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15 minutes ago, Thane of Cawdor said:

All right, Mr Tetchy. A couple of years ago Boris Johnson made the comment below in the context of the UK leaving the European Union.

“If Monsieur Hollande wants to administer punishment beatings that anyone chooses to escape, rather in the manner of some World War Two movie, then I don’t think that’s the way forward.”

That was one reason for my reference to punishment beatings. The second reason was the close relationship between Sinn Fein and Republican paramilitaries whose methods of policing "anti-social" activities in their communities frequently involved punishment beatings. Finally, as you probably know, Irish Republicans have no great fondness for the UK  (and England in particular. Given this hostility, it's not unreasonable to infer that their involvement in negotiations might lack sympathy towards the UK. I don't think this is like,ly but it was a reasonable comment. I hope I have put your suspicions to rest.

"inextricably linked" is the terminology

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Fine Gael/Fianna Fail coalition?
"ruled nothing out" - except a coalition with Sinn Fein, it would appear.


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