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Someone should be ashamed about free cheese. But not the Govt.

Posted by Jason O on Nov 6, 2010 in Irish Politics

Mmmm. Cheese.

Mmmm. Cheese.

The reaction from some elements to the free cheese to low income families reveals a very ugly side of the Irish psyche. Think about it rationally: A government slashing spending because of a crippling fall off in revenues decides that it might be able to do something for the less well off.

It’s not proposing free cheese as a panacea for anything, just thinks that maybe a few free blocks of cheese created by the CAP might allow those families to direct a few Euro a week towards other things. And for that the government gets savaged? What the f**k? There are some who say it is insulting. Why? Does that make the people who take the cheese pathetic, or just glad to be getting anything, no matter how small it is? If someone can only afford to donate a €5 a week to charity, are they insulting the charity? Would they be better off giving nothing? Would the charity be better off?

I once got a block of free EU cheese (Don’t ask). It comes the size of a large brick, and was white cheddar. It lasted about two months, and saved me, I’d say, about €20. And it was very tasty.

The government are giving out free tasty cheese. What will these diabolical bastards do next? Crackers? Mango chutney? If only someone will stop them in time!

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