"Many working-class communities cherish a deep hostility towards any upward mobility, which is enforced by a variety of societal pressures so as to make the bright conform with failure. This perverse culture even had a laureate, Roddy Doyle, whose novels celebrated such weird and negative norms. What in other countries would be regarded as antisocial lunacies, in Doyle's fictional Barrytown were fetishised into a vainglorious victimhood."
August 18, 2013
When its cool to be dumb, Ctd
Irish Independent columnist Kevin Myers wrote in the August 18 2013 edition of the Sunday Times: