Sunday February 23, 2020

Stephen Kinsella: The Magic Numbers

The reality of the Summer Economic Statement is this: there is very little available to spend on anything

16th July, 2017
Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe delivered his Summer Economic Statement last week Picture: PA

Leprechaun killing isn’t an exact science. Because they are fairies, the best advice is to use cold iron to kill the little chaps, or at least ward them off, which is why people place horseshoes above doors. The reference to cold iron comes from Rudyard Kipling’s eponymous poem, but probably dates much further back. Iron is a symbol of modernity, of progress: it’s anti-magic. Why wouldn’t it kill mischief-makers from the pagan era? Those currently...

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