Twenty Major reckons the obligatory pension (translation: more tax) is his tipping point. He's leaving if it's implemented.
I couldn't blame him.
I'd do it myself if my circumstances permitted it. After all, when the rats are leaving the ship, why should the hard-pressed crew remain as the tide rises above the neck?
The bankers have fled to their hidey-holes in Spain or Canada already. The cabinet are bailing out one by one.
Why stay to pay for their mistakes, their incompetence and yes, their crimes?
If you can, go. No one will thank you for remaining behind, except of course the aforementioned bankers (whose debts you'll pay) or the aforementioned politicians (whose pensions your 'pension levy' will fund).
There's a really simple choice here - stay and get shafted, stay and fight back, or leave and don't ever look over your shoulder at the mess behind you.
I'm forced into option 2. But despite the 'fighting Irish' nickname we have worldwide, this nation is one of meek, subservient sheep who would take any punishment and tug their forelock gratefully in response.
In short, I don't expect to see many others backing my belligerence because historically, the Irish have never shown backbone in a crisis. 1798? Most of the country bottled. 1848? Same again. 1916? Same again.
When it comes to fighting each other, we're masters though. Look at the North, or the civil war, or indeed the public V private spat ongoing at present.
If you're going, you do so with my blessing and best hopes for the future.
If you're staying, please get up off your knees, remove the penises from your mouth, stand up and fight for justice.
Fight to jail the crooks. Fight to see the corrupt bankers and developers bankrupted and jailed. Fight against being lumped with their debts and fight to retain some dignity in this country.