First they came for your sunbeds
There was a time when anybody who argued that the Government and the various arms of the State were intent on turning every one of us into one docile, feeble-minded flock of sheep was dismissed as some sort of weird, American-y crackpot.
That can be attributed to a number of factors, not least of which is the profound Irish misunderstanding about what a democracy is and what it means to be free.
And, let's be honest – the Irish like rules. Forget the usual old guff about the Fightin' Irish or the infantile, romantic nonsense about us being an inherently rebellious people. In fact, it's a myth cheerfully propagated by a governing class which knows that, when push comes to shove, we will always look to our elders and betters and assume that they know what they are doing.