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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: Any correlation between the truth and what Liz Truss said was entirely coincidental

Truss was in a full-on state of denial. If she had accidentally mouthed the odd truth she would definitely make sure that she never made that mistake again. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters
Trus wz in a fl-on stet v dnayl. F ś hd axdnṭli mǎɖd ɖ od truʈ ś wd defiṇtli mc śr ɖt ś nvr md ɖt mstec agn. Foṭgraf: Hnri Niclz/Rôtrz

Eni coṛleśn btwn ɖ truʈ n ẃt Liz Trus sd wz intîrli cǒinsdntl

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on Tuesday 17 May 2022)

Tōriz’ Brexit-d’renjmnt sindrom wz in fl swñ az Trus gev stetmnt on plan t dis’plî Norɖn Îrḷnd proṭcol

John Crace

Jon Crês, Tyzde 17 Me 2022

Ɖr wz gwñ t b hel t pe ẃn Liz Trus faund ǎt hu hd ngośietd, agrìd n sînd ɖ Norɖn Îrḷnd proṭcol. Ẃt’s mor, nwn hd evr sd ɖr wz an ilex́n-winñ, uvn-redi Brexit dīl on ɖ tebl bac in 2019. Ɖt wz ɖ cnd v śemlis lî onli opziśnpartiz cd tel …

Boris Jonsn hz ɖ nac v brññ evrwn dǎn t hiz levl in ɖ end. C’rupt, narssistic, incompitnt. Ɖ foṛn secṛtri z jst ɖ lêtist – f intîrli cmplisit – victim in ɖs. So ẃn ś cem t ɖ Comnz t gv hr stetmnt on guvnmntplanz t dis’plî ɖ Norɖn Îrḷnd proṭcol, Trus wz in a fl-on stet v dnayl. Eni coṛleśn btwn ẃt ś sd n ɖ truʈ wz intîrli cǒinsdntl. N f ś hd axdnṭli mǎɖd ɖ od truʈ ś wd defiṇtli mc śr ɖt ś nvr md ɖt mstec agn.

Ẃt w got wz slrd ramḅlñz reṃnisnt v smwn struñ ǎt on fnṭnil. Ɖ Norɖn Îrḷnd proṭcol hd nvr bn intndd t b set in ston. It hd olwz bn jst a tmprri fix untl ɖ YC guvnmnt cem p wɖ smʈñ it lîct betr. Riyli? Trus clirli hd’nt bn folowñ hǎ ɖ Convict hd sold it t ɖ cuntri bac in 2019. Ɖen it hd bn ɖ ansr – ɖ Majic Bŭlit – t evri Brexitr’z drīmz.

Ɖr wz clirli a part v Trus ɖt ń ś wz spywñ a wrdsaḷd v boḷcs bcz ś stumbld ovr sntnsz n spouc in a r’botic moṇton. Az f struġlñ t disingej fṛm ẃt’s left v hr conśns. Telñ lîz on ɖs scel mst b so c’rosiv t eni sns v prsnl integṛti n slf-wrʈ. Ɖr me stl b a smōl part v hr ɖt nz ś z a frōd. Bt it mst b sîḷnst. Ś hz sold hr soul in ɖ b’lif ɖt hr ambiśn cn onli b riylîzd bî ǎt-Cnvictñ ɖ Convict. It w’nt end wel. Slīpwōcñ n wośñ hr handz.

Yt on ś wnt. Ɖ proṭcol hd hd unintndd consiqnsz. Consiqnsz, sć az a bordr in ɖ Îriś Sì, ɖt hd bn wîdli pridictd loñ bfr ɖ Brexit dīl hd bn agrìd. Bt Trus wz at penz t pônt ǎt ɖt ś wz’nt planñ t scrap ɖ proṭcol. Jst rendr it toṭli unrecgnîẓbl unls ɖ YY hapnd t agri t evrʈñ ɖ YC guvnmnt asct.

