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The Pope's Children by David McWilliams

The Pope's Children

by David McWilliams

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Subtitle: Ireland's new elite. McWilliam's analysis of modern Irish society is insightful, unfortunately it labours under his less than amusing habit of giving "cute" names and acronymys to everything. Probably would have done better as an actual academic exploration than a quasi-humourous book. ( )
  Elishibai | May 12, 2007 |
There are interesting snippets and quips in this one but I think he simplifies things way too much. Yes he has some points in that Irish people are spending too much and not thinking about the future but he seems to want to pretend that he's above all this and he isn't, he's part of it. Indeed protectionism failed Ireland and the rampant emigration that plagued this country until the 90's still has scars but things can't be as simple or as meaningless as he makes it out to be. At one stage he's complaining about stereotypes and at another he's enforcing them. Yes Dublin is a traffic disaster but only forward thinking, reliable public transport can save that mess. Yes people own too much and have re-mortgaged their re-mortgage but that's because of the way the taxes are set up and the fact that this country encourages dishonesty.
Interesting but needs a decent dose of salt with it. It earned a few extra points for making me chuckle. It also apparently echoes an American economist. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Nov 20, 2006 |
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'The Pope's Children's is a book about the new Irish generation born in the early 1980s in the wake of the Pope's visit - 1980 was the top of the Irish baby boom. This generation is now about 25 years old and about to inherit the new Ireland. Who are they? What makes them tick? Where are they taking us?… (more)

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