Let Them Eat Cheesecake

There’s been a lot of anger directed at the Irish government for a while now and some of that frustration erupted onto the streets this week. On Monday, the Minister for Health was sprayed with red paint by a member of a socialist party named Éirígí. Councillor Louise Minihan had been elected to Dublin City council as a member of Sinn Féin and chose red paint to symbolise the blood that she believes is on Mary Harney’s hands. The words pot, kettle and black spring to mind. Members of Sinn Féin and Éirígí were back again on Wednesday as they hijacked the peaceful protest that was organised by the Union of Students in Ireland. The USI have distanced themselves from a small number of participants who turned aggressive towards the end of the rally. The riot police were called in and they too seemed to use overly aggressive methods as they forcibly removed protesters who had staged a peaceful sit-in at the Department of Finance. On Thursday, the government announced that the forthcoming budget would include €6 billion in cuts and taxes. However, the announcement by the Minister for Agriculture the next morning really took the biscuit. In an effort to take attention away from the budget, Brendan Smith decided to announce that free cheese would be made available to the poor and needy around the country this month. Lots of politicians and voters have been whining about this news and I can understand why they might be a bit cheesed off. Still, as a cheeselover I hope to take advantage of this offer and I’ll be as happy as a Cheshire cat if I can get my hands of some free cheddar. I don’t know where you stand on cheese but, personally, I prefer to tread Caerphilly. Here are a trio of cheesy tunes from Nirvana, Jimmy Buffett and The Rutles

Big Cheese – Nirvana

Cheeseburger In Paradise – Jimmy Buffett

Cheese and Onions – The Rutles