Begrudgery is alive and venomous as ever
Wasn't it wonderful to see Michael O'Leary leading in the winner of the Grand National at Aintree?
This completed the amazing feat of three major wins for an Irish owner that included the Irish Grand National and the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Capturing the biggest prizes in National Hunt racing has to be about as good as it gets.
Predictably however, instead of celebrating an Irish man's good fortune, the begrudgers and whingers were at it again the following week, complaining about how a successful man was enjoying some outstanding rewards for his efforts and the efforts of those who work for him.
Hasn't he got enough, they cried. I subsequently had at least four good arguments with people who could not see how we need hard working entrepreneurs like O'Leary who pay their taxes and spend their money here in Ireland.
Why can't we enjoy and be proud of their good fortune? Surely they are better than other multi-millionaires who choose to become tax exiles and live for much of the year outside the country of their birth? Just think of the huge spin off employment that comes from the presence of that huge string of racehorses and the benefits they bring to the rural economy.
Is this not better than some miserly individual, hoarding his wealth as so many have done in the past? Some people are seen as being exceptionally lucky but then we all get opportunities in life and only a few of us have the ability to make the most of them. I could go on because O'Leary is one of my heroes who puts his money where his mouth is and appears to fear no one.
And what a great mouth he has. He must be an interviewer's dream and can always be relied on to be vocal, entertaining and thought provoking. We need more like him.
This all reminded me of a farmer