I see a LOT of hatred towards the Guards on P.ie and I don't completely get it.
It seems to be a mix between:
1. Public Service worker hatred
2. Authority hatred
3. Corrupt police hatred
But, tell me... are Irish cops the worst? Or even, that bad?
I mean, in some ways, they are pretty shocking - the fact that hundreds drive around with no license in Ireland for example, or that no one polices the roads. But in other ways, compared to other countries, they're certainly not hugely corrupt.
They're also not violent, relative to what you see in other countries.
And of course, while they may be, organisationally, incompetent, the Guards I know personally are basically passionate about their job. Which is what I'd expect, really.
And for every story of "lazy guards using their own laptops" you hear one of, "guards pay for their own petrol as their fuel cards are empty".
So, why all the hatred?
I'm not lobbying for them; I've had my fair share of run in with cops in multiple countries - I'm not naive, but at the same time... it seems the amount of hatred on P.ie is - in many cases - irrational.
So, enlighten me, please.