Dame Hilary Mantel says she's 'ashamed' of Britain and plans to move to Ireland

Dame Hilary Mantel says she's 'ashamed' of Britain and plans to move to Ireland
Dame Hilary Mantel says she's 'ashamed' of Britain and plans to move to Ireland
Dame Hilary Mantel says she's 'ashamed' of Britain and plans to move to Ireland to 'become a European again' Dame Hilary Mantel is to take up Irish citizenship to ‘become a European again’ She said that she is ashamed of Britain in an interview with an Italian newspaper  Her broadside at Britain could leave her vulnerable to allegations of hypocrisy  The author of Wolf Hall became a Dame of the British Empire in 2014

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Wolf Hall author Dame Hilary Mantel has sparked anger after declaring that she is ‘ashamed’ of Britain and plans to take up Irish citizenship to ‘become a European again’.

The Booker Prize winner also used an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica to describe Boris Johnson as unfit for public office, to criticise the institution of monarchy and to ridicule the UK as an ‘artificial and precarious construct’.

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But her broadside – and assertion that she might be happier living in a republic – could leave her vulnerable to allegations of hypocrisy for agreeing to become a Dame of the British Empire in 2014.

Wolf Hall author Dame Hilary Mantel has sparked anger after declaring that she is ‘ashamed’ of Britain and plans to take up Irish citizenship to ‘become a European again’

Wolf Hall author Dame Hilary Mantel has sparked anger after declaring that she is ‘ashamed’ of Britain and plans to take up Irish citizenship to ‘become a European again’

‘The popularity of monarchy as an institution is something that baffles me,’ she told La Repubblica. ‘I don’t want to think that people are naturally slavish, and actually enjoy inequality…

‘I might breathe easier in a republic and may be able to arrange it. I hope to loop back into my family story and become an Irish citizen.’

She added: ‘Our projected move has been held back by Covid, but as much as I love where I live now in the West Country, by the sea, I feel the need to be packing my bags and to become a European again.’

Dame Hilary, 69, said she had always been conscious of belonging to an Irish family even though both her parents were English.

‘My

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