“Cross border bridges are unnecessary”, says Elliott, but oddly:
“… approach roads to and from these new bridges were not capable of carrying the amount of traffic that will escalate and lead to bottle necks and traffic hold ups on the narrow minor roads in the vicinity …”Um, does that not actually mean that the bridges are necessary, and in fact, improved approach roads are also necessary?
Not to Mr Elliott, of course. The correct course of action for him is:
“… to put in place structures which would facilitate local users with light vehicles only and also accommodate people using the roads for leisure purposes. Restrictions should be put in place to prevent heavy lorries from using these routes”.So, it seems that Elliott sees cross-border traffic as being only ‘light’ and ‘leisurely’ – footbridges, perhaps. The last thing he wants is actual commercial traffic, the kind that might lead to economic development and increasing affluence.
Of course, a more cynical person might question Elliott’s motives. A cynical person might wonder if Elliott is trying, Canute-like, to hold back the tide of cross-border business and economic development. Because, of course, if business ignores the border – as it should – then the political border starts to look even more ridiculous. If businesses north and south can trade as easily with each other as with other parts of their respective jurisdictions, then the irrationality of the unionists’ border becomes glaringly obvious. And when the irrationality of the border is clear to everyone, it won’t be long before the irrationality of the unionist philosophy is equally obvious to everyone. Mr Elliott would much prefer a nice border fence, or an Israeli-style wall, so that north means north and south means south, and ne’er the twain shall meet.
Elliott neatly sums up the illogically of his own position:
“I still consider the construction of these two bridges to be ill considered … and instead of building bridges could hamper good community relations and cross border co-operation in the area."So building bridges doesn’t … um …, build bridges. Unionism, you’ve got to love it.