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David McWilliams: EU is a thing of the past - our future is with an Atlantic Ireland - Independent.ie

Ireland's future is being the location of choice for large companies' supply chains. We are half way between America and Europe and we should keep a foot in both camps. It's really that simple.

Small indigenous Irish business can then service these American companies, creating symbiotic relationships. That's the game plan. Historically, the precedent is the medieval Adriatic city-states of Venice or Dubrovnik or the free-trading Hanseatic cities of the Baltic.

Let's not forget, without multinational investment, Ireland would be Albania with brutal weather. The multinationals have completely transformed the capital base of the country, totally upgraded the type of careers that are available to people here and plugged Ireland into the global economy in a way that is impossible to quantify. In short, they - not the EU - are the key to Ireland's economic modernity. The future is the smartphone, the technology and the Silicon Valley way of looking at the world.

Ask any 20-year-old on the street what means more to him: the iPhone 7 or the EU Commission? I don't ask this facetiously but pose it because one image is the future and the other - with its pompous councils of ministers and briefing papers - is the past.



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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Aug 31st, 2016 at 08:37:11 AM EST
medieval Adriatic city-states of Venice

You need a powerful navy and the ability to capture foreign cities for that. Good luck, Ireland.

Ask any 20-year-old on the street what means more to him:

You'd get the same answer with the iPhone and the Taoiseach.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Aug 31st, 2016 at 08:53:56 AM EST
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No, the key now is ideological capture, and David McWilliams is arguing that the future is a corporatised global world, not a national one or the EU based on nation states and a large bureaucracy.   (eh - let's forget about the democracy bit....)

And he has a point.  The last thing anyone can remember the European Parliament doing for them is the elimination of roaming charges, and that took many years.

The EU has a credibility and PR problem, it is no longer seen as delivering new tangible benefits to ordinary people.  That may be partly unfair, but that's a growing perception.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Aug 31st, 2016 at 09:01:09 AM EST
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Makes sense. Couldn't he have said that himself instead of bringing in Venice, 20-year old taxi drivers and all the rest? Maybe you should write for the Independent instead?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Aug 31st, 2016 at 09:41:03 AM EST
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