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Pulling the plug

•I had to chuckle at Ian Gorby's amazement that the ESB might strike. I'm a child of the 1970s and remember evenings when the family on the street with a gas cooker helped those dependent on electricity.

Sure we hate those who drove the banks into the ground, the politicians who dodged away -- but ESB workers are soon to join them because they argue that they should continue to live in Versailles while the rest of us are chained in the Bastille. We are the shareholders, voters and their customers -- yet they make all the rules.

It will be a cold winter in Ireland with no Xbox, 'X Factor', iPhone or Facebook, but we will be comforted by the fact that, for once, the ESB staff are in it with us.

S E Lydon
Wilton, Cork

Irish Independent