Sunday 22 October 2017

Death brings out worst hypocrisy

Call her weird and out of touch, but Emer O'Kelly refuses to indulge in the Irish habit of funeral number-crunching

Emer O'Kelly

A MAN who had been my boss many years ago died a few years ago. I detested him as a colleague and a boss; and my opinion of him as a human being came close to contempt. So, naturally enough, I did not go to the funeral.

Most of my colleagues who had worked with him shared my opinion to one degree or another: he was generally regarded as incompetent throughout his work life, accused of playing favourites to a level that amounted to what is now termed workplace bullying, and a bumbling fool with an underlying slyly vicious streak. Not a nice man.

I know of only one former colleague of his who said that he had never not gone to a funeral of a colleague, but in this case could simply not summon up the hypocrisy.

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