David McWilliams

David McWilliams

Articles from David McWilliams

Property frenzy dominates Irish horizon

Property frenzy dominates Irish horizon

Years ago, I forged a reference from Jurys in Ballsbridge. I was heading to London for the summer after doing my Leaving Cert and intended to get any job, as long as it wasn't on the sites.

One-off housing is simply a response to pester power

One-off housing is simply a response to pester power

“Mummy, mummy, mummy, I want a Kit Kat.” “No, darling, you can't have a Kit Kat, have an apple instead.”

Losing in winner-takes-all world

Losing in winner-takes-all world

The ambulance arrived in ten minutes. The old man, his lungs destroyed by pneumatic spasms, was taken gingerly from his sick bed by two humane, good-humoured ambulance men.

Middle classes are hung out to dry

Middle classes are hung out to dry

Forget working-class, middle-class, rural, urban, blue-collar or white-collar - the Irish workforce is now divided into two distinct tribes: the 'nailed' and the 'non-nailed'.

Caste the financial net

Caste the financial net

When Portuguese adventurers first arrived in India, drawn by the scent of spices and the lure of money, they set up their trading outpost in Goa.

Unspoken story behind Third World debt relief

Unspoken story behind Third World debt relief

The Asian tsunami has refocused minds on Third World debt. Bono, politicians and aid workers have called for the cancellation of all debt and, in particular, the debts of tsunami-ravaged Indonesia, Thailand and Sri Lanka.

Rich Ireland leads to a stampede for status

Rich Ireland leads to a stampede for status

What is your New Year resolution? Drink less? Exercise? Eat better food, more regularly and in smaller portions?

Golf and borrowing frenzy linked

Golf and borrowing frenzy linked

Do you play golf? If so, today is a great day to get out of the house for a quick round.

The great toll bridge rip-off

The great toll bridge rip-off

This article, like every other one in this newspaper and indeed almost every sentence in every book you read in English, will have been typed with a QWERTY keyboard, named after the first six letters on the top left-hand side of the keyboard.

Hold onto the sackcloth and ashes

Hold onto the sackcloth and ashes

The biblical expression “sackcloth and ashes" has been bandied about quite a bit these days.

Like ancient Rome, we're in a sea of borrowing

Like ancient Rome, we're in a sea of borrowing

Cleopatra was born in September 68 BC. The same year, Pompey (who was eventually to be murdered in Cleopatra's kingdom of Egypt) finally conquered all of Spain.