- Sep 11, 2012
Ireland, we are told often enough, has one of the most hard-working and best educated work forces in the western world. On the face of it, this is a great place to live, ranking 8th in the best places in the world to live this year:
The best countries to live in - Business Insider
Great! Except, this belies the many, many problems we as a nation face:
Politically, we are pygmies. We have been governed, since the mid-twenties, by one of two parties, either alone, or in combination with labour, and some short lived minor parties the likes of Clann na Poblachta and the PDs, themselves offshoots of SF and FF. Despite the precarious nature of the economy throughout the states existence, and indeed its mismanagement for most of it, the nation has survived, and - to an extent prospered.
However, this prosperity has brought with it massive inequality, and Im not talking about mere financial inequality. There are huge societal inequities in Ireland between not just the rich and the poor, but also between:
Over the next few posts, I propose to demonstrate the intersectionality of issues which are holding us back as a nation.