Ireland-bashing in style
“Ireland was for a while a growth tiger on the strength of low income tax rates and a willingness to take in tax exiles from other lands. It picked up some wealthy Americans, notably including a Campbell's Soup heir. But it would be a bad choice for relocation now. Its economy is tanking. Down the line, that means a tax grab on anybody who is still solvent.”
Ouch,Ouch Ouch, so even Bernie Madoff would turn up his nose at us. Well now, maybe that’s a good thing. We have enough tax evaders over there – that’s for sure
Little wonder after all this nonsense that former finance minister Charlie McCreevy felt it necessary to slam the British media for their anti-Irish pulp fiction last week. Maybe he needs to take a trip over here and remonstrate with the powers that be.
There’s more of this guff if you really want me to spell it out – Newsweek, Time, all the major dailies are running with the Ireland on the rocks story.
Tim Egan , on his first ever trip to Ireland and in deepest Kerry hard by Dingle town adds a nice note of consolation, He looks at the beehive huts, and towers there since ancient Celtic times which have withstood all the elements and invasions.
He finds them comforting, something from the old Ireland that is timeless and irreplaceable. The he looks at the empty homes built by the Dublin bourgeois as they scrambled to keep up with the Jones’s.
“If they stand as long as the beehive huts or Hussey’s tower, the orphans of Ireland will prove to be instructive. The huts are a testament to perseverance. The tower is a monument of hope against despair. And the empty new homes tell a story of greed.”