Archive for November, 2010

The Financial Crisis – From The Outside Looking South
November 21, 2010

Time was when I was growing up that we all knew when we were crossing the border south because the car dropped several inches on the road whilst simultaneously, our heads jumped several inches in the direction of the roof of the car.

Well, that was the generalisation which was indicative of many northern attitudes of the time and I’m not talking about Big Sam and Wee Rab in Ballyblackwilliam either. Maybe Nationalists along the border always knew the truth but you only had to move away a little and there was a superiority complex that somehow we were just that little better off, that bit more advanced and of course we had a work ethic to explain our advantage.

Utter bollocks the lot of it needless to say;  and shameful that we were so gullible as to buy into this thinking which was peddled by the very people who were lying to the rest of the world about us. Funnily enough, they were the very same people who changed to telling us a few years ago that the Republic wouldn’t want a millstone like us around the Celtic Tiger’s neck.

Move forward again to 2010 and shock! Horror! ‘Forget about a United Ireland, the south can’t afford to look after their own people, never mind us!’ We are left to wonder at just what level of economic prosperity we might be permitted to put forward unity as an option without ridicule.

So, how does the average person living north of the Mason-Dixon view the current situation below? Answer; they don’t, there is no average opinion but I would attempt to give you an idea of how some consider the situation.

On the extremes, there is one school of thought who says regardless of anything, we must have unity by all means and at all costs. Mirroring this is a contented Unionist sneer that enjoys the sight of a nation dying and proving it should never have left the security of the Empire.

Both positions ignore just exactly how closely the two jurisdictions are linked and the impact recession in either will have on the other. Further than that, anyone who stops to think for a second will recognise that the Republic, at least in the meantime, has an actual economy which can be improved upon. The north, on the other hand, gets pocket money from Mummy and plays grown-ups distributing the cash around its different departments.

For many people I would encounter on a daily basis there is undoubtedly an amount of pity and not in a condescending way, Christ what have we to crow about? There is anger too, anger that financial organisations can bring our countrymen to the brink of disaster and that the administration facilitated and were downright complicit in the crimes.  Mind you, the notion that politicians in Dublin were not looking after the wider interests of their people did not come as a bolt from the blue in 2008!

It would be easy to say, ‘butt out Nordie, you have a cheek considering the history there!’ and indeed elements of the press and government are already trying to spin that protests in the south are being hijacked by violent Republicans and by extension, northerners but maybe you need to think about it from the other direction; If someone from a basket-case like the six counties is in a position to criticize, then something is really rotten.

I never felt any jealousy when, in the 1990s I suddenly noticed a massive improvement in the standard of living and the infrastructure around parts of the Republic, a levelling of the road if you like, I was delighted and will be equally delighted to see prosperity return albeit in a fairer way this time hopefully, north and south and maybe even together.

Still, I bet the roads in Cavan will still be shite!

Good luck to you all.

5intheface – 21.11.2010

Abolish County Boundaries Altogether
November 9, 2010

“Donegal a test for the people”? Ya know…I think it really could be; but not in the way most people seem to think! You know…it’s funny….I don’t really give a flying ‘fig’ any more about divisions and alliances and clannish stupidities…which (let’s face it) is how rich political dynasties and their pals got us here in the first place!!
My suggestion is we get rid of county boundaries alltogether…once and for all. Before anybody denounces this as ‘heresy’ and rubbish…ask yourselves what…exactly what, does dividing up a tiny (really) tiny country like this achieve…unless it’s to achieve 166 T.Ds in the Dail…and what exactly does that achieve?
We have a state (the South)…of only 4 million people…who’s only allegiances should really be to the health and welfare of the poorest and worst off in the WHOLE country. Scrambles over who, will win what, in a by-election…which is morally a joke in the first-place??…PLEASE!
Please tell me this type of Ireland is not what we want; an Ireland where we’re all fooled into more political chicanery and b******t…for time after time! It doesn’t matter a damn who or what wins a by-election anywhere in this country now…cop on! This country has been sold to the rich (whether here or Brussels)…and they do not(absolutely do not) care whether ‘old lady Maisy’ down the boreen has enough heat for the winter…or whether Cystic fibrosis sufferers like ‘little jimmy or mary’….who gasp for every breath, have a dedicated unit in a hospital to insure they live longer!!
Donegal by-election? No…I couldn’t give a damn…Kerry getting yet more ‘stuff’ to help those in power retain their dynastic-crap? No…couldn’t give a damn there either….all these politicians can go to hell!!
What I care about….and what everyone should care about is how to stop people dying because they have no connection with the rich/political class!
You want to keep the county-boundaries for G.A.A etc? Great stuff….but for God’s sake…COP-ON!
As i’ve alluded to in other posts…the fox is guarding the hen-house…and ‘we’ all keep looking after the fox…..pretty soon there’ll be no eggs either!!
whydontwe 09.11.2010

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