Growing Up In A Bad Area — The Reality

For a long time now, I’ve been talking about scumbags and lowlifes.  I’ve been pointing out that people living in bad areas are going to learn from the people they hang around with and eventually they’re all going to end up causing trouble.

Children aren’t blind.  When they see the sort of things their elders get up to, they’re going to do the same, because the parents don’t care.  While they go out thieving, the children are left to fend for themselves, looked after by people who think the very same way as the lowlife families the children grew up in.  With a sense of entitlement as if the State exists to look after them.

These people teach their children nothing except how to sponge off the State, how to grab as much as they can from the taxpayer and how to avoid getting caught.

Scumbags, from scumbag parents and scumbag grandparents.  Most of these people have never done a day’s work in their lives because they know how to scam the ordinary working person, and for some reason, they never seem to be caught by the police.

Why?  Because they know their rights.  They know what they’re entitled to.  You can see it in their faces as they swagger around the streets daring you to look them in the eye, even though you know how much they have thieved from you and from me.

The government doesn’t seem to care.  Every day, these spongers collect millions shovelled out to them, money paid in tax by the rest of us.

I’m tired of hearing that it’s society’s fault.  I’m tired of being told that these people are a product of their environment.

Why is it society’s fault that the country is full of thieves, robbers and scumbags?

I didn’t force them to live in Foxrock, or Mount Merrion.  I didn’t force them to live in Northumberland Road.   If they’re American, I didn’t force them to grow up in the Hamptons or the upper East Side.

I didn’t force them to go to school in Blackrock College or Gonzaga, Castleknock or Clongowes.  I didn’t put a gun to their heads and force them to attend Harvard or Yale or Trinity or Cambridge or the LSE.

I didn’t force any of them to them to take over a bank and crash it into the ground.

Did you?

22 thoughts on “Growing Up In A Bad Area — The Reality

  1. The Reality?
    You failed to mention it, I fear to point out.

    You have written some fine pieces and even some fine and funny pieces over the years. I admire you as a person and I admire your writings more. You have been – in my eyes – the finest Gonzo Journalist that Ireland has ever produced. However!

    The above piece of writing is stunningly appalling in it`s sweeping gesture towards a particular level of society.

    You know where I am from; you know many people from my area that are not, as you describe above.

    I am shocked to think that we have had anything to do with Irish Society – yes we do attend the Curragh Derby in July – but man “please.”

    Our lot, is a happy lot.
    We hunt and dine. We send our children to the best schools – not because we can afford them – but because their friends are going there too.

    We adore Ireland and all it offers us – which as you know is quite a lot – however, it must be said that, none of my children will add to Ireland`s future misery. I`m confident they will secure jobs in Zurich and New York.

    You Sir, in your criticism have succeeded in rallying us chapter 17 chaps to seek pastures new. We will move out of limerick forthwith and we will take the Plebeians jobs with us.

    Good Day

  2. Bollocks. Fingleton went to “St Nathy’s school in Ballaghaderreen”. Fitzpatrick went to Pres Bray. Not a gentleman amongst them.

    Say what you want about ‘Rock (Castleknock College is more “them” than “us” nowadays and probably shouldn’t feature in your list), but find me one Jesuit educated man who was involved in our issues.

    Bad post, son.

  3. Peter Sutherland, working hard behind the scenes to ensure the Irish taxpayer keeps on supporting the world of international banking.

  4. Gonzaga and Jesuit educated Peter Sutherland was a Director at Royal Bank of Scotland when Fred ‘the Shred’ Goodwin was running the bank into the ground. He is now a lobbyist for Goldman Sachs making sure all the banking debts are left with the taxpayers of Europe.

  5. @Bock, I think Mul was talking to me. Still, ver ‘mpressive.

    @Colm, ok – I’ll give you Sudzy. But you’ve got to admit it’s a “militant labour” style approach to just attack people because their parents sent them to fee-paying schools.

    Imagine if the boot was on the other foot and it was the boys from Crescent calling the kids from Islandfield “thieves, robbers and scumbags”? Bock’s just trolling for page-hits with this post.

  6. @Ron, I agree. Many of the Gombeen men and cute hoors who have ruined the country have come from very modest backgrounds. But I am sure that Sudzy and his mates from similiar privileged backgrounds were at the heart of the financial crisis.

  7. This is class-based blame-game gets us nowhere so let’s stop it – we as a country got ourselves into the present fix.

    We need to take another leaf out of the Finns book and do away with all fee-paying schools – the whole idea of segregating our children into fee-paying and non fee-paying schools is completely artificial and destructive.

    The Finnish Prime Minister’s children go to exactly the same State schools as the ordinary working people’s children – and Finland’s educational system is ranked numero uno in the OECD countries, so they are doing something right (quite a lot in fact) .

    Perhaps more importantly, Finland is more egalitarian than Ireland and this is due in no small measure to the fact that the State provides excellent – and equal – services (education, healthcare, public transport, socials services) to all citizens. Nobody cares what school you went to – or where you live – or what car you drive, if any.

    Certainly, there are rich people and rich families in Finland – and “Golden Circles” – pretty much unavoidable whenever people, power and money mix – but the class divisions are less prominent in Finland than Ireland.
    In general we need to stop copying the failed Anglo-American economic/social model – and take a much closer look at the Nordics, particularly Finland.

  8. @Bock – no, indeed you don’t. I’m a long-time reader (although I’ve only started posting recently) and your blog is one of my start-up tabs in firefox.

    I enjoy it here, and you are a much needed and brave commentator on many of our ills as a nation. It’s for this reason that I called you out on your post; you’re usually bang-on the money, but really not this time.

    If you were simply going for comic subversion of expectations, mea culpa – I didn’t get it. Well played. In my defence you don’t write a lot of comedy here. If this post is an accurate portrayal of your feelings towards those who were sent to fee paying schools, it is (to put is mildly) a bit misguided – for the reason I state above.

    @Colm – honestly I disagree. There were (I’m guessing) many people from many differing social strata engaged in underhand behaviour, before, during and after the Celtic Tiger days. However, if you wanted to pick out people who were “at the heart of the financial crisis” surely it would be Haughey & Ahern?

    Haughey went to Joey’s in Fairview, and Ahern to CBS in Whitehall. Too less posh lads you’d be hard pushed to find.

  9. Things can often be ruined by trying to explain them, so I’ll just have to accept that this post works for some people and not for others.

  10. @Ron, and not forgetting the role of Dermot Desmond. People like Haughey and Aherne were just the front men, very ambitious but not that intelligent. The Augustinian (not Jesuit) educated Dermot Desmond was the brains behind the Celtic Tiger. He got Haughey to put up taxpayers money to establish the financial centre.

  11. no need to practice buddy .this piece is worthy of my comment,its just bigotry and plain offensive .

  12. Whether we are robbed by gentlemen using posh accents and wearing biz suits, or whether we are robbed on the streets by dufflecoated ruffains using bad grammar, we are robbed man. If convicted the guys in the suits go to open prisons and the jackeen thugs stew in the joy.

  13. Must speak up here for the grandparents, they were more the victims of
    of legal scumbags they hardly had the energy to stay alive.

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