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Fear not Cat! I haven't changed my outlook in the past week even if developments in Catalonia, UK and N. Ireland are not good. I lost my youthful Hegelian idealism a long time ago.

All to often now I am content to analyse the dynamics of a situation playing out before our eyes while knowing I have zero influence on the outcome. The best we can often do is brace ourselves and prepare for more bad news.

I feel for Helen caught in in the warped reality of Brexit, powerless to do anything, but liable for it's costs in any case. Just as I felt for Irish workers made unemployed by the banking crash for which they had no responsibility, and which they were even made liable to pay for.

The good news this week is that Irish unemployment has declined to 6% from a high of over 15% in 2012 with part-time working also declining rapidly and wage rates starting to increase. So yes, there is always some good news to celebrate and there is a lot in my life right now.

PS Great song and performance by Andra Day

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Nov 2nd, 2017 at 04:22:56 PM EST
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