I agree with 80%+ of what you have to say on economics, but I have to say I find some of this sociological analysis pretty suspect, and I can’t help but feel that you (along with one or two of the other regulars on here) are somewhat over-romanticising the past.
Let me relate some of my own experience by way of context. During the early to mid 1990’s I worked in a small but relatively lucrative accountancy practice in Dublin city centre. It was my introduction, such as it was, to Irish business life.
Practically every client, as I recall it, availed of the 1993 tax amnesty. I.e., they had been previously been defrauding the revenue, and took the opportunity to ‘come clean’. In fact, it was subsequently ascertained that one of the larger clients had been systematically defrauding the revenue for decades, and they didn’t even bother coming clean in '93. Well, the past eventually caught up with them and they were subsequently stung for millions of euro, and deservedly so, as part of the Revenue’s recent offshore assets investigations.
It was a given, during that period, that accountants would produce different sets of accounts for different purposes. One for the client (representing the true picture). One for the revenue (representing the profit the client wished to declare, for tax purposes). And in some cases, a third version for the bank, representing a somewhat more, shall we say, ‘optimistic’ version of the first.
The idea that ‘spivvery’, for want of a better word, is something new or recent in Ireland is really a theory I don’t buy. True, we have had the emergence of a particular kind of spiv in recent years, the property spiv. RobboPaddy, as he is called on here.
But other forms of spivvery have been with us for a long time. Tax evasion, for one thing, was if anything far MORE common in, for example, the '70s and the '80s. We now know - though we didn’t at the time - that the Ansbacher deposits were a massive tax fraud perpetrated by the wealthy (the so-called great and good) on the taxpayer (and therefore, on the people of Ireland). We now know (though we didn’t at the time) what Ray Burke was up to back in the '70’s and '80s.
And as for dodgy solicitors, well they’re nothing new either! I have a very clear, very distinct recollection sometime in the late 80’s, of seeing a brand new Porsche cruising through Foxrock village (even in that part of Dublin, flashy cars like that weren’t very common at that time) And I subsequently ascertained the driver was one Elio Malocco.
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These are just a few of the more obvious examples that spring to mind. There are plenty of others.
This is all based on my experiences in Dublin. If your experience in Derry was different, fair enough.