When hospitals and shopping centres are both overcrowded
I don't write from atop a sandbag in the Shannon but as someone who has experience in our Republic of being: unemployed, well-paid, a student, an orphan, provided for by the State and later taxed as a higher earner, a country dweller and a city slicker, a drinker, an emigrant, a tenant, a landlord, a lapsed Catholic, an investor and an eejit. So I muse sometimes that I have an insight into the public consciousness. On the cusp of a General Election, I consider myself a floating voter with questions on my mind.
How has Fine Gael not learned the lessons of the past when it comes to talking down to citizens? Irish people are happy to trust and to "sacrifice themselves for the common good", but can quickly rebel when they feel like they are being patronised.
If they are punished for this apparent arrogance, they only have themselves to blame.