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Susan O’Keeffe: As consumerism creaks, we may have to get used to more queues and cancellations

The scenes at Dublin Airport last weekend may become more commonplace as the consequences of Brexit, the pandemic, climate change and war are brought to bear on everyday life

‘Systemic failure is rarely so public, so condensed in time and for such a random group of people.’ Picture: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Children are routinely taught that they can’t have everything they want. This lesson is commonly heard among tears and screams in supermarket aisles, where those children can, and do, reach many attractive items and then turn on the noisy pester-power button.

Somewhere after the age of 13 or so, this lesson recedes, as children reaching their teenage years look around them and realise their parents were lying: consumerism is alive and well, 24/7, and capable ...