Monday 19 March 2018

Hats off to rigorous pursuit of the truth

Peter Bowe and David Drumm
Peter Bowe and David Drumm

Recent news has taken us into contrasting worlds, that of the extraordinarily self-sacrificing life of Nelson Mandela and the self-serving lives of the bungling bankers of Ireland. Here we have a moral tale of two cities, Dublin and Johannesburg.

Mandela has been an inspiration to the world and continues to be so as his life ebbs away. What he stood for is what Ireland longs for: a sense of decency in the lives of those who purport to lead the nation politically and fiscally.

We have seen greed and crass acquisitiveness eat at the heart and soul of Ireland. Unfettered capitalism has sent us all on the mindless march to nowhere. The semi-literate and obscene testosterone-driven recorded conversations published in your newspaper have been a revelation to many and a confirmation of what was evidently the case from the start. In any other time or place these unseemly events would trigger a revolution. The Irish seem to suffer from an acute case of rebellion fatigue.

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