When we talk about Man Island in Jalopnik, we usually talk about TT Man Island, but today, the tiny island is involved in something even wilder: an underground roundabout.
Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister, has been talking about underground tunnels for years, but this one is perhaps the most daring. Because this is not just an underground roundabout, but also involves an underwater tunnel meant to connect Northern Ireland to Scotland and England.
This original reporting comes from The Sunday Times, but if you don’t happen to subscribe to a UK-based newspaper, here’s a tweet with a suggested image:
The proposal will involve not one but three different tunnels under the Irish sea, all of which converge under the Isle of Man. And while his aides call the plan “bullshit,” it seems that some smart people are actually working on it to see if it can actually be done. Even so, another aide said this plan exists “especially in PM’s mind. “But Johnson really likes the idea that he” can’t die. “Whoa.
It’s a bold plan to start with, but somehow it’s more acceptable than the previous tunnel options, which will connect Stranraer, Liverpool to Larne, Northern Ireland. The original idea would require a tunnel to dig through Beaufort’s Dyke … which was also the dumping ground for 1.5 million tonnes of ammunition during World War II. I can’t say that would be a very fun route to dig into.
So, here we are. With three tunnels that all meet under the Isle of Man. With the whole Brexit situation going on, Britain is completely cut off from the rest of Europe, and Northern Ireland is cut off from the UK. Relations between countries will be an act of symbolic unity, especially when the tiny island has adopted a us-against-world mentality. But this is definitely one extraordinary way to achieve that goal.