. Umbrellas like the EU are just that: no-one ever confuses the sheltered with the shelter, least of all the sheltered. And even then, just because you’re under the same shelter with someone doesn’t mean you want to have sex with them, or live together for the rest of your lives. Our ‘No’ vote is a people-sent opportunity for the governments of Europe to step back and consider our future. Do the Poles and the Spaniards and the Germans and the Swedes and the Irish have so much in common that they could genuinely have a single foreign policy and a single foreign minister that would fairly represent all their best interests?
True, Mr Myers. And to that, may I paraphrase this?
Do the Dakotans and the Carolinians and the New Yorkers and the Alaskans and the Texans have so much in common that they could genuinely have a single policy and a single government that would fairly represent all their best interests?