This blog is well worth a read, given how ready we are to complain and belittle our country here. Any time we receive praise from outsiders, an a cynical response can be expected, almost by reflex. When I was growing up, Ireland was poor by the standards of neighbouring European countries. Since then, and despite the economic crash, we are broadly on a par with them. That’s a huge change in fortunes. It’s not to say we don’t have problems, or inequality, or lots more to do to improve our country, but parroting the line that we are a basket case, or the worst of the worst, is wildly off the mark.

unshavedmouse

Dear Whiny Bitches,

How’ve you been? I am good. Let’s talk about that recent survey. You know the one? Recently something called the Good Country Index released a survey stating that Ireland was the “best” country in the world. Now, there’s a been a lot of confusion on this so first of all let’s just clarify that the survey was not necessarily the best place in the world to live, the survey was actually trying to measure which countries contribute most to the welfare of humanity (in stuff like global aid, peace-keeping, diplomacy, fighting climate change and so on) and which countries are dragging everyone else down. Now, I’ll admit I was surprised that we got the number one spot, not stunned, but surprised. But sure, we do give a lot of money to overseas aid and we’ve been involved in UN Peacekeeping missions since the early sixties so fine…

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