February 5, 2023

Bless Me Father, For I Have Sinned…

November 27, 2009 eblaney

Bless me Father, for I have sinned. It has been a week since my last confession.

During the week I lost my temper on at least two occasions. The first time, one of the pupils was playacting during breakfast and I felt the need to discipline him. I picked him up by the ear and slapped him across the face twice, just after I let go of his ear. When I walked back up the dining room I noticed that his nose was bleeding into his breakfast cereal, so I asked him to go to his room. The second occasion was somewhat more serious…. [Read More]

It’s Really All Our Fault, Isn’t It ?

November 24, 2009 eblaney

In just the last two weeks, four restaurants and a bookshop have closed in my area. Having spoken with some of the owners, who have been through previous recessions, it became very clear that this recession is unlike any other and far deeper in its reach. Instead of concentrating on the present headlines regarding bank remuneration or private versus public service workers, I have decided to take much more of a “helicopter” view of our present situation and how we all contributed to it more importantly. How we can all do something constructive to get out of it. As much as I do not wish to be a bearer of bad news, unfortunately our economy is going to get a lot worse. I will not go into the reasons why it will get worse now, but by April of next year we will truly understand the meaning of a recession. [Read More]

March with the Union’s ?

November 5, 2009 eblaney

The people are angry. An understatement you might say, but there is no doubt that the mood in the country has changed significantly in the last few months people are angry, frustrated and close to despair. There is a palpable sense that the country is lurching from one economic crisis to another and that the proposed solutions are being made up on the hoof. [Read More]