“The utility card is unforgivable. Its explicit purpose is to alienate those who need help from those who want to give it.

I resisted as long as I could, but the state crushed me. I am now the extremely sour owner of a utility card.

I will admit that I was not a virtuous refusenik whose hedgehogs were raised by valid data protection concerns. I just have a distaste for powers that try to tell me what’s good for me. (I still get bitter whenever I’m forced to look up and use my own Eircode.) I took the utility card controversy as an endorsement of my general irritation with them.