Fintan O’Toole: “The Irish border is a matter of life and death, not technology”

8 Oct

Another great article from O’Toole about the Irish “problem”.

Money quotes:

“Writing about music is said to be like dancing about architecture. Using the language of technology to address the questions of history and belonging on the island of Ireland is geeking about memory – like trying to make an algorithm for grief. It’s a category error that shunts the problem not just into “alternative arrangements” but into a parallel universe.”

“The other irony is that Brexit itself is predicated on the idea that a technocratic discourse is entirely inadequate to the task of understanding how people feel about who they are and where they belong. Its bogeymen are faceless bureaucrats in Brussels who can never appreciate the importance of identity and history to the English. Yet the Irish are invited by the very same people to forget history and identity [my emphasis], to just lie back and think of “maximum facilitation”.”

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