Funnily enough I agree with most of what you've said above. I'm not talking about 'artificially welding' countries together who don't want to be welded together. It's not like you make a proposal for what you think should happen in the future and then impose it on people who don't want it - everything would be decided democratically, so if people didn't want it, it wouldn't happen. It's just a proposal that the SP think is a good idea for reasons I've already outlined.
You clearly don't think it's a good idea but the only reason you've given is hostility to British imperialism, which as I've explained above is not relevant as imperialism by definition would not exist in a democratic socialist federation. Like you say, I can't 'envisage circumstances in which there would be social revolution in Ireland without the existing relations between the British and Irish States being terminated with massive changes in relations' either - and it is precisely this that I think would make a socialist federation a real possibility.
Unfortunately I doubt it'll be coming to a referendum any time soon but I live in hope and if it does we can both make our case!
On the Falklands issue which we've flogged to death a bit at this stage but I've enjoyed the debate
- I didn't mean you said it was a fight between democracy and dictatorship, but that you said I said that - which I didn't.
Obviously I don't support Thatcher but I do support the people on the Falklands' right to decide whichever country they want to be part of, same as I do for any people anywhere, and I don't think Argentina has any particular 'right' to the place cause they aren't any Argentinians living there.
The point of the original article was to advocate a third strategy neither backing Thatcher nor siding with a right wing miltary dictatorship, but advocating allying with the working class in Argentina and trying to use the war to undermine both the Argentine and Thatcher regimes. The SP was not out waving flags at the troops.
Anyway thanks for the discussion and for setting up this site!