Sunday 23 July 2017

Well, so much for everyone being united in poverty

Carol Hunt can't quite bring herself to empathise with the elite few who fear for their massive pensions

Two news items last week highlighted not just the economic, but also the moral quagmire that we currently find ourselves in. And, amazingly, there wasn't bank nor banker mentioned in either.

One concerned the increase in poverty among Irish families, quoting recent statistics from the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) and Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS). As pay decreases, taxes rise and unemployment grows, more and more people are finding themselves in financial despair. You're worried, I'm worried, we're all worried that we'll wake up some morning and not be able to pay the mortgage/gas bill/electricity etc, and, as the Vincent de Paul charity can attest, every week sees more and more people unable to put food on the table for their children.

It's sad, it's painful, but unfortunately it's how things are in Ireland today. As we are constantly reminded, we're broke, there's no money, we all have to share the pain, blah, blah, blah ...

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