Author Archive | Jason Walsh

What a southern default would mean

Following the thread the other day, just a link to something I wrote elsewhere, but here’s the gist: There are two broad schools of thought on a default. One says it will result in savings being decimated, cash machines freezing-up and capital flight. The other says it will be less painful and quicker than the more…

Who’s against the “bailout”? Almost everyone

The IMF’s mission chief in Ireland, Ajai Chopra, said of the Irish bailout: “This is a very good deal for Ireland in current circumstances.” Not quite everyone agrees. In fact, basically no-one without a vested interest agrees. (more…)

What does economic collapse look like?

As much as I am familiar with economics, I remain puzzled by one thing: if Ireland really is heading for absolute collapse – IMF intervention, seven lean years and everything else that the most pessimistic prognosticators claim – what would that mean in practical terms? (more…)

Japan’s export-led funk

Japan and Ireland’s economies are so different in character that I have never once read a comparison of the two, other than a nod to the concept of zombie banks. That said, a recent article in Foreign Policy that looks at Japan’s perpetual slump caught my attention. Ireland’s path out of recession, we are told, more…

Taxing times in Ireland

With the Southern economy continuing to slide almost everyone agrees taxes must rise – but who is to pay them, exactly?

Cross posting: No platform for liberals

This is behind the paywall on forth but I’ve reproduced it here in full, in case anyone’s interested: No platform for liberals Precious pieties never solved anything, says JASON WALSH THE GREAT and the good, or at least the nice and the acceptable, of Northern society have come together once more to demand more niceness more…

On (some) newspapers

The future of newspapers comes up from time-to-time here on Slugger. Here’s my take on a tangential issue: relgious papers. Humanity’s press Atheist and correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor, JASON WALSH considers religious newspapers a real blessing We all know churches have deep pockets but why have humanists failed to produce a paper of more…

Exchanging ideology for identity

Over at… no, wait! (Oh, the in-jokes)… Three responses to the Belfast Salon debate held as part of Exchange Mechanism at the Belfast Exposed gallery are now online at forth Freeloaders rejoice, it’s not behind the paywall. Yet.

Exchange mechanism

As previously mentioned on Slugger, last night was the Belfast Salon’s attempt to make sense of Northern politics – and, indeed, the wider question of what politics mean. Speakers were Owen Polley, Malachi O’Doherty, Liam O’Dowd and myself. As a panellist I’m not in much of a position to judge how things went but the more…

Debate: A House Divided?

Northern Ireland – democratic future or peace at any price? Tuesday 16 February, 7-9 pm (doors open 6’45) Belfast Exposed gallery, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 Amidst rumour, scandal and in fighting, as the NI Assembly lurches from one crisis to the next, the Belfast Salon considers alternatives to the existing political stalemate. Is perpetual more…

The first item on the agenda: the split

As far as alternative histories go, Philip K. Dick’s ‘The Man in the High Castle’ is my favourite, but how about an alternative history of the IRA? Specifically, if what the late Tómas Mac Giolla claimed about the 1969 split is true, would the conflict have ended a lot earlier – 1970s? 1980s? – without more…

INLA disarms

The BBC reports the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) has decommissioned its weapons. Presumably the Irish Republican Socialist Party (IRSP) will now seek realignment with the wider political left, as the party has indicated during an interview. Will it be accepted? And has there ever been a worse time for the left which, despite the more…

Brown’s speech

Just listening to Brown and Cowen speaking at Hillsborough and something strikes me: Brown’s language is all about the “people of Northern Ireland”. Standard issue political rhetoric, of course, but it reminds that in 1997 the prospect of a permanent end to conflict did create a genuine public enthusiasm, perhaps euphoric, but popular nonetheless. Of more…

New Ireland

I don’t speak for anyone other than myself so this isn’t quite an exercise in kite-flying, but… Isn’t it time we had a new Ireland? Not ‘agreed Ireland’ as defined by boring peace processery but a real discussion about what we want the country to look like. There has never been a better time ֠after more…

New political party due in South

OK, so it’s single sourced and unattributed… but I know who the guy is and I never said forth was a newspaper anyway. New Irish political party seeks to make impact before 2012 Socially and economically liberal political group to launch before election hopes to avoid making the PDs’ errors all over again Here’s the more…

Nuclear options

We’re not at this point yet – not even close, truth be told- but shall we have a natter about the nuclear options?Previously unionists have been threatened with Joint Authority, effectively co-rule by London and Dublin. It’s extremely unlikely that Gordon Brown would pursue such a strategy so close to a general election. If it more…

Mionlach Gaeilge?

While Sluggerites are all waiting for my first proper contribution of the year (cough), here’s something else that may be of some interest: Is once-maligned Irish language the marker of a new Ireland elite? A new study finds the Irish language, once seen as the tongue of the poorer and less-educated even in Ireland, is more…

Questions that need to be answered. Maybe.

– Will there be a last minute deal on the devolution of policing and justice? – Aren’t the Tories unionists anyway? – Will the Assembly fall again? – Do I care? Don’t know. Yes. Maybe. No. My vote for the It-Really-is-of-No-Consequence party, over at the Guardian’s CIF.

Division in Ukraine election is an overstated concern

Apologies for the shameless plug for forth but this story may be of interest to Sluggerites: Western ‘Russophobia’ distorts understanding of Ukraine election As the Ukrainian presidential election goes to round two, candidates’ “pro-Western” or “anti-Western” leanings are not what actually matters, says NATALIA ANTONOVA reporting from Ukraine