There are lyrics in a song which was released by a group called “Stealers Wheel” in 1972 which sums up the way Irish people are feeling at the moment:
Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right,
Here I am, stuck in the middle with you
And here is a picture of the clowns and jokers in question:
The man on the left is definitely a clown. He even has a clown’s name: “BoJo”.
BTW: Stealers Wheel was formed by the genius who went on to record one of the best songs of all time.