Tuesday, April 14, 2009

My Letter in The Irish Times - 13th April 2009

I recently wrote another letter to the Editor of The Irish Times about our recent emergency budget, and though I did not buy the paper yesterday it was published on the Letters page on Monday 13th April. I found it on-line today. The image shows the text of the letter that was published.

I sound a bit pontifical?

This is the third time I have had a letter published by The Irish Times, and as before it was edited from my original letter - this time quite heavily with a reference to Monty Python completely removed.

Here is my original:


It seems to me that media coverage of Budget 2009 is mostly about the impact on each of our own pockets, as we are all asked to pay a heavy price for our economic woes. Now more than ever we need to believe in the spirit of John F. Kennedy - "ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country", rather than in the Monty Python spirit of "what has the Government ever done for us?".

Yours etc,

Eugene F.M. O'Loughlin,
Co. Dublin.


  1. I agree Eugene...they took the best bit off! Beatrice

  2. Yes, it rather changes the tone of the letter when the MP quote is removed!