“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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