N it wz defiṇtli līgl t brec inṭnaśnl lwz. Ś ń ɖt bcz ɖ guvnmnt hd tecn advîs fṛm a top loyr, ɖo ś cd’nt se hu ɖt top loyr wz bcz it wz a sīcrit. Luc̣li ś dd’nt nīd t. Ɖ atrnijenṛl, Suela Braṿmn, wz sitñ rît bî hr sîd. Smʈñ ɖt śd hv gvn most Tōriz sm pōz fr ʈt, az Braṿmn z wn v ɖ dimist loyrz arnd. Ɖ cnd v loyr ɖt nn v hr pirz wd īvn trust t witnis a pasportfoto. Stl, ś z toṭli cmplaynt n wl se ẃtvr z rqîrd. Ẃć z ẃ Jonsn valyz hr.

Stìvn Dǎti, standñ in fr Devid Lami, hu wz slf-îṣletñ, traid t spel ǎt a fy homtruɖz. It hd bn Jonsn’z guvnmnt hu hd cm p wɖ ɖ proṭcol. Trus śc hr hed. It defiṇtli hd’nt bn. Dǎti prest on. Îɖr ɖ guvnmnt hd’nt unḍstd ẃt it wz sînñ p t, or it hd olwz intndd t rneg on ɖ dīl. H fūliśli míst ǎt an obvịs ʈrd opśn. Ɖt ɖ Convict n Trus hd’nt hd a clu ẃt ɖe wr dwñ n hd pland on tẹrñ p ɖ agrīmnt.

Lebr wz ol fr smōl amndmnts t ɖ proṭcol, sd Dǎti. Lîc endñ ćecs on sanẉjz ɖt hd no ćans v biyñ smugld ovr ɖ bordr t ɖ rpublic. Ɖz h wz śr ɖ YY cd agri t. Bt bigr ćenjz wr a fanṭsi. Smʈñ ɖt wd nt onli sparc a tred wor wɖ ɖ YY – Trus prct p at ɖs: ś’z olwz fansid hrslf az a latr-de Gloriana drept in a yńn jac – bt wd snd a mesij t ɖ rest v ɖ wrld ɖt ɖ YC cd nt b trustd t cīp eni v its inṭnaśnl obḷgeśnz.

Nǎ Trus fŭli lost ɖ plot. It wz lîc ɖs, ś sd. Ɖ YC hd onli agrìd t ɖ proṭcol bcz it hd nvr xpctd ɖ YY t acć̣li aplî it. Ś hd olwz ʈt ɖt ɖ YY hd bn ngośietñ in īqli az bad feʈ az ɖ Convict n it hd cm az a totl śoc ɖt ɖe hd riyli mnt ẃt ɖe sd. Ɖt wz’nt hǎ līgl agrīmnts norṃli wrct.

Ɖ guvnmnt’s prîoṛti wz t prizrv ɖ Gd Frîde agrīmnt, ẃć wz toṭli incmpatbl wɖ ɖ proṭcol – ś stl dd’nt nǒ hu hd bn mronic inuf t sîn ɖ agrīmnt – so it wz nǎ hr dyti t brec ɖ lw f ɖ YY dd’nt oblîj. Ẃć ś hopt ɖe wd’nt.

Sîmn Hòr, ɖ ćer v ɖ Norɖn Îrḷnd s’lect cmiti, wz apōld Trus cd b cnsiḍrñ brecñ ɖ lw, bt olmst evri uɖr Tori MP wz xtatic. Bil Caś recnd w śd b startñ a landwor wɖ Jrṃni – h’l nvr b trūli hapi untl ɖ Hun hz bn tòt a lésn. T’rīza Viłrz ʈt w śd puniś ɖ YY fr nt tecñ ɖ Qīn’z platinmjūḅli sirịsli inuf.

Brexit-d’renjmnt sindrom wz in fl swñ. Ol ɖoz MPz hu hd loñd fr sm poẓtiv Brexit nyz wr on ɖer fīt. Stīv Becr rvild himslf t b a clozit Marxist. Ẃt wz nīdd wz daylectics. Ɖ YY wz suḟrñ fṛm fōls conśsnis bî aplayñ ɖ proṭcol so w wd b dwñ ɖm a fevr bî ignorñ it. Blesid r ɖ pīs-mcrz. Cris Grelñ ʈt it wz ɖ YY hu wz brecñ ɖ lw. Bles. Gv him a stic n h’l fînd ɖ roñ end v it. Pītr Bon sevd ɖ bst fr last. Brexit hd onli bn poṣbl bcz Boris hd bn priperd t lî. So ẃt wz rqîrd wz yt mor layñ.

Ɖ DYP’z Jefri Donldsn olso hd s’lectiv amnīzia. H hd nvr s’portd ɖ proṭcol, h sd. Ɖo h defiṇtli hd. H wz left t a prîṿt grīf. Nwn rmîndd him ɖt ɖ DYP hd olso hd ɖer ćansz n blù it bî opozñ T’rīza Me’z Norɖn Îrḷnd bacstop. Ɖt wd hv iliṃnetd a bordr in ɖ Îriś Sì …

Bî nǎ Trus hd cmplitli tynd ǎt. Hr wrc wz dn. Ś hd lct tuf fr ɖ Brex̣ti bacbnćrz ẃl pisñ of ɖ Îriś n ɖ YY. Îdiyl fr hr līdrśp ćansz. Evri clǎd n ol ɖt.

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Fṛm ɖ Gardịn │ Boris Johnson is flailing – so he is reviving his Brexit greatest hits

Anti-Boris Johnson protesters outside Downing Street, London, April 2022. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images
Anti-Boris Jonsn pṛtstrz ǎtsd Dǎnñ Strīt, Lundn, Epril 2022. Foṭgraf: Tolga Acmén/AFP/Geti Iṃjz

Boris Jonsn z flelñ – so h z rvîvñ hiz Brexit gretist hits

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 26 April 2022)

Ɖ prîm̦inistr’z plan t ovŗîd ɖ Norɖn Îrḷnd proṭcol z a tîrd rpit v ɖ dsoṇsti ɖt got him ilectd

Raphael Behr

Rafel Behr, Tyzde 26 Epril 2022

Wn de, ẃn Boris Jonsn z no longr prîm̦inistr, n ɖ fl caṭlog v hiz frōdz z cmpîld, a speśl ples wl b’loñ t wn ɖt got him ilectd in ɖ frst ples. Bfr h atndd eni locdǎn partiz, bfr ɖr wr pandemic rūlz t brec or lîz t tel abt ɖ brecij, ɖr wz ɖ promis t Gt Brexit Dn.

It z nt dn. Ɖt z ẃ Jonsn’z guvnmnt z draftñ a lw ɖt wd gv ministrz ɖ pǎr t ovŗîd ɖ Norɖn Îrḷnd proṭcol v ɖ Brexit dīl. Ɖs z ɖ vri trīti ɖt Jonsn hêld az “gret”, “xḷnt”, a flfilmnt v ol hiz ngośietñ ambiśnz. F ɖt wr tru, h wd nt nǎ b planñ t set it on fîr.

Sǎnd fmiłr? It śd d. It z ɖ lêtist sīql in a hacnid franćîz wɖ a forḿlêic plot. In ɖ Brex̣tir imaɉneśn it z an ax́n’dvnćr muvi. Bruslz hz tecn a porśn v YC sovṛnti hostij. Pluci Boris mst g in, ol gunz blezñ, t rtriv it. In sć esc̣pedz v derñ-du, pleyñ bî ɖ rūlz n rspctñ trītiz z fr rmonrsoftiz.

A recap fṛm prīvịs eṗsodz: t avôd riimpozñ a hard bordr on ɖ îḷnd v Îrḷnd, a speśl custmzreźīm wz agrìd fr ɖ Norʈ ɖt rqîrz ćecs on sm gdz crosñ fṛm ɖ Britiś mênḷnd. Jonsn sînd p t ɖs. Ministrz nǎ clem it wz nvr mnt t b a prṃnnt s’lūśn, bî ẃć ɖe mīn Jonsn laid t hiz Yṛpiyn cǎnṭparts az wel az hiz votrz. H nvr intndd t onr ɖ dīl.

Untl nǎ, ɖ guvnmnt’s ajteśn hz bn xprest bî fnġrñ, bt nvr qt pŭlñ, ɖ trigr on articl 16 – ɖ brec̦lōz ritn intu ɖ Brexit dīl. Bt articl 16 z a rùt t mor ngośieśn n mīdieśn wɖn ɖ scop v ɖ trīti itslf. It z a cnvnśnl wepn. Ɖ ny dvîs biyñ asmbld in ɖ Dǎnñ Strīt buncr gz ńclir.

Wl it b deṭnetd? Vetṛnz v past Brexit worz wl b fmiłr wɖ ɖ cost-beṇfit iqeźn. It cmz dǎn t a tst v ẃr Jonsn ʈncs hiz śort-trm slf-inṭrest lîz. Ɖ ʈiyri z ɖt it tecs a propr crîsis fr Bruslz t tec notis v Britiś grīvns. Cuṛntli, ɖ YY z adresñ ɖ Norɖn Îrḷnd qsćn in tecnicl, līgl trmz, via ɖ cmiśn. Jonsn wonts t esc̣let it t a dīl btwn p’liticl līdrz. H ʈncs a Britiś prîm̦inistr śd’nt hv t hagl wɖ byṛcrats. H śd b stićñ smʈñ p wɖ Paris n Brlin. Ɖt’s hǎ it wrct in ɖ old dez. Bt in ɖ old dez Britn wz a membr v ɖ YY. Ɖt z’nt hǎ it wrcs fr “ʈrd cuntriz”.

A dǎnsîd t confṛnteśn z ɖt it wd b dvîsiv at a tîm ẃn wstn neśnz r strîvñ fr soḷdaṛti ovr Ruśa’z atac on Ycren. On ɖt frunt, Jonsn ʈncs hiz cṛdnślz az a stōlẉt frend v Cyīv r sfiśntli wel istabliśt – n notd in Wośñtn – ɖt h hz rigl rūm t mc dmandz ovr Norɖn Îrḷnd, a subjict on ẃć ɖ Americnz mt prīvịsli hv slapt him dǎn.

Bt steṭs az ɖ most pro-Ycreńn līdr in ɖ rūm dz’nt gt Jonsn az far az h ʈncs in Bruslz, ẃr h z’nt in ɖ acćl rūm. H nīdz gdwil fṛm Emmanuel Macron t śift dipḷmatic dîlz fr him on ɖ Yṛpiyn caunsl. Ɖ Frenć prezidnt, wɖ a nyli aqîrd dmestic mandet bt a lot v trubl in hiz in-tre, w’nt spend eni p’liticl capitl dwñ fevrz fr a man h mstrusts, hvñ dlt wɖ him bfr.

Ɖ prîm̦inistr hz nvr bn wn fr cultvetñ foṛn alaynsz, sins it rqîrz cnsistnsi n rlạbiḷti. Hiz inṭrests r mor p’rocịl. Olso, wūndd bî Partiget, hiz foc̣s z nǎ on ɖ bér-nucl fît fr svîvl. T ɖt end, a confḷgreśn v YY iśuz mt hlp t ʈw rleśnz wɖ ɖ rîtwñ fax́n ɖt tṛdiśṇli setlz ɖ fet v Tori līdrz. It wd iṛtet modṛt MPz, bt ɖe r’nt az ruʈlis or az orġnîzd.

No rîvl fr ɖ līdrśp wl risc criṭsîzñ an act v hardlîn Brexit rvîṿlizm. Liz Trus, ɖ foṛn secṛtri, fansiz ɖ top job n z nośnli in ćarj v ngośieśnz ovr Norɖn Îrḷnd. Ś wd nt hv ćozn a mnūvr az wontnli vanḍlistic az ɖ proṭcol-ovŗîd bil, bt ś z sd t b recnsîld t ɖ muv. Ɖ ćanslr hz prīvịsli bn an obsṭcl ẃnvr Nu 10 hz wontd t pic fîts wɖ Bruslz, ćaṇlñ Treẓ́ri añzayti abt ɖ cost v a tredwor. Bt Riśi Sŭnac z badli dminiśt bî rīsnt p’liticl mșteps arnd tax – ɖ wnz h rezd fr votrz n ɖ wnz hiz nondoṃsîld spǎs avôdd peyñ. Jonsn no longr siz him az a ʈret.

Cabiṇt hz nt dscust ɖ plan t saḅtāj ɖ Brexit dīl in lw. Mć dpndz on ilex́nz nxt wīc. Ɖ Stormont-asmbli poul in Norɖn Îrḷnd cd trigr a crîsis bî mcñ Sinn Féin ɖ larjist parti. Yńnists wd ɖen lūz ɖ rît t nem ɖ frst ministr – a los v p’liticl prîṃsi ɖt wd b mostli simbolic, bt culćṛli intolṛbl fr ɖt rīzn. Mnẃl, f caunsl ilex́nz in Ñgḷnd rvil masiv discntnt wɖ Jonsn, Tori MPz me b sprd t muv agnst him.

Ɖen ɖr wd b dubl tmteśn t g ol in wɖ a Brexit bust-up. Jonsn wd se ɖt onli scrapñ ɖ proṭcol cd īz tnśnz in Norɖn Îrḷnd (olɖo in riaḷti ɖ ilex́n ɖr wl probbli śo a mjoṛti in fevr v cīpñ it). Ɖ ovŗîd lw mt nt īvn nīd t b pást. Ɖ prîm̦inistr wd b most inṭrestd in ɖ specṭcl – a batl wɖ Bruslz, obstrux́n in ɖ Hǎs v Lordz, ɖ fŭlṃneśnz v rmen-s’portñ libṛlz; a fîrwrcs dsple t gt ɖ old Yrosceptic cor vot ūwñ n āiñ in aprīśieśn, jst lîc ɖ old dez.

Wd it wrc? Probbli nt. Ɖ plej t Gt Brexit Dn hd sć bredʈ v apil bcz it rezd hop v endñ ɖ toxic, slf-involvd naśnl drama ovr an iśu ɖt most ppl hd nt cnsidrd ol ɖt importnt bfr a ćôs wz forst on ɖm in a reḟrendm. Onli a fnaticl mnoṛti misz ɖ fît inuf t rīstart it. N tde’z Jonsn hz lost ɖ nac ɖt hiz formr slf hd fr trnñ crîsis intu carnivl. Hiz leṿti no longr gts him līńnsi fṛm an ōdịns ɖt hz hŕd jst a fy tù mni lîz. Stl, ɖr wd b a srtn tîdi siṃtri f hiz dǎnfōl includd a Brexit bil ɖt ofrd fōls reẓluśn t a crîsis wɖt end – hiz last gret dsoṇsti in ofis biyñ a mirr v ɖ frst.

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In Ñspel: The Guardian view on the Bloody Sunday anniversary: the legacy remains

A mural in Derry depicting events from Bloody Sunday. ‘Half a century on, it is important to acknowledge this still unquiet legacy.’ Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images
A ḿṛl in Deri dpictñ ivnts fṛm Bludi Súnde. ’Haf a snć̣ri on, it z importnt t acnolij ɖs stl unqayt leġsi.’ Foṭgraf: Pōl Feʈ/AFP/Geti Iṃjz

Ɖ Gardịn vy on ɖ Bludi Súnde aṇvrsri: ɖ leġsi rmenz

(Transcription of an editorial published in the Guardian on 28 January 2022)

Īvn 50 yirz lêtr, ɖ cilñz in Deri in 1972 cast a loñ śado ovr Britn’z poḷsiz in Norɖn Îrḷnd

Frîde 28 Jańri 2022

Fr mni on bʈ sîdz v ɖ Îriś Sì, ɖ cilñ v 14 unarmd sivl-rîts deṃnstretrz bî membrz v ɖ Britiś armi’z Paṛśutrejimnt on Bludi Súnde in 1972 rmenz ɖ dfînñ ǎtrej v Norɖn Îrḷnd’z 30-yir Trublz. It wz srtnli ɖ most p’liticli daṃjñ t Britn. Ɖ śūtñz, ẃć tc ples in Deri’z Bogsîd district 50 yirz ago on Súnde, śoct ɖz îḷndz n ɖ wrld. Ɖe stl d n ɖe stl śd. Bludi Súnde wz nt ɖ onli snslis act v vayḷns jrñ ɖ Trublz. Mni mor cilñz wr carid ǎt jrñ ɖoz 30 yirz bî paṛmilitri grūps fṛm bʈ sîdz ɖn bî ɖ s’kṛtiforsz (n mor ɖn fîv tîmz az mni in ɖ ces v ɖ IRA). Bt ɖ śūtñz in Deri md ɖ Norɖn Îrḷnd crîsis dīpn dṛmaticli, léd t a stīp esc̣leśn v vayḷns, cōzd a būst in IRA rcrūtmnt n dd hyj repyteśnl harm t Britn, its Norɖn Îrḷnd poḷsi n its insttyśnz.

