It should come as no surprise that we are seeing an abundance of articles these days speculating on how the pandemic is going to affect the economy over the next few years. Here in Ireland in particular, a large focus of this is on property. We are a nation obsessed with land and property, and … Continue reading Virus Profiteering
As the number of cases of the corona virus around the world continues to grow, more and more countries are starting to see immense pressure on their health systems. This is no more evident than in Italy and Spain, where the number of deaths are horrifying. It is worth noting here why these two countries … Continue reading A better future in this?
A few weeks ago, I commented on the privatisation of water services in Ireland in the context of a 'boil-water notice' that had been issued due to incompetence on the part of the company now responsible for supplying the country with clean, safe drinking water. That issue has now resurfaced, and the same areas are … Continue reading Nor any Drop to Drink
In comparison to the ongoing debacle next door to us, Irish politics appears on the surface to be relatively calm and functioning. This placid and competent veneer doesn't stand up under any sort of close scrutiny, but such analysis is beyond most people - a fact that the government is very much aware of. In … Continue reading The Illusion of Progression
The Irish Times have once again elected not to publish a letter from me taking one of their writers to task. However, dear reader, what is their loss is your gain. In response to this article, here is my missive: A chara, Mark Paul's assertion, in Friday September 27th's Business This Week, that blocking new … Continue reading An Alternative Take on Economic Vandalism
While I was committing my recent anxieties to print yesterday, I did mention that I would have something positive to focus on today, and so to try to offset my general bleak negativity just a fraction, here's something that warmed the quadcameral pumping mechanism in my thoracic cavity. A few months before I actually travelled … Continue reading Imagine taking holidays when there’s money to be made?
I recently read the excellent Bullshit Jobs by anthropologist David Graeber, and the ideas discussed within struck such a chord with me. The main premise of Graeber's study is that so many jobs in the world are wholly unnecessary. They are at best, a waste of time and contribute absolutely nothing to society, or, at … Continue reading Bullshit jobs for all, or a radically new society?
"What's the difference between Ireland and Iceland? One letter and about six months" Thus went the joke early in 2008, after Iceland's economy went to the wall. Sure enough, the joke was prophetic, and Ireland followed suit a few months later. Prophetic is probably too strong a word, as sensible economists had been warning about … Continue reading One letter and about six months. And a whole lot more.