Posted by OldTimer on June 19, 2006 at 17:59:09:
In Reply to: Bet your all nearly 900 years old. posted by A.B.Haughey on June 19, 2006 at 16:50:08:
In truth the older people here have a lot more to be antagonistic about than the Celtic Tiger Types. Why?
In Charlie’s heyday we were paying over half our wages on taxes - even if you were poorly paid the income tax rate was a lot higher than today. Imagine trying to pay a mortgage when mortgage interest rates went to 13% and 14%? And that was when you could get the bank to give you a mortgage no matter how much you had on deposit.
And at the same time these guys were swanning around receiving brown envelopes from any developer or big business man they could pin down with a promise to do something for them. The 1977 election promises bankrupt the country. Charlie on a relatively modest salary swanned around with yachts and islands and big houses and paintings and 'environmental' projects all paid for by 'ha ha 'donors' that he never did anything for while the country went down the tubes.
And then the famous "we have to tighten our belt folks" speech at a time when he was loosening his belt up at Le Coq Hardi!
It's a pity though, even with all the wealth that has come recently, that our education system seems to have really gone down the tubes if the laughable excuse for English in the post above is anything to go by - either that or just drunk in charge of a keyboard?
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