Sometimes it’s just some small unexpected comment or story that tells us what kind of a country we live in.
An angry caller to last Friday’s Liveline was wondering why people like Bertie Ahern never seem to come under the same scrutiny as ‘ordinary’ citizens.
“One time I had a small business and I had a tax audit. I said to the tax inspectors, why are you hassling the small businesses’? They told me straight out:
‘we’re not allowed go after the big guys.’
They said it reflects badly on Irish business in general, that they have too many smart accountants and smart solicitors and they have friends in high places.
You can ask anyone who has ever worked in Revenue and they will back me up on that. That’s how it is, there’s an untouchable golden circle.”