Shane Coleman: British Government appeared crass, our own coalition callow in bitter migration spat

Suspicion is Simon Harris already regrets his decision to reappoint Helen McEntee to Justice, but having made the decision, he has to stick with her

British prime minister Rishi Sunak’s ‘beggar-my-neighbour triumphalism’ last week was a new low, while Taoiseach Simon Harris’s lack of political experience showed. Picture: Getty

Last week was the story of one issue – immigration – and two governments, both of them under pressure, facing into difficult local elections after long periods in office. Both engaging in posturing and pretence when trying to handle the political hot potato of immigration. One coming across as crass, the other callow. Neither is a good look.

The British Government first. What has happened to the mother of all parliaments that it has produced ...