Being middle class is its own punishment here in Ireland
Following my letter (Irish Independent, July 3) regarding the Jobstown protest, many people were irritated that I identified myself as middle class. Unfortunately, they missed the context, so I would be most grateful if you would allow me to explain.
In Ireland, class is an economic term. It really has no relevance to a person's status or social standing in society. Middle class in Ireland is nothing to be proud of. In fact, most middle-class people fully understand that it is a badge of shame, and readily accept that they are fools and should be treated as such.
The term categorises a group of cynical Irish citizens who are easy to spot, with the following characteristics: