| -0.5°C Belfast

Close

Premium


Malachi O'Doherty

There is no 'Union', there's just England and the rest of us

Malachi O'Doherty


Brexit exposed the fallacy of thinking we were equal partners

Close

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham (Martin Rickett/PA)

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham (Martin Rickett/PA)

PA

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham (Martin Rickett/PA)

Brexit has nearly turned me into an Irish republican - and might yet. For now, I am a British republican. That is to say, I live in the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom. I participate fully in my citizenship, paying my taxes and obeying the laws and voting in elections to parliaments and councils.

I am a republican in the sense that I have no regard for the royal family, other than as an occasionally intriguing soap opera, and would vote, if occasion arose, for the abolition of the monarchy.

But I'm not taking to the streets, or the barricades, on the issue, because it is an unwinnable cause. And, not being as British by identity as some other people, it matters less to me than to them. Let them have their Queen.


Related Content






Privacy