The next time you hear someone on the radio or a newspaper columnist refer to the inevitability and necessity of Ireland bankrupting herself in sacrifice to the IMF, please remember that the USA spent $20,000,000,000 on air conditioning in Iraq and Afghanistan last year.

This is how the Western Empire ends. Sweatlessly in the desert, sweaty in the dole queue.

We are not fated to live in a world fated by economic masterminds or worse again, the mindless market.

Your Correspondent, With our windows shut, we can’t hear the barbarians coming