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What’s so bad about…the Recession? by Daniel Dilworth

So, let me ask the question: what exactly is so bad about the recession? It’s a serious question. At the time of writing we have the Cypriots protesting, much to Turkey’s amusement, one might suspect. We have Greeks throwing bricks, furniture and anything else they can get their impoverished hands on. Here in old Eire we remain disgruntled yet docile and even show signs of having forgiven Fianna Fáil (my spell checker tells me the fada is not necessary.) But let’s consider the benefits of this catastrophe we have been thrown into by Seánie Fitzpatrick, Michael “Fingers” Fingleton et al.

Firstly, day to day costs have come down in price (mostly.) Now, it is a pity chocolate is going up but, otherwise, we now have more competition between the German shops and our own over-priced ones. As the adverts tell you, vegetables can be bought for as little as twenty or thirty cents – ditto for clothes. Some prices may still be high but now the wool you could sheer off the old sheep yourself and knit for half nothing costs a lot less in the high street shops.

However, we have learnt a bit of cop on (temporarily, at the very least.)

Secondly, houses aren’t springing up like mushrooms. These days there are stricter regulations on one-offs and sprawling drug estates are not as numerous, though the ones currently around can be sorted easily, so quit complaining. During the Celtic Tiger money was as plentiful as jobs. Hence, on this understanding, ugly, often unpainted houses were built, notably in more rural areas. These were buildings which rivalled their 70s counterparts for the (un)coveted prize of ugliest architecture. If these houses were left unpainted they were nearly always suffocated in brickwork on the façade. Now, thanks to the recession, houses are being built to a higher standard, or so we think…

I could go on but really I’d be flogging a dead horse. So, next time someone complains about the recession just raise this with them.

Now, I’m not saying the recession has caused problems. It certainly has. But that’s not for this column.