Brexit and the State of the Unions between England, Scotland and NI

Introduction Two major opinion polls have been published this week, the Scottish Independence and Brexit chapter from the British Social Attitudes survey (20 June) and Lord Ashcroft’s Poll on Brexit, the Border and the Union (19th June). These give a good insight as to current public opinion, with the usual caveats that no poll should… Read more

BoM June 2018

According to conventional wisdom, innovation is best left to the dynamic entrepreneurs of the private sector, and government should get out of the way. But what if all this was wrong? What if, from Silicon Valley to medical breakthroughs, the public sector has been the boldest and most valuable risk-taker of all? Mariana Mazzucato wrote… Read more

A More Definitive guide to the DUP

It is general knowledge that there are two broad groups in Northern Ireland, the Protestant /Unionist /Loyalist (PUL) community and the Catholic /Nationalist /Republican (CNR) community. Historically  the PUL community has been the majority and the CNR community the minority, but they are now getting very close to par. Nationalists tend to see themselves as… Read more

Reuniting with our friends in the North?

Seventies Dublin was comparatively peaceful, but my Halcyon days at University College Dublin (UCD) from ’73-’81 were more or less book-ended by  events. Before the start of the period (’72) there was the burning of the British Embassy in response to the Bloody Sunday Massacre and in my first undergrad year I cycled past one… Read more

BoM May 2018

Our May book of the month is Tony Connelly’s Brexit and Ireland. We have previously featured  Ian Dunt’s, Brexit: What the hell happens now? so why another Brexit book? The answer is that Tony’s book is different in that there is not just an examination of the facts but also a much greater examination of… Read more

Will Sabre Rattling towards Ireland Work?

Things are not going well with the Brexit negotiations – and the Irish Border in particular is looking intractable. Are the Irish being unreasonable and will the sabre rattling of the ultra-Brexiteers towards Ireland go mainstream and prove effective? From Tudor times right through until the 1970s the relationship between England and Ireland has often… Read more

BoM April 2018

Our April book of the month is Paying for the welfare state in the 21st century: Tax and spending in post-industrial societies by David Byrne and Sally Ruane. Byrne and Ruane state: We decided to write this book because we wanted to stimulate a discussion about the relationships among taxation, the contemporary character of the… Read more