Face in the mirror
Published 17/12/2011 | 05:00
• I have read an awful lot of Europe bashing in your letters pages over the past weeks and months. The Germans seem to be responsible for everything from the price of plastic bags to Thierry Henry's handball. May I remind the Irish people that the Germans did not take part in any Irish elections? They cannot be blamed for any of the opportunists and cute hoors who were elected to run the country for the past umpteen years.
Nor did they run the banks that lent money to all and sundry without thinking twice. They were also not responsible for the inflated civil service, greedy developers (aided by greedy bankers) and the general waste of public money by successive governments.
There is a culture of dishonesty in Ireland that starts at the top. The politicians get away with it, so why shouldn't everyone else follow suit?