Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week September 23, 2012Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
The Sindo has an exclusive investigationinto the finances of what it quotes one Fine Gael MP describing as “militant union bosses”. Lucky we have it to combat the militants who are also guilty of profiting from social partnership. Something doesn’t quite fit there, but never mind.
Eoghan Harris has a new political credo. A flavour of it from the start below. And apparently he is still a social democrat.
1. I believe that the coping class is close to collapse and that the next Budget could begin a breakdown of civil society.
Ruth Dudley Edwards on her particular understanding of international relations (but not on the states that actually prop up many of the leaders she is talking about).
Most Muslim countries are poor, corrupt and authoritarian, and they have political and religious leaders who spread viciously anti-Western, anti-Christian and anti-Jewish propaganda and blame the Great Satan for all their ills.
Jody Corcoran represents the pinnacle of this week’s repetition of the Croke Park mantra.
The Government’s capitulation last week, in the face of