This is the flag of my country:
It's a flag of which I'm very proud, and I get to see it flying over my workplace seven days a week.
What you may not be aware of is the fact that here I'm displaying it upside-down, in the manner indicating distress.
A clever design on the part of our Founding Fathers then, ensuring that we keep our nation's problems to ourselves and say nothing, lest the neighbours gossip.
"What's that, Mrs. O'Leary? Father Murphy did what to young Jimmy? I think he's been telling stories, hasn't he, sure and begorrah the priests would never do a thing like that now would they? Beat some sense into the lad - for his own good, of course - and send him to confession..."
"What's that, Mr. O'Brien? Corruption in government, you say? Sure and didn't you elect them? And you wouldn't vote for crooks, now would ye? Go 'way now, begob, and don't be causing trouble, or I'm sure the Revenue would love to give you an aul' audit..."
"The house I built is falling down around your ears, Mrs. O'Sullivan? Sue me..."
"Banks taking liberties with the economy, you say, Mr. Delaney? Keep your mouth shut and keep paying or we'll take your house."
I think the neighbours have all seen our dirty linen by now, haven't they?
We are a financially bankrupt nation, run by the morally and ethically bankrupt - and I fear things will only get worse.
Some hero, huh?