An Irishman Tells It Like It Is

Submitted by: Helgarin 6 years ago in

Someone buy this man a drink!
There are 59 comments:
Male 809
2 years old! way to stay current there IAB. Elderly post.
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Male 255
@Angilion: A single man on £6 per hour full time with avge rent £3600/yr, council tax £1000/yr is entitled to £734/yr tax credit making his annual net income £5994/yr.
Same man working half the time is entitled to no tax credit, £2251 housing benefit and £584 council tax benefit making his annual income £3983/yr
Ok, these are avge figures but the full time workier is still better off
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Male 2,592
to hell with a drink i`d buy him a freakin fifth
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Male 1,231
Inspiring! Honest no bull poo Irish opinion!
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Male 3,431
I like him. I`d buy him a beer any day because he`s fu<king right.
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Male 12,365
[quote]If people with exactly the same circumstances are compared, the unemployed or part time worker should never earn more thn the worker. If this happens, I agree with you, it`s totally wrong.[/quote]

It`s not a matter of "if it happens". It`s *normal* at the lower end of the job market, anything under about £7.50/hour.

I`ve spoken with several coworkers who feel a little guilty about working less than half the number of hours of their coworkers on the same rate of pay and having far more income, including benefits they don`t need.

They take the money, of course, as most people would. I probably would myself if I could.

From the point of view of someone working full time without benefits, these people are indeed pretty well off. I wouldn`t mind a spare week`s pay a month that I can save or blow on fun.
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Male 255
@Angilion: Yes, I am including those because all the benefits except `unemployment` can apply to you if you are working depending upon your income. The difficulty with comparing different people is different circumstances. A single mother living alone will get more benefit than a single man because she has a child to support. If people with exactly the same circumstances are compared, the unemployed or part time worker should never earn more thn the worker. If this happens, I agree with you, it`s totally wrong. But going back to the original poster `pretty [email protected] well off`, I don`t think so.
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Male 12,365
[quote]@Morgoth: Yes, there are major problems with those who abuse the system but over here, it is almost impossible (I`m sure someone will give me an example) to earn more on benefits than working bacause of tax credits which are specifically designed to stop this happenning.[/quote]

Are you including housing benefit, council tax benefit, etc? It all adds up.

Many of my coworkers working part time on benefits take home more than people working full time without them.

It might be hard if you`re solely on benefits, but it`s easy if you`re a woman with a child under 18 and you work 16 hours a week. That will make you a fair bit better off than you would be working 40 hours a week. Especially if you`re seperated from the father and getting money from them too (it`s not counted as income for benefits purposes, so you get it both ways).
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Female 261
I like this guy!
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Male 2,388
A REAL IRISHMAN O.O. hey are as rare as leprechauns how did the reporter find one. /SARCASM
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Male 24
haha fu*k off!
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Male 1,834
f*ck off
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Male 2,220
@akiman - you`ve missed 17kids and disability allowance out of the equation. I know it happens, I read it in the Daily Whale.
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Male 2,220
the small farmer, the fisherman, the Norse, the teacher..
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Male 27
KPres -- "selling crack to the kids, gotta get paid. that`s just the way it is"

STOP BLAMING THE DRUG DEALERS PEOPLE, that`s just crazy
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Male 309
Of course, he has nothing at all to say about the people who are really at fault: Those who took out loans they could never afford, or tried to flip houses while making no effort whatsoever to investigate and understand the risks involved.

It`s just like those idiots who try and blame drug dealers for the problems of drug addicts.

We live in a f`d up world when weaklings, idiots and failures are glorified or pitied, and blame never falls on the person who made the final decision.
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Female 2,525
Now say "wankin` bankers" five times fast.
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Female 751
all I can think is: lol... well tell us what you REALLY think! haha :) good for him for speaking up!
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Female 857
Father Ted anyone?............DRINK!
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Male 255
@Morgoth: Yes, there are major problems with those who abuse the system but over here, it is almost impossible (I`m sure someone will give me an example) to earn more on benefits than working bacause of tax credits which are specifically designed to stop this happenning.
The basic unemployment benefit is about £4800/year for a couple and £3072 for a single person, now I`d like to here ruthless1990 tell me that that`s `f*cking well off`. Those on benefit are constantly lumbered with the `proof by example` fallacy that because there are one or two people who abuse the system highlighted in the media, then all people on benefit are seen as living lives of luxury.
"Any society, any nation, is judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members"
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Male 522
that`s BS davy, no one would insist on being irish rather than american.
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Male 7
ruthless1990... you may be wrong in saying that people with benefits are "well off". However paddy215 and aikiman, if Britain`s benefits are as tough as you say, I sure as hell wish America followed suit. People on benefits here get better medical insurance and sometimes better pay than a hard working man trying to better his life and get out of a hole. The attitude here seems to be: life is so easy and it`s all out of the tax payer’s expense. Sure everybody needs a helping hand to get back up, but benefits are abused in America and treated as a lifestyle. After all, why work harder for less money and worse health care right? Don`t complain about money you don`t earn, especially to those busting their ass to provide that money.
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Male 25,416
Wow, someone who tells the truth, wow!
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Male 2,402
@davymid

Actually no your not an arsehole for saying that conversation piece. It just about sums up Americans with their identity crisis.
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Male 255
@ruthless1990: "they`re pretty f*cking well off in Britain, between benefits and the middle class being so highly taxed the idea of actually working for money is ridiculous, especially with the new fees for uni."
So speaks the voice of someone who has obviously never had to bring up a family on benefit. I guess you got that opinion from daddy, or maybe your `uni` friends, it certainly isn`t from experience
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Male 736
ftw at the end
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Male 12,138
There`s no way of saying this without coming across as an arsehole, but let`s roll with it anyways. As an Irish Irishman from Ireland, who travels a lot to the US, you`d be amazed at the number of conversations I`ve had that go something like this:

"Woah dude, you`re from Ireland? That`s awesome, I`m Irish too!"

"No, you`re not."

"I so totally am, dude! My great great great great grandpappy O`Murphy moved to Boston in 1750!"

"So you`re American then."

"No dude, I`m Irish!"

"Have you ever even BEEN to Ireland?"

"No, but I ate a potato once and I own a green sweater!"

"Shut up."
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Female 6
Epic Irishman! Proud ta be one o` ya!! Tellin` it like it is!
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Male 2,402
I love this freaking guy. God Damn buy this man a pint on me! "Wankin Banker" we need to adopt that term over here.
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Male 1,678
That news reporter was a complete drating arse.

@ ruthless1990 You`re missing the key part of the term "WORKING class", you know, as in the people who WORK you idiotic twat. By the way, I was on the dole for a couple of months between finishing uni and findiing work and trust me, it is not easy to live on benefits, you get £100 a fortnight to feed and cloth yourself, and to pay bills like heating and electricty. If you consider that "pretty f*cking well off" then I pity you because you must have a pretty pooe life.
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Male 228
"you know that michael flatley is really from chicago?"

F**k Off!
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Male 1,505
That was awesome. This guy needs his own talk show.
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Male 10
Proud do be Irish! I`m gonna go have a shot of Jameson.
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Male 12,138
[quote]And he`s not drunk? I don`t believe it.[/quote]
Oi fancylad, I heard that! It`s clearly early morning in this interview. We don`t get drunk until 10:00, 10:30 at the earliest. Heck, there was one day back in 2003 that I wasn`t drunk till after lunchtime.
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Male 85
typical boomer whinging. boohoo, life`s so hard, boohoo, the poor people are so poor, boohoo
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Female 105
Ha! I know that guy! this was filmed in Halifax, Nova Scotia, there are a lot of Irish and Scottish people around here. Over the summer I worked as an office assistant in the TD building, he was always around!
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Female 3,001
@almightybob1

well the working class are doing alright now, they`re pretty f*cking well off in Britain, between benefits and the middle class being so highly taxed the idea of actually working for money is ridiculous, especially with the new fees for uni.

i mean really, there`s actually a point in Britain where between the amount of benefits you loose and the amount your then taxed, getting a promotion leaves you with less money. mental
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Male 4,290
[quote]is list is missing one of the causes in the USA, which are powerful unions with unsustainable pension plans that are killing us.[/quote]
You would like Maggie Thatcher. She used an economic recession as an excuse to cripple the unions and crush the working class too.
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Male 1,021
His list is missing one of the causes in the USA, which are powerful unions with unsustainable pension plans that are killing us.
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Female 1,515
Why did the reporter add that last bit in? So random...
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Male 13
He`s actually a Canadian, a newfy more specifically.. He was in a newfy/irish folk band from the 60s to the 80s.
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Male 179
Spider sol for the win!
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Female 7,867
Hah- sober, smart and a great way with words!
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Male 6,737
Guys a legend.

Bloody good points too.
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Male 7,611
the same thing thats happened here. we really are all the same.

but i love the ending "F*ck Off!"
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Male 1,451
They climbing in your pensions, they snatching your money up.
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Male 495
Not that he needs anymore...

*Bud-dum tsh*
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Male 1,625
Thanks to the irish guy for telling it like it is.
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Male 37,826
Throw them in jail, we only wish! The governments gave these bozos a liscence to steal our money, and we let them.
Clinton started this, and it`s only going to get worse...
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Male 2,586
seriously, why put that list bit in?! - that news reporter is a twat!
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Male 812
Irishmen can`t afford to be drunk no more.
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Male 20,194
And he`s not drunk? I don`t believe it.
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Male 1,054
Wow! It`s true! F-off IS universal!
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Male 567
The new Epic Beard Man!
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Male 130
An Irish hero.
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Male 226
The end was so funny, haha.
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Male 2,441
Lol what a guy!
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Female 36
That is one seriously awesome man.
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Male 506
Link: An Irishman Tells It Like It Is [Rate Link] - Someone buy this man a drink!
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