Great expectations in a bleak house
• The year 2012 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the great writer and man of social conscience Charles Dickens, who in his novels and in his life tried to champion the poorer sections of society against the relentless money-grabbing of the rich.
I wonder what he would make of the the current woes in Ireland, economic and otherwise.
In the Ireland of today, however, his Oliver Twist seems to be in reverse (maybe he's gone with Alice 'Through the Looking Glass') as everyone seems to want more from us: universal social charge; household charge; bin charge (up front!); breathing charge (no I jest -- well at least for the moment!), rather than the other way round.