So it's 2012 – a new year - and it’s going to be even more miserable than the last.
You will pay an extra 2% on top of practically everything you buy, road tolls will increase, yet more revenue-raising fixed penalty motoring offences will be enforced, rail and bus fares will go up and you can be sure the utility companies will have their slice of the action too. It's all so predictable.
Like this morning. I was driving through the Phoenix Park on the way into town – an act that takes an eternity as they have been re-surfacing its main road for months now. I was one of the poor unfortunates who had to work today, so wasn’t in the best of form.
Even so, I couldn’t suppress a hearty guffaw when I observed the legions of joggers about – as plentiful as the faithful at the Pope’s gig in the dark(er) days of the Seventies.
Who were they kidding? They’ll be sat on their arses watching daytime TV as soon as their resolutions dissolve into indolence – just like happened last year. So enough of the New Year optimism nonsense, puh-lease!
The only ones who will hold true to their resolutions are the Government, its state and semi-state companies, and the authorities.
And they’ve resolved to shaft you even more.
Happy new year!
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