The grass is always greener
BEYOND question, our corner of north-western Europe scores very high in any assessment of the amenities of life. In spite of all their economic and other troubles, Ireland, Britain and France are among the world's best countries to live in -- and so the current issue of 'Newsweek' finds in its survey of the globe. But 'Newsweek' goes further. It rates the leaders of the three countries among the top 10 in the world.
This judgment is, frankly, eccentric. Britain's David Cameron has not held office long enough for any firm judgment to be made about his performance. France's Nicolas Sarkozy is beset by sensational scandals.
And our own dear Brian Cowen? The magazine lavishes praise on him for the austerity measures designed to bring us through the financial crisis. It makes no mention of his inability to communicate or the apparent resentment with which he responds glumly to criticism.