Tuesday, 16 October 2018
The Nightmare of History. Fintan O'Toole podcast
Brexit, like all revolutions, imagines a Year Zero, a new history that began in June 2016 with the glorious victory of the Leave campaign in the referendum.
But history cannot be shaken off so easily and, for good and ill, Britain's past is also an Irish past. And in some ways, this history is repeating itself, except with the roles reversed. Where Britain long imagined itself beset by the Irish Question, Ireland know has an English Question. It is as if there is a constant quantum of nationalist angst on these islands so that as it diminishes on one island it rises on the other.
You can hear his lecture here: