“There is no country on earth that we have more family connections with than Northern Ireland,” said Salmond. “They are the blood of our blood, bone of our bone. I would have done it for anybody in that position. The feasibility of delivering water in that quantity across longer distances is much more difficult, but there is no problem getting it to NI.”He, of course, went on to make an obligatory anti-Westminster political point but we'll let him away with that one this time.
Hearing of the Scottish Administration's reaction to the water crisis should have reminded us that no matter how often (and how bizarrely sometimes) Irish nationalists may stress the "all-island" solution to everything from postal services (causing an inevitable increase in the charges we would have to pay, hmmm... sign me up for that one then) to snow, they are ignoring the unpalatable fact thatmore often than not there is an "all-islands" solution which will do the job just as nicely.
Just as the more myopic Unionist can't magic away the fact that we live on and have a connection with the rest of the island of Ireland, the more myopic Nationalist can't magic away our relationship with our those that share "our blood" and "our bone" a very short distance across the sea. We should be mature enough to be able to take political, economic and cultural advantage of both facts.