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Russian Alliance is not such a Vlad idea: Just Putin it out there!

(John Coulter, Irish Daily Star)

The Russians are coming!

No, it's not an invasion or the beginning of World War Three, merely a recognition that a Celtic-Russian Alliance would be a sound economic base for the Emerald Isle.

Russian boss Vladimir Putin may be ex-KGB, but when it comes to leading his nation, he's the type of 'no punches pulled' president which the UK and Ireland can only dream about.

In the bad old days of the Cold War, the Hard Right in Britain used to scream their pants off about Ireland becoming Europe's Cuba.

Groups like the Tory Monday Club always warned the old commie Soviet Union could overrun the UK through the neutral Irish Republic.

Ironically, this 'Red Under The Bed' scare was the same tactic Churchill slabbered on about when Ireland was neutral during World War Two.

There was much talk the IRA had teamed up with Hitler's Nazis to use the South as an invasion launch pad into the UK.

If Britain votes in 2017 to leave the cash-strapped European Union, Ireland will have no other choice but to follow 'The Auld Enemy' out of the EU.

Sounds like bitter medicine for the South to swallow. But there is an even bigger nightmare for the Republic.

If Scotland opts for independence next month, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has vowed to keep the new nation in the EU.

This could leave the South and the Scots as a lonely backwater region on the a**hole of Europe. Not a pretty sight!

Putin wants to rebuild the Russian empire. The West and the Yanks might be mouthing off about Putin's tactics in Crimea and the Ukraine, but the Russian boss has proven he doesn't give a crap what the Allies think do!

What would be so wrong economically about the Irish climbing into bed with Putin and forming the Celtic Russian Alliance?

Republicans like to boast about the Irish American links. But with the US facing its own economic meltdown under Barack Obama, the American cash cow – like the EU cash cow – has been milked dry.

The EU simply doesn't have the euros for another Irish bailout.

When the Brits eventually quit the EU, they will need more political clout than some of the former African colonies to make the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association a viable economic alternative to the EU.

If the UK could team up with Stalin's Russia to conquer Hitler's Nazis, the UK could also allow Putin's Russia to become a CPA member.

And given the Brits' military record in Iraq and Afghanistan, the English need not pontificate about Putin's kick ass policy in Ukraine.

If the Dáil and Stormont along with the Kremlin were to do a formal deal, it could pave the way for Putin joining the CPA.

In spite of Putin's KGB background, the Christian Church is flourishing in Russia, and there's talk of a return of the Tsarist Russian royal family.

Putin has the dosh to bring Ireland firmly out of economic recession.

Think of the financial benefits for the Emerald Isle if Putin persuaded Russian tourists to visit Ireland, and students to continue their education at Irish colleges and universities?

Travel most anywhere in the globe and you'll find an Irish community. Rather than head for a jobless future in the US or Australia, why can't our young people travel to Moscow and other Russian cities to broaden their horizons?

If King Kenny really wants to remain as Taoiseach, and Marty McGuinness wants to be First Minister, they should be on the phone to Putin and make my Celtic-Russian Alliance a money-spinning reality.

August 30, 2014
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This article appeared in the August 25, 2014 edition of the Irish Daily Star.

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