Re: IPSOS MRBI Oct 17 2012 FG 31% FF 21% SF 20% : Lab 12% Ind 16% - 73% dissat with Gov
Originally Posted by morticia
Really? Whatever about German politicians, ordinary Germans look upon Ireland and the UK as semi-detached members of the EU. The Celtic Tiger was a glorification of Anglo-Saxon neo-liberal economics, a rejection of European consensus-style policy making and large "two fingers" to the EU. After all, one of the main policymakers of Irish neo-liberalist economic policy informed us that "We are closer to Boston than Berlin".If some "enterprising Celtic tiger cub politician decides to stick two fingers up at the EU" as you put it, many in Europe will be happy to see it go.
As it is, Ireland is like some ghastly 51st state/West Brit hybrid, brainwashed with Anglo-Saxon economics, mindless celebrity culture, inarticulate rage against the EU and possessed of a point blank refusal to reform the institutions which failed the people and crashed the economy.
It would not really be a case of the Germans not knowing what hit them. They really couldn´t care less. As for entering some arrangement with the US and/or UK, a drive around any industrial estate/business park will illustrate the arrangement with the US and a day in a shopping centre around the M50 will show you the extent to which the UK high street has entrenched itself in the Irish retail sector.
The arrangement is already there.
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