Stop the madness!
Our dear finance minister has repeated his warning to the Republic’s consumers to shop at home and to turn their back on bargains across the border or else our sick won’t be treated and our young won’t be educated. “When you shop in the State, you do help the taxpayer,” he said on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland programme today. “If you shop at home this Christmas, and shop a little bit more this Christmas and if you recognise that money is going to help educate your children and care for people in hospitals and pay for our medical expenses, which the State has to pay for, I think you’ll realise that it is important to shop at home.”
You know what, I reckon Lenihan would be much better off dropping this patriotic line and saying: ‘Listen guys I know you can save money up North but do you really, really want to waste your precious time off in the run-up to Christmas stuck in mile-long tailbacks on the road to Newry? Do you really want to spend an hour-and-a-half finding a place to park and fighting with fellow shoppers for the handful of wonky trolleys left in the trolley bay before discovering that the insainsburys shelves have been stripped of all booze and high price items and things you actually want and can genuinely make savings on long before you arrived?”
That’d certainly have me convinced.