Newton Emerson: Joe Biden’s Brexit remarks show an opportunity for unionism
US president-elect did not seem like someone yearning to push for difficult change in Ireland
Joe Biden has made his first comments on Brexit and Ireland as US president-elect. After four years of choking on Donald Trump’s word-salad, it is alluring to once again have statements from the leader of the free world that can be thoughtfully chewed over and digested.
Most journalists will be tempted, relieved and a little desperate to resume the civilised parlour game of pre-Trump political analysis. They must remember all things are relative. As Barack Obama’s vice-president, Biden was notoriously careless with language. His 70-word comment this week was an unscripted reply to a television reporter. Subjecting it to Kissenger-era chin stroking might be over the top.