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A bond is not sacred. Equality before the law is sacred. So a default or partial default has to treat all bond-holders of the Irish state the same way. The strategy outlined here - let the wrong type of creditors bleed -can't work.
I mentioned the 100 billion owned by Irish banks to the ECB. That is not a hedgefund. Nor even really foreign. And the considerable sums that the Irish governments already put in the banks is a fact too.
I think that is offered here is a illusion. Bankruptcy without the pains of bankruptcy. Make the foreign evils pay.
The problem in Ireland is the neoliberal policy of the last irish governments, supported by a substantial part of the Irish voters. The mentality now - we will keep the mansion but shed the debt is not real helpful.
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