At times the Taoiseach seems to wield a strange schoolteacher-like power over people. As soon as he announced that we should continue from the story of Sabina Coyne Higgins, we gave it a try.
But we had a problem. Next to what? There was a lot going on in the world, but in the first week of August nobody was in the mood for serious business.
People tried in vain to dig into the details of Taiwan, but most couldn’t get beyond mildly irritated surprise that Nancy Pelosi appeared to be attempting to start another war while the one we had proved to be thank you enough.
We’ve also noticed that the laws of economics seem to be upside down from everything else. Although most people are feeling the tightening, it seems that Ireland Inc just can’t stop collecting taxes even if they try. On the other hand, this is a country that went to court to try and get taxes back to Apple.
Corporate tax continues to rise, as does VAT and even income tax due to the bizarre fact that we now have more people working than we did before the country was shut down for two years.
The government is like a tax magnet. And apparently the government isn’t the only one loaded in the wake of the pandemic. The wealth of the Irish has exceeded one trillion euros for the first time. We are rich beyond our wildest dreams and we don’t even know it.
But of course, most of this so-called wealth has come from the high values of our homes, which we all agree we wouldn’t mind going down a bit at this point.
But these things confused our August brain too much, so we refocused on Phoenix Park and there was an attempt to get people to feed the deer there into the week’s summer story.
Apparently if we don’t stop feeding the deer they will start pestering people for food. Honestly though, that was the least of our concerns considering by the time such harassment begins there may not be a deer, park or human race left.
And anyway, deer seemed positively harmless next to the fact that people had to hide in the gift shop to avoid escaped bison in the park that would soon be known as Tayto Park.
But that didn’t work either. We couldn’t even bring ourselves to get mad at Brian Cowen as most people were just happy to hear he was fine and on the road for a bit.
Meanwhile, the political press was so eager for news that they seemed to be following the Taoiseach on his summer holidays, and he seemed only too happy to lect them on economics and fuel prices from various locations in the Blaskets.
The tabloids, meanwhile, followed Tom Cruise’s private jet in Kerry. If they could catch him with a plastic bag from Garveys in Dingle, that could be the poster child of the summer. Perhaps he would even encounter the Taoiseach. Jackpot.
Luckily, it sounds like the good weather is returning, so that gives us every reason to freak out.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/less-war-more-tom-cruise-i-say-41894913.html Less war, more Tom Cruise I say