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Letter to Ireland’s next government

Dublin's hapless rulers should learn from past Norman and English invasions—and marry their daughters to the IMF

By Julian Gough   January 2011

Cromwell: better or worse than the IMF?

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Contrary to the impression you might take from news reports, we are living in a golden age of Irish financial management. Ireland’s people are not starving to death. This is a huge improvement on British rule, and a considerable advance on previous Fianna Fáil administrations.  But let us not grow complacent. Ireland holds elections in 2011; here’s some advice for the next government.

First, remember most Irish aren’t that interested in money; we’re not grasping, we’re…

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