Monday 19 February 2018

Stephen Donnelly: Pragmatism must come before principles at this time

YES says a reluctant Stephen Donnelly who argues that a 'No' vote won't stop austerity

ONE of the striking things about the referendum campaign has been the failure of both the 'Yes' and the 'No' camps to listen to each other.

Why? Because the 'Yes' camp argues pragmatics -- "We need access to European money and we don't want to scare off investment" -- while the 'No' camp argues principles -- "Austerity isn't working and we're sick of being bullied". They are having different conversations. When you peel back the layers of nonsense, there are solid arguments on both sides.

For this referendum, the pragmatic argument is stronger. Here's why:

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