Hallelujah! The UK is finally out of the European Union and one of my lifelong political aspirations has become a reality! I don’t think Northern Ireland, as an integral part of the UK, actually realises the economic potential in deals that it can negotiate.
Yes, we did need some massive trade agreements to ensure Brexit does not turn the island of Ireland into a third rate banana republic. The EU has fairly terse relations with Russia at the best of times.
But given BoJo’s close relationship with President Trump, and the fact that its re-election year for the President in 2020, there is a lot of suspicion that a future Johnston/Trump administration could cause havoc with our already under strain National Health Service in the UK.
So what would be so wrong about looking east to Moscow, as well as keeping the option open of looking west to Washington?
But mention Moscow and many folk automatically scream - The Russians are coming! No, it’s not an invasion or the beginning of World War Three, merely a recognition that a Celtic-Russian Alliance would be a sound economic base for the Emerald Isle.
Russian boss Vladimir Putin may be ex-KGB, but when it comes to leading his nation, he’s the type of ‘no punches pulled, head buckeroo’ which the UK and Ireland can only dream about.
In the bad old days of the Cold War, the Hard Right in Britain used to scream their pants off about Ireland becoming Europe’s Cuba.
Groups like the Tory Monday Club always warned the old commie Soviet Union could overrun the UK through the neutral Irish Republic.
Ironically, this ‘Red Under The Bed’ scare was the same tactic Churchill slobbered on about when Ireland was neutral during World War Two.
There was much talk the IRA had teamed up with Hitler’s Nazis to use the South as an invasion launch pad into the UK.
Now that the UK has finally quit the EU, the next task for the pro-Union community in Northern Ireland’s ‘to do’ list is to persuade Southern. Ireland to leave the cash-strapped European Union.
In blunt political terms, Southern Ireland will have no other choice but to follow ‘The Auld Enemy’ out of the EU. Southern politicians will have a clear choice - do they put the aspirations of a united Ireland first, or the welfare of their people first?
Sounds like bitter medicine for the South to swallow. But there is an even bigger nightmare for the Republic.
In spite of BoJo dishing buckets of political cold water on the SNP’s call for a second independence referendum, if Scotland should ever opts for independence, the Scottish National Party has vowed to keep the new nation in the EU.
This could leave the South and the Scots as a lonely backwater region on the geographical backside of Europe. Not a pretty sight!
Putin wants to rebuild the Russian empire. The West and the Yanks might be mouthing off about Putin’s tactics in Crimea and the Ukraine, but the Russian boss has proven he doesn’t give a crap what the Allies think or do!
What would be so wrong economically about the Irish climbing into bed with Putin and forming the Celtic Russian Alliance?
Republicans like to boast about the Irish American links. But with the US facing its own economic crisis, the American cash cow – like the old EU cash cow the late Rev Ian Paisley used to talk about – has been milked dry.
The EU simply doesn’t have the euros for another Irish bailout. My advice to the next Taoiseach - dump the eurozone and bring back the punt; that’s the patriotic thing to do!
Now that the UK has quit the EU, they will need more political clout than some of the former African colonies to make the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association a viable economic alternative to the EU.
If the UK could team up with Stalin’s Russia to conquer Hitler’s Nazis, the UK could also allow Putin’s Russia to become a CPA member.
And given the British military record in Iraq and Afghanistan, or dare I mention the Black and Tans in Ireland, or the concentration camps during the Boer Wars, the English need not pontificate about Putin’s kick ass policy in Ukraine or any of the other troublesome former Soviet republics.
If the Dail and Stormont along with the Kremlin were to do a formal deal, it could pave the way for Putin joining the CPA. After all, Ireland was a founder member of the original Empire Parliamentary Association when it was established in 1911.
Indeed, the modern day CPA contains nations who were never part of the former British Empire so the CPA is most certainly not the colonial empire rebranded. It is a very viable economic power bloc.
In spite of Putin’s KGB background, the Christian Church is flourishing again in Russia, and there’s talk of a return of the Tsarist Russian royal family.
Putin has the dosh to bring Ireland firmly out of any perceived post Brexit economic recession.
Think of the financial benefits for the Emerald Isle if Putin persuaded Russian tourists to visit Ireland, and students to continue their education at Irish colleges and universities?
Travel most anywhere in the globe and you’ll find an Irish community. Rather than head for a jobless future in the US or Australia, why can’t our young people travel to Moscow and other Russian cities to broaden their horizons?
If Varadkar or Martin really wants to be Taoiseach, and Arlene wants to remain as Stormont First Minister, they should be on the phone to Putin and make my Celtic-Russian Alliance a money-spinning reality.