“The report’s Canadian authors made their numbers add up by using a ‘Tory island’ model of small government, low taxes, free markets and no debt…”

In the Irish News, Newton Emerson has fun with the recent Sinn Féin re-launch [and re-re-launch! – Ed] of the report they commissioned, under cover of the “Knights of the Red Branch Inc”,  of the benefits of an economically right-wing united Ireland.

From the Irish News

An academic study showing Northern Ireland would be better off in a united Ireland, commissioned last year by Friends of Sinn Féin in San Francisco, has been re-launched in Dublin and Belfast to immediate denunciations from the DUP, which called it “Gerry Adams-style economics”. This criticism could not be more wrong. The report’s Canadian authors made their numbers add up by using a ‘Tory island’ model of small government, low taxes, free markets and no debt, which is perhaps why Sinn Féin sat on it for five months until the southern election was over. Of course, a united Ireland is perfectly viable – but only if Adams has nothing to do with it. [added emphasis]

Indeed.  That’s why they invented the “Knights of the Red Branch Inc” to ‘commission’ the report in the first place.

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  • Muiris

    This study has to be suspect, given it’s provenance. A more authoritve study ( or studies) would give us all, a lot more to argue about

  • Bill Slim

    The last link is very informative indeed. The sinners aren’t very good at covering their tracks.

  • I wouldn’t say the report was suspect, just limited – possibly by the terms of reference it was commissioned under.

    What is suspect is that the party who commissioned the report, under cover, has vehemently opposed, in the Republic, the same policies the model follows to achieve the claimed economic benefits of a united Ireland that that party is now promoting.

    Or, as Newton almost said,

    Of course, a united Ireland is perfectly viable – but only if [Sinn Féin] has nothing to do with it.

  • Nevin
  • Reader

    So SF were in attendance when the report was launched. Have they accepted the economic model and proposals as part of their blueprint for a United Ireland, or will they want to tweak them a bit first?

  • Skibo

    What last link? Both links link back to a previous Slugger page!

  • Skibo

    I would assume if any report on Irish unity were to be published SF would be invited. Why and amazement?

  • Skibo

    If Unionism wants to usurp the idea of a reunited Ireland, why don’t they employ an economist to prove it is not economical? Perhaps it is because once it is written down it can be challenged.
    Is it not possible to demand the Exchequer published the FULL facts on the financing of NI and stop all the reading between the lines?

  • Reader

    I’m not surprised that they were there, especially since they seem to have been the hidden hand behind the report.
    The interesting bit is; do they accept the policies promoted in the report, or do they reject the policies but claim the headline figures?
    And, if SF have a bit of spare cash, maybe they could sponsor another report based on SF economic policies instead. They would need to negotiate a confidentiality clause though, in case they decide not to publish.
    Or perhaps that has already happened.

  • John Collins

    If the ROI OAP pensioners are paId £174.52 (€219) weekly and GB OAPs are paid £115.95 (€147.57)
    Which rates are proposed here, as in this report?

  • barnshee

    “If the ROI OAP pensioners are paId £174.52 (€219) weekly and GB OAPs are paid £115.95 (€147.57)”

    Try a compare

    In UK OAPS are paid on a sliding scale depending on the level of their National Insurance Contributions (NICS) contributions. Again depending, on pension already paid . (as an example) a pensioner on a pension of £162 per week gets an additional pension credit of £11 a week

    Pensioners also receives housing benefit -up to £260 week for rent/mortgage

    An attendance allowance of between £55 and £82 is payable to pensioners with disability.

    Each UK pension is unique the individual (example above) would receive approx £488 in state benefits

    How does the ROI compare?

  • John Collins

    Well a Rent Allowance comprising up to about 80% of rent is certainly available in the ROI, with a living alone allowance, fuel allowance, free TV license and phone costs are also subsidised,together with an extra allowance to over 80s. Free travel which was available down here many years before it came into being in the UK is also on the list.
    So I think it compares OK.
    I will check out the situation of the disabled, but of course a big proportion of OAPS are not disabled so on average each OAP in the state may be getting as much, if not more, in the South