Now, I generally know better than to wade into the whole Northern Ireland thing. Sure, I resent its impact on life in the West of Scotland where I grew up, but whichever side you take, you piss off 50% of the people around you.
That said, I view Northern Ireland as part of the United Kingdom because um, it is. Whether it should be is a matter to be debated by more qualified people than little old me. The fact remains that legally, it is part of our less-than-perfect Union.
Except in one particular regard that bothers me, that the 1967 Abortion Act does not apply to Northern Ireland. Whether this is a concession to abortion in the Republic, or simply one more battle the British government of the time didn’t feel they could take on, I’m unsure. What is shocking that for all the trouble this annexation has caused through the centuries, the residents don’t even get the full benefits and access to healthcare that citizens are entitled to. Ridiculous. Let’s hope Diane Abbott and co. can get this sorted once and for all in the autumn.