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I read that Irish Euro-enthusiasts are furious because the French have announced, in advance of their EU presidency, that they want to harmonise business taxes across the EU.

"Ireland’s Europe Minister, Dick Roche, called the French economy minister’s remarks “untimely, unhelpful and inappropriate”. Note his language: “untimely” rather than “untrue”. What he really means is: Why couldn’t that Frenchwoman keep her big gob shut until after our referendum?

Irish people understand that their country’s extraordinary growth during the 1990s was fuelled mainly by tax-cuts and not, as many European observers believe, by Brussels subsidies. They know, too, that the harmonisation of corporation tax is a long-standing EU goal: it was first cited 50 years ago in the Treaty of Rome. “You cannot have a single market without a single rate of corporation tax”, say Euro-integrationists. "

What would such a business taxes "harmonisation" do for the Republic? Nothing good, I fear. Yet will Irish people nonetheless turn out and vote for the ..sssshhhh …constitution that will pave the way for such economic annihilation?

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6 thoughts on “THE EU THREAT TO THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND…

  1. The Europhiles are mostly big government socialists or social democrats who believe that there is something fundamentally unfair about about people being able to escape the tax regime of one country by moving to another country. There is a fairly simple way that France could solve their problem here, cut their tax rates down to the level enjoyed by Ireland.

  2. Bloody hell, Cait!

    I always thought the Blueshirts were a shower of boring, conservative "suits".

    Whatever is going on?

    "Irish people understand that their country’s extraordinary growth during the 1990s was fuelled mainly by tax-cuts and not, as many European observers believe, by Brussels subsidies."

    Indeed, David. The subsidies were a nice bonus but had little to do with the economic growth – subsidies rarely do.

  3. Reg pretty effective posters, imagine BIFFO in those shorts – the mind boggles I suspect it was you who modelled eh?

    C’mon don’t be shy tell us….

  4. Cait,

    There is a resemblence alright…but I would never model for Fine Gael. It’s against my principles.

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