Saturday 16 December 2017

John Drennan: Old habits die hard in Republic of We Are Where We Are

Public enemy No 1 is the State with its overpaid, work-shy bureaucrats, writes John Drennan

If you were looking for a new national anthem that would best summarise the nature of our new Republic of We Are Where We Are, it would be hard to surpass Philip Larkin's "they f**k you up, your mum and dad, they may not mean to but they do, they fill you up with all the faults they had, and add some extra just for you".

When it comes to our failed political entity, Larkin's acerbic lines may be too kind, for unlike our political mums and dads, his parents did not intentionally 'f**k up' their kids. In contrast, the jury is still out when it comes to the Republic of We Are Where We Are, for huge swathes of our citizens believe the State is an active rather than an accidental enemy.

This does not just apply to the fiscal sphere, where the growth of the black economy is the most visible sign of the quiet revolt of the citizens against a faithless state.

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