So the Bauld Melanie, she who believes Ireland has only a tenuous claim to nationhood has waded in again. With the ludicrous suggestion from Ray Basset yesterday that we should leave the EU and cleave to Mother England, she now suggests Irexit as a way forward. It is indeed as she states a no-brainer.
Below the fold, a fisking, her words in Italics…
Regardless of whether or not an appeal should or should not be taken by the Irish government in relation to the Apple tax ruling, apple themselves will of course appeal. We should not mistake the individual issue, whether Apple did or did not get illegal state aid, for the broader issue of Ireland’s over reliance on (tax driven) FDI. Its time for a rethink.
Why do we have so few, only in fact three on the island as a whole (Skellig, Bru na Boinne, and Giant’s Causeway)? Some other sites are tentative, but the situation to be honest seems stalled. Great. Much talk is made of the government “campaigning” for sites but the reality is that there is no need to campaign – its not a competition. Its an administrative issue – do you hit some, not necessarily all, of the criteria. The process is pretty clear. So why dont we have more? Continue reading
So, a problem Ireland faces in the fallout of Brexit is the issue of the Common Travel Area.
Enda faces a set of interlocking and mutually incompatible dilemmas regarding Ireland and the post Brexit EU. In the negotiations he faces a number of problems. Continue reading
So, the election, or perhaps we should just call it the auction, is in full swing.
So, the Social Democrats have launched their “not a manifesto“, making them second to Renua in the early stages of the 2016 General Election. As I reviewed the Renua offering on education, so as not to be accused of partisanship, I will, time permitting, do them all. So what do the SD’s promise on education Continue reading
Really, we’re not. Politicians who say we are, employers groups who screech we are, there WRONG. And they know they are. There’s a word for people who consistently say things they know to be untrue.
So, in protest at the overcrowding and calamitously badly organized nature of the health system, the nurses are to go on strike. Sorta. Continue reading
British Prime Minister Harold McMillian famously replied to the question of what was most likely to trip up governments with “Events, dear boy, Events”, demonstrating the random way in which small things can spiral. Who would have thought that a government could fall on foot of children’s shoes, or because of the appointment of a judge..And yet. Angus Deaton this last week won the Nobel Prize in Economics for a lifetime theorising and evaluating development and the role of institutions and for looking at how consumption and income are related. The way in which the Government has reacted and acted shows that these issues are related.