Sunday, 1 January 2012

New Year resolutions... who is going to keep them?

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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Anonymous said...

happy new year mr gm yes indeed 2012will be the yr of the PIG in the ez ,to make matters worse they will make a pigs ear out of it elections in france and next yr germany you see, unless ofc mr kenny and noonan are brought in to salvage the entire situation perhaps berty and biffo could be hired as consultants to bring chaos and confusion, tis a grand soft day here in BH

Dakota said...

"And they’ve resolved to shaft you even more," yes, that's bad enough but consider the reality they proposed before they gained power? Essentially to do the exact opposite of what they are resolved to now. Burn the bondholders, emm and the now infamous NO PROPERTY TAX etc, etc.....Accountability? No, Irish accountability in the new capitalist world, a noxious combination. Accountability is a meaningless concept in the Irish context.

Anonymous said...

How people thought that FG/LAB would be suddenly different to the FF slime is bizarre. They are all the same, with SF as an embryonic FF. There is no alternative, any person with integrity and decency, not to mention reason and intelligence would be vilified and consumed by the maggot infestation that are the establishment in this country, including the media. One must assimilate and become a sneering snake, sniveling to your masters, getting your kicks from humiliating and undermining any sincere individual who is unfortunate and naive in their trust of people. The culture of rot continues to thrive, thanks to a deluded, moronic populace. I wish I could leave this place.

The Gombeen Man said...

@ BH. Happy new year to your good self. Speaking of B-B-Bertie - it turns out he has claimed more expenses as an ex-PM than all the rest of them put together. I'd bet they'd still vote him back in if he stood again.

@ Dakota. Yep... they don't do accountability here and they lie through their teeth as a matter of course. Labour are particulary bad... their only concern is to protect the Croke Park Agreement while more and more working poor are forced to seek income support.

@ Anon. Don't be shy to give us a name, my friend - a pseudonym is fine! I agree totally. I see no hope for the future in this country and feel the upcoming generation are even more conservative and unquestioning of orthodoxies than ours is. There has been a debate on education lately, with some conceding that our education system has been a failure for generations. Its use as a tool for Gaelic revivalism and its emphasis on rote learning producing generation after generation of idiots incapable of critical thought. And it wears you down, it really does. I've thought about getting the f*** out of the place myself many a time, having lived abroad for about 12 years in the past and seeing that it does not have to be this way. I know where you are coming from.

John said...

Another year to failed Neo-Liberal economics, more cuts that will depress further. I read over the fest
"Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World"
no, not this lot, but back in 1929. A very interesting book as the massive mistakes they made are so close to what is happening now. It as now, came down to putting the welfare of ordinary people last against the protection of the powerful interest groups of that time, sounds familiar??. Happy 2o12.

Anonymous said...

The system we have is what the majority of people here want, that is the reality. They want their kids learning Irish. Its now the language of the elites. They want the big communion and confirmation days. They like having alcohol at the centre of events. They like that they might have a bit of pull with a politician or some council official. There are very few people worth even talking to today, most seem to know nothing only drivel. If your not excited about soccer, the soaps, celebrity culture, or the local parochial/GAA bullshit, your chances of any stimulating encounter are slight. Most of them deserve to be shafted, and have it twisted in them. Unfortunately, the rest of us that detest their rotten society, seem to suffer more.

John said...

the elites set the cultural agenda for society, thus, we have the GAA as the embodiment of "Irishness"
Gramsci(early 20th Century communist) suggested,that elites maintained control not just through violence and political and economic coercion, but also ideologically, through a hegemonic culture in which the values of the bourgeoisie became the 'common sense' values of all. Thus a consensus culture developed in which people in the working-class identified their own good with the good of the bourgeoisie, and helped to maintain the status quo rather than revolting. Sound like Ireland??

The Gombeen Man said...

It does indeed.