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With something close to glee, Labour Party politicians in Scotland are celebrating the disastrous state of the Irish economy.
Their leader, Iain Gray, said last week that Ireland was "teetering on the brink of collapse" and he reckoned that its plight was conclusive proof that Scotland would be taking a reckless gamble if it decided to vote for full independence from Westminster.
Unfortunately for people like Gray, the state of the UK economy is not much better than that of Ireland. In fact, supporters of Scottish independence reckon that being a small country within the EU is a safer option than being so big that no one else can afford to rescue you when things go wrong.