What you actually see here is the relative overthrow-prices of the British and Dublin governments. The British government, with 400 years of constant war, slaughter and imperialist conquest behind it, seems almost impossible to overthrow. Therefore, the price the unemployed can demand for their abtinence from attempts to overthrow it is very low. 65 pounds a week.As someone who deals with social wefare queries on a regular basis, it is now very apparent to me that people are returning from England to avail of our social welfare system. They are predominantly sons/daughters of Irish emigrants who are coming here to try and avail of rent allowance and free childcare etc.
If Britain cuts its welfare rates etc, then we will HAVE TO follow suit!!
Habitual residency clause doesnt seem to deter these people. They are willing to move here and then try and get social welfare!
(It seems that the majority of Eastern europeans moved when work dried up, but the Brits are moving in!)
The next time you hear of non-nationals claiming welfare, think London and not Warsaw!!!
On the other hand, overthrowing the free state would be a relatively easy matter. There are 500,000 unemployed here. They could overthrow Leinster House in a matter of hours. So, the price for their absinence is relatively high - 196 euro per week.
(I wonder will I get a Nobel prize for economics for that...)