In today’s Observer, my good buds Lisa McInerney and Caitriona Lally are included among the five Irish writers asked to offer their personal reflections on Ireland today. Plenty of insightful observations, as you’d expect in the Observer, but you also get an insight into the views of the “nothing-to-see-here” brigade in the Comments section, whose well-padded and protected lives inside easily identifiable class fractions see them convinced that any negative comments are motivated by begrudgery, a lack of patriotism, bolshiness, or, worst of all, contrarian hedge-fund managers trying to make a killing from talking the economy down.