I've noticed recently a series of threads extolling the virtues of Switzerland as a country and urging or at least wondering if we should emulate this alpine nation.
This is a welcome development! I'd like to see more! Permit me to add a few other areas that spring to mind where we come up short relative to the denizens of Helvetia.
Car stealing! We're way behind the Swiss on this. Car theft in Switzerland (a country with less than twice our population) is running at between 4 and 5 times Irish levels.
Car thefts statistics - countries compared - Crime data on NationMaster
Clearly, we have a lot of catching up to do there.
Loony far rightists: the Swiss People's Party has achieved major electoral success by focusing on immigration issues and festooning the country with wonderfully inventive posters showing black hands grabbing at Swiss passports and white sheep kicking black sheep. Here in Ireland, we don't even have a loony far-right party. How embarrassing! What's wrong with us??
Banking secrecy: well, what needs be said here!? Every dictator who has ever looted the treasury of a failed African state sooner or later calls up one Swiss bank or another. We're so missing out on this lucrative market.
Feel free to add more....