So, I read a lot of stuff on Brexit and so on. This fatuous drivel which I fisk, below the line, is earbleedingly bad. It’s from CapEx, by a chap called Daniel Huggins. He is the grandiloquently titled “Director of Research” at a gingergroup called “Get Britain Out”.
Theres still this Irexit notion floating about, like a brown trout in the swimming pool. But look at the data below the line. Continue reading
Its instructive, and amusing in a “poke ’em with a stick” manner to see the brexiteers view of Ireland. Below are some of the favourite myths they propagate, or perhaps even believe, about Ireland.. Lets explore, and explode Continue reading
Lots and lots of commentators seem to be confused about Northern Ireland. No surprise there. The confusion seems to be around the post Brexit space. Again, no surprise there, its a mess wrapped in a confusion inside a conundrum. But, let’s parse it. The problem is what to do with the border when it is no longer internal but becomes an external EU frontier. Continue reading
So Ray Kinsella has an op-ed in the Irish Times today advocating Irexit. It’s full of tropes and assertions. Newspapers need to do some basic fact checking. This is the political economy equivalent of a oped calling for the repeal of gravity. My views on Irexit are wll known – see here, here, here. Irexit is proposed by the pale, male, aged, conservatives (I score 2.5, or 3 so I can say that) . It has nothing to do with economics, and in my reading is all to do with a desire to get us back to the good old days of homogeneous Catholic poor but proud Ireland.
So, a-fisking we will go. Ray in Italics. Continue reading
This is one of the madder ideas floating around. But it has a close cousin – Ireland is propped up only by the EU and without its direct hosepipe of cash would collapse.