Bluff, bluster and firing blanks
• The current level of bluff and bluster that has entered the referendum debate on the fiscal treaty is indicative of the lack of concrete facts as to the impact of a Yes or a No vote.
On the one hand, the Yes side says there is a gun to the head of the Irish people. That's a good reason for voting No, because giving in to bullying will encourage more bullying.
The No side has made mistakes by representing the views of some economists.