A GERMAN study on social injustice in industrially developed countries has ranked Ireland among the very worst. There is no point in being surprised. That situation has come about through deliberate political choices and consistent personal selfishness. As the Celtic Tiger roared, the public was asked repeatedly to choose between the economic models of Boston or Berlin. It chose the former, with low taxes and limited public services.
Selfish Irish bastards. I myself repeatedly opted Boston at the weekly ballot box and fortnightly lever pulling sessions initiated by Mary Harney when she announced the Boston – Berlin dichotomy in thon speech. For me, Boston was more than a feeling: it was smokin’. Berlin, on the other hand, did not take my breath away.
I came across this sequence of illustrations on an excellent Spanish website called Diseccionando a El País (Dissecting El País). For those unaware, El País is a Spanish newspaper a little closer to Berlin than the Irish Times.
Captures things quite adequately, I think.