Olmst az bad az Bludi Súnde itslf wz ɖ ofiśl atmt t cuvr p ẃt hapnd, n ɖ lîz ɖt wr cnsistntli tld, includñ at ɖ hîist levl v guvnmnt n in ɖ frst jdiśl inqîri ɖt wz anǎnst dez aftr ɖ cilñz. In ɖ end it wd tec nirli 40 yirz bfr ɖ YC guvnmnt acnolijd ɖ truʈ abt 30 Jańri 1972 n apoḷjîzd, aftr Lord Savil’z inqîri faund in 2010 ɖt nn v ɖ caźltiz wr pozñ a ʈret or dwñ enʈñ ɖt wd jusṭfî śūtñ ɖm. Īvn nǎ, mni aspects v Bludi Súnde rmen sorsz v dspyt, in ptiklr ɖ feḷr t psy indivijl soljrz ʈru proṣkśnz.

Haf a snć̣ri on, it z importnt t acnolij ɖs stl unqayt leġsi. Norɖn Îrḷnd hz bn at pīs, mor or les, sins 1998. Ɖ ʈret v vayḷns, includñ stet n paṛmilitri vayḷns, z dsîsivli dminiśt. Pǎr z nǎ śerd, nt hōrdd az it stl wz ẃn ɖ Trublz brouc ǎt. Norɖn Îrḷnd z indd unrecgnîẓbl in mni wez fṛm 50 yirz ago. Bt nt in evri we. Ɖs wīcend’z aṇvrsri hz in no sns bn ɖ oceźn fr ɖ difṛnt tṛdiśnz t imbres wn anɖr in a spirit v śerd sadnis n rmembṛns.

Instd, ɖ cmeṃreśnz rten a dstñt éj. Ɖ DYP frst ministr v Norɖn Îrḷnd, Pōl Givn, hz rfyzd t atnd eni v ɖ ivnts at ol ɖs wīcend (instd, on Ʈrzde, hiz alîz cmeṃretd ɖ cilñz v tū p’līs ofisrz in ɖ dez bfr Bludi Súnde). Ɖ SDLP līdr, Coḷm Īstwŭd, huz cnstitẏnsi includz Deri, hz sd ɖ paṛśutrejimnt wr “snt t mî siti t mrdr” n hz cōld fr an ofiśl apoḷji fṛm ɖ armi. In Deri on Súnde, ɖ Îriś prîm̦inistr z lîcli t b preznt, bt nt, it cuṛntli apirz, ɖ Britiś wn.

Phps ɖs ejinis z un’vôḍbl, gvn ɖ rw imośnl pǎr v an ivnt lîc Bludi Súnde, ẃć mni stl livñ rmembr vividli. Yt it z nt mni yirz sins ɖ YC n ɖ Îriś Rpublic tgɖr naṿgetd sm importnt Îriś historicl sntīṇriz in imajiṇtiv n coopṛtiv wez ẃć hlpt t streñʈn ɖ pīsproses n gd rleśnz acrs ǎr îḷndz rɖr ɖn wìc̣nñ ɖm. W sīm t b slipñ bac fṛm sć a far-sîtd aproć nǎ.

Nẃr z ɖs mor obvịs at preznt ɖn in rleśn t ɖ Norɖn Îrḷnd proṭcol v ɖ YC’z Brexit-wɖdrwl agrīmnt. Ɖ instbiḷti cōzd bî Brexit wośz ovr intu mni uɖr ʈñz, includñ aṇvrsriz lîc Bludi Súnde, n uɖr Trublz mîlstonz stl t cm. Nt evrʈñ abt Norɖn Îrḷnd śd b blemd xclusivli on ɖ Britiś guvnmnt. Bt unls ɖ Britiś guvnmnt ingejz cnstructivli, cnsistntli n oṇstli in Norɖn Îrḷnd, riyl denjrz folo, jst az ɖe r dwñ nǎ.

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn │ Forget curtains and cash – Johnson’s legacy will be the bitter taste of Brexit

An anti-Brexit protester holds a placard after Boris Johnson drove past to attend prime minister’s questions on Wednesday. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP
An anti-Brexit pṛtstr holdz a placard aftr Boris Jonsn drouv past t atnd prim̦inistr’z qsćnz on Wenzde. Foṭgraf: Mát Dunm/AP

Fget crtnz n caś – Jonsn’z leġsi wl b ɖ bitr test v Brexit

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 30 April 2021)

Ɖ prim̦inistr hz impeṛld pīs in Norɖn Îrḷnd, n evri de ɖ ic̣nomic fōlǎt wrsnz

Poli Tônbi, 30 Epril 2021

Amd sliṗjz, losz, vaṇśñ invstmnts n xportdrops, ɖ drip, drip v Brexit damij nvr stops. I c’lect xamplz evri wīc, az f picñ p spent mortŗǎndz fṛm a batlfīld. On Wenzde, it wz 450 jobz lost az carparts mańfacćrr Tôoda Gosei priperz t śut facṭriz in Roɖṛm n Swonzi, n rīḷcet t ɖ Ćeh Rpublic.

A breʈtecñ £800 rol v gold wōlpepr dstracts ǎr î. A prim̦inistr hu cōzd tnz v ʈǎzndz v bodiz t pîl hî, ẃl apaṛntli fixñ taxz fr palz n contracts fr croniz, hz ǎr îz ǎt on stōcs. Nwn nz hǎ dīp in sluri Boris Jonsn cn snc n stl swim ǎt.

Bt hisṭri wl record wn gret p’liticl crîm abv ol ɖ uɖrz, hiz tōdri dsoṇstiz mir iluṃneśnz rnd its éjz. Ɖ dlinqnt hu mișold Brexit t haf ɖ neśn wɖ a stardust v fōls proṃsz t s’kr himslf ɖ ʈron wl līv bhnd ɖ Brexit brec̣jz loñ aftr h hz gn.

Ɖ most sirịs so far z impeṛlñ pīs in Norɖn Îrḷnd, az Arlīn Fostr z bròt dǎn bî Brexit’s imposbl contṛdix́nz. Ɖr wr wornñz: tū formr prim̦inistrz spouc in Deri jst bfr ɖ reḟrendm, ẃn Toni Bler sd ɖr “wd hv t b ćecs btwn Norɖn Îrḷnd n ɖ rest v ɖ YC, ẃć wd b plenli un’xptbl”, ẃl Jon Mejr wornd v a “historic mstec” ɖt wd dīsteḅlîz ɖ Gd Frîde agrīmnt. Bt Fostr, an ardnt Brexitr, dsmist ɖs az a “dīpli ofnsiv” rmen scer stori.

Ɖ DYP’s imposbl Brexit stans wl b inheṛtd bî ẃćvr unluci canddet s’xidz hr. Ẃ bac Brexit ẃn Norɖn Îrḷnd wz agnst it n ɖ bordr dlema flaśt a red wornñ? Ẃ bac Boris Jonsn ẃn, v cors, h wd rat on hr wɖ hiz YC-splitñ proṭcol? Ẃ dd’nt ɖ DYP dmand ɖ hol YC ste in ɖ sngl marcit?

Yńnists, lîc tù mni Brítnz, wr bgîld bî ɖt majic wrd sovṛnti: ẃt îṛni ɖt it me nǎ brec ɖ yńn. V ɖs, Jonsn n hiz recñcru ń nʈñ n cerd les. Ɖr wz olwz Cet Hǒi, dǎti yńnist, t cīp proṃsñ: “Brexit w’nt hrt Norɖn Îrḷnd at ol – instd it wl brîtn its fyćr.” Nǎ, in rpost, pṛtstñ agnst ɖ proṭcol, ś clemz ɖt “Norɖn Îrḷnd hz nt got Brexit”.

Jst so. Nwn hz got ẃtvr Brexit ɖe imajind bcz nn wz evr paḷtbl or vaybl. Ɖt wz ɖ craftinis v ɖ līvrz: ɖe nvr sd ẃt cnd v Brexit, bcz eni vrśn wz a cilr. So hir w r wɖ ɖ wrst v ol Brexit dīlz. Nxt wīc’s ilex́nz in Scotḷnd lc srtn t dlivr a naśṇlist mjoṛti: ɖ mor rpeḷnt ɖ Wsminstr Cnsrṿtivz, ɖ mor apilñ Holirūd indipndns. Az ɖ Yṛpiyn parḷmnt indorst Brexit ɖs wīc, Scotiś culćṛl līdrz begd MYPz t welcm Scotḷnd bac intu ɖ YY.

Ɖs wīc līdñ YC arts orġnîześnz rout t Jonsn cōlñ on him t fix ɖ vīza, custmz n wrc-prmit crîsis ɖt privnts ɖm turñ in ɖ YY, pṛvîdñ rnñz ɖe nīd t svîv. Jonsn promist ɖm last munʈ ɖt h wd “fix ɖs”, bt h c’nt “fix” ʈñz, az evri sectr fṛm fiś n fnans t bale begz fr sm “speśl dīl”. Ɖr z no fineġlñ hiz hard Brexit: it’s ɖ sem dīl evri ʈrd cuntri gts. Az ɖ Yṛpiyn cmiśn’z prezidnt, Ursula von der Leyen, strest: “Feʈfl implimnteśn z isnśl.” No wundr ɖ YY parḷmnt add a reẓluśn ɖs wīc rcordñ Brexit az a “historic mstec”.

No big bañz so far, bt Brexit sîḷntli heṃrijz pǎr n muni: far mor ɖn ɖ £350m a wīc on ɖ infṃs bus z lost olrdi, Prof Nîjl Drifīld v Woric Biznișcūl tlz m: £1.3tn olrdi fled fṛm ɖ Siti, ẃl “ɖ dscǎntñ v gílts sins ɖ reḟrendm z wrʈ a hol bus”. JP Morgn’z ĆXO tlz śerholdrz ɖt YY sitiz r tecñ ovr Lundn biznis, n ɖt “Yṛp hz ɖ upr hand”.

Vast lost inwd invstmnt gz unricordd: Prnil Rudlin, a līdñ cnsultnt on Jaṗnīz biznis, tlz m: “Ɖ YC z atractñ fywr ny cumṗniz fṛm Jpan ɖn uɖr cuntriz in Yṛp sins Brexit. Bfr 2016, ɖ YC wz ɖ numbr wn desṭneśn fr Jaṗnīz invstmnt in Yṛp.”

Yesṭde, ɖ Comnz invîrnmnt, fūd n rṛl aferz cmiti cnfrmd ɖ woz v fiśñ n farmñ, az YY imports flud in ẃl YC xports r stuc, wornñ ɖt “bizṇsz wl rīḷcet activti t ɖ YY or stop xportñ t Yṛp”.

Ɖs wīc, tù, Mc YC, reprizntñ mańfacćrrz, rspondd t ofiśl figrz śowñ profits at ɖer lǒist fr mor ɖn a deced, blemñ a “ynīc coctel v srcmstansz” mldñ Covid wɖ Brexit. T tec jst wn xampl, Jemz Grīnm, maṇjñd’rectr v medicl-iqipmnt mcr EMS Fizio, sz h z peyñ a fortyn in ny xportñcosts, n luzñ custmrz: a Swīdiś cumṗni, fîndñ ʈri-de dlivriz arîvñ for wīcs lêt, hz trnd t anɖr s’playr in ɖ Neɖrḷndz. H grits hiz tīʈ in iṛteśn at guvnmnt adz telñ him t tred wɖ Mx̣co instd – ẃr, h sz, ɖr r hyj reğletri hrdlz. “W wr sold a lî.” Evri wīc I c’lect rīmz v ɖz têlz.

Wōlpepr n lîz me brñ Jonsn dǎn, bt Brexit z ɖ crîm agnst ɖ cuntri fr ẃć h wl b fr evr dámd. Rayts n ɖ fōl v Arlīn Fostr impeṛl ɖ pīs agrīmnt in Îrḷnd, n ɖ YC’z brecup z on a nîf éj. A nesṣri trigr wl cm t hand sn fr Lebr t līd ɖ ćarj agnst ɖ bad Brexit dīl. In hiz wîld rant at prim̦inistr’z qsćnz, Jonsn akzd Lebr v votñ agnst it, n mni wś it hd – ɖo btwn a roc n a hard ples, no dīl wz’nt an opśn. Wel bfr ɖ nxt ilex́n, Lebr wl līd ɖ cōz v gîdñ Britn twdz a rtrn t ɖ sngl marcit, n ɖ sefr hêvn v a Norwe s’lūśn.

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