• There is no getting away from the fact that D-Day is getting nearer, with predictions of tsunamis, earthquakes, wars, rising temperatures, famines, droughts and collapse of governments. Sorry, did I say D-Day? I meant B-Day, Budget Day – Ireland's Doomsday.
There will certainly be big waves of anger after the earthquake of cuts causing another Irish famine; there will be rising tempers of citizens erupting on the streets that will collapse this Government as they did the last one. After B-Day, days are certain to get darker as more and more people will have their electricity disconnected, and much colder with central heating disconnected.
Yes, this Government, like the last, is disconnected from its people and this Budget is likely to cause war. How did the prophet Nostradamus get it so right?
Tallaght, Co Dublin
• I am really bemused listening to the many spokespersons who are insisting that the Budget should be fair.
From my experience and my studies as a sociologist, I have observed that there is very little fairness in this world.
The socio-economic status of the family you are born into will heavily influence your life-chances. Likewise, the location in which you arrive into the world, whether it is the back streets of Calcutta or the leafy suburbs of Dublin, will largely dictate your future.
A person who has lived all his life observing the legal and moral codes may find himself the victim of brutality simply by being in the wrong place at the wrong time and I have never been able to detect fairness in the seeming random occurrence of many illnesses and disabilities.
Many people who worked hard all their lives now find themselves in poverty, and this is patently not fair.
So how can the Budget be fair? The best the Coalition can do is make life bearable enough so that there aren't riots on the streets.
Tramore, Co Waterford