Ireland and the union

May I correct a formulation in the review (Thinker's Corner, 12 February) of my Catalyst pamphlet The British Union State, which could be highly misleading.

I am only too aware of how Irish nationalists would object to the notion of "assimilating the Republic of Ireland" to a new union, and I made no such proposal. What I did propose is a desegregation of the UK into self-governing countries and regions, including England, and that the resulting political units be linked to the Irish Republic through the Council of the Isles. While the union must be reconceived, this should not and cannot be done in the neo-colonial manner that your review seems to imply.

Simon Partridge
London N2

This article first appeared in the 19 February 1999 issue of the New Statesman, We are richer than you think