The UK still may claim the six counties of Northern Ireland, which uses British pounds sterling instead of euros and flies the Union Jack, but they are slowly losing some of their own land to the Irish.
Not a drop of blood, and no car bombs, pub bombs, checkpoints or occupying armies have been involved in this conquest, however.
Instead, Irish investors are peacefully buying up property and businesses in England, Scotland and Wales.
It’s noteworthy that my source for this story, a British paper, calls this the “second Irish invasion” of Britain. That’s creative wording from a country that transplanted its people into Ireland, subjugated the locals, and ended up splitting the country into two parts, leading to decades of violence (aka “The Troubles”).
There is grand some poetic justice in the Irish taking the land out from underneath the British, and it’s nice to see them doing so without the strong-arm tactics of the British Empire.
I’ll tip a pint to that!