Apple’s €13 billion in back taxes – plus interest – could furnish Ireland €15 billion to help combat the economic damage of coronavirus. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Where will the money come from? The cash being thrown at economies around the world will, in the first instance, be borrowed. Ultimately, taxes will h(...)

Milton Friedman used the analogy of dropping bank notes from a helicopter  to illustrate how creating money and distributing it to people would be a more straightforward means of boosting consumption. Photograph: Getty Images

Picture a world in which the European Central Bank (ECB) gives Ireland enough money to house every homeless family in the State, or to fund a new chil(...)