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Ireland: referendums or referenda? And “yes” or “no”?

It’s simple. “The annual structural balance of the general government must be at its country-specific medium-term lower limit of a structural deficit of 0.5 per cent of the gross domestic product at market prices.”

All the Irish have to do is agree this is a good thing, put it in the constitution and move on. If the concept proves too difficult, advice is at hand. Between now and voting day a procession of humourless steely-rim spectacled men from the dancing-is-the-devil’s-work economies of northern Europe will be in Ireland to provide alternative wording…

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