The Taoiseach retweeted an international report on Sunday. And yes, of course the content was positive; otherwise he would not have pushed it to his 173,000 followers. That is hardly the fault of the UNDP (United Nations Development Program), an organization that does what we have always demanded. Rather than using statistics on smooth GDP growth as the sole measure of a country's welfare, the use of human development markers such as availability of health, education, decent income, people's freedoms and opportunities.
Prepare now to be surprised. Ireland came fourth in 189 countries and territories. Ireland has even risen 13 places in five years. So reason for a quiet moment of it. . . hope maybe?
"Propaganda", anonymous Christybones sniffed, first about the draw. "Yes, man, the development program of the UN is trying to keep Fine Gael in power, it's all a conspiracy," Ross Frenett replied, a real person.
So that has it arranged? No. Unable to leave alone, the Taoiseach had covered the UNDP tweet with its own happy message: "We have enormous challenges and many problems to solve, but we must not forget that Ireland is a great country to life and that we are very much on the right track to make it even better. "He scored more than 200 answers but it was not beautiful. For example, to set a match for tinder.
A small selection: "Lies". "Fake news". "Define great country … it must be the only country in the world where you can work better, rent allowance, medical card … or go to work, pay rent, pay medical bills, try to save for a mortgage ( not that there is one to buy). "
"Have you ever tried to really benefit from the assistance? The rent allowance is a joke …"
"Every day 10,000 people are homeless and rise."
"As long as you do not hope for help with learning disabilities."
"Try to get a heart attack in the southeast during the weekend."
"Ecologically, we are a disaster."
"Why is the Moriarty report still collecting dust?" "Jesus Christ … the land is rotten to the core!"
"188 children waiting for a scoliosis operation do not fully agree with it."
". . . a Canadian commented on how good the Irish education system is. When I brought him up to speed, he was not that impressed. & # 39;
"Oh yes, it's great if you're rich, if you do not have to pay taxes on your millions (billions) if you're Apple or other multinationals."
"You mean secretive processes that have been performed on cartilage thieves in glands of human organs."
"So you provide wage equality in the next budget?"
"Define country? Never mind Great, while there are still six missing."
". . . He sneaks in the migrants in the right way. Who voted here? "
"I feel so tired and a little like crying," wrote a carer.
And so it went on.
Some may argue that it is part of the job description of the Taoiseach to speak the country. If he does not tweet the good news, who does?
Some may argue that it is part of the job description of the Taoiseach to speak the country. If he does not tweet the good news, who does? Others demand that he only gets what he deserves if he chooses to hit social media.
Nevertheless, we are here in the UNDP indices, with only Norway, Switzerland and Australia ahead and Germany behind us at number five. Unfortunately, the total debt service figure is missing, just like housing; significant omissions in the case of Ireland. But it tells us that our research and development expenditures could give a boost; our gender inequalities are poor; with 12.5 percent in 2017 we had twice as many young people (15-24 year olds) as our peers who were not at school or work; our use of renewable energy is terrible.
On the other hand, our forested areas have grown by two-thirds since 1990, no one dies of unsafe water, sanitation or hygiene facilities and our mortality from domestic or air pollution is lower than in Denmark.
The strange thing is that we have reached the shocking number four position, despite the figures from the UNDP on the Irish Government's expenditure on health and education, measured as a percentage of GDP.
According to this calculation, expenditure for education between 2012 and 2017 seemed to be very low at 4.9 percent compared to 7.7 in Norway and Sweden, although this was the same as in Germany. Our health spending in 2015 was also significantly lower than that of our competitors.
Because Irish GDP measurements are unreliable, Paul Goldrick-Kelly of the Nevin Economic Research Institute has instead calculated per capita expenditure, he concluded in a December 2017 blog that Ireland lowers its peers in terms of social protection , defense, public order, the environment and recreation / culture – but that it spreads them about general health, education and economic matters – also about housing / community, which he resigns to a whim in connection with expenditure on water supply. Or maybe the huge sums are spent on supporting a housing system without supply.
The UNDP has a good story to tell us about ourselves, even if that is not the whole story. The Taoiseach was right to tweet it – and to add his own half-full message.
What this report is trying to do is give the perspective of the loan. For decades, progress has been made all over the world. And yet a child born in Ireland can expect to reach 82 today. In Sierra Leone the child can turn 52. An Australian child can expect 22.9 years of education compared to 4.9 years for a child in South Sudan. This is a perspective.