Our si­lence on Par­adise Pa­pers is deaf­en­ing

Irish Examiner - - Opinion -

Ire­land’s si­lence is deaf­en­ing once again. Last year it was the Panama Pa­pers scan­dal, now it’s the Par­adise Pa­pers, a world­wide ef­fort by jour­nal­ists to ex­pose the off-shore ac­count hold­ers.

Again our own Bono was men­tioned, also the Queen of Eng­land. The listed just hyp­ocrites and un­pa­tri­otic in hid­ing their grubby lit­tle money bags from their own coun­try.

This be­hav­iour ties in ex­actly with what the likes of Gene Ker­ri­gan and De­clan Lynch have been bang­ing on about for years now. We, the pro­le­tariat, ac­cept dif­fer­ent stan­dards from dif­fer­ent classes of peo­ple. To say oth­er­wise is a non­sense.

Look at the home­less sit­u­a­tion, the hos­pi­tal wait­ing lists, the choc-a-bloc hos­pi­tal cor­ri­dors, the two-tier health sys­tem, the Scrooge­like banks etc, etc... all re­spectably ac­cept­able to our so-called mid­dle-class val­ues.

We cas­ti­gated the English for don­keys’ years and their bla­tant open class sys­tem. But since we have moved into the Manor House, well there’s a lot to be said for a good func­tion­ing class defin­ing sys­tem — one must have some re­course to an up­per class than one’s self. Holly Bar­rett

Mal­low / Barcelona

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