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Whille I have no doubt North Ireland is poorer then England or Ireland, given its political roots as a colony I would be surprised if the colonial overlords doesn't extract tribute in a number of less obvious ways.

If I remember correctly form Late Victorian Holocausts, India was on paper an economic basket case during the colonial era. The real wealth was extracted trough economic regulations that made sure englishmen and English companies made bank, and very little stayed in India.

So short term, North Ireland probably needs those €12 Billion P.a. to clear the budget, but even in the middle term this might shift if less money is then extracted to England (or any of its many banking islands), but stays in the community and can be taxed. And in the longer term, well the republic seems to being much better now then under English rule.

by fjallstrom on Mon Jan 3rd, 2022 at 12:57:50 PM EST
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The main differences between Ireland north and south are:
  1. the south doesn't support a large nuclear military industrial complex or NATO levels of military spending.
  2. The UK is basically about financial services in London having largely deindustrialised everywhere else
  3. The UK doesn't have an effective industrial or regional development policy
  4. The north's linen, ship, aircraft and bus building industries have largely declined
  5. The south has pursued economic policies in line with is own interests attracting most of the world's leading ICT and Pharma multi-nationals to build their EU headquarters here and providing good jobs, training and tax revenues.
  6. The Troubles made the north a very unattractive place for investment, and continuing community tensions and political instability have meant there hasn't been much of a peace dividend since.
  7. The north has suffered a continuing "brain drain" where the brightest go to university in Britain or Ireland and don't return.
  8. At one level, the north can be seen as an oversized sink estate where all tensions are refracted onto a sectarian plane, when they should have been with a London centric government.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Jan 3rd, 2022 at 01:46:25 PM EST
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India was one of the worlds richest countries pre-colonisation and one of the poorest afterwards. It has since recovered substantially, a fact which seems to have escaped empire nostalgics.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Jan 3rd, 2022 at 01:50:15 PM EST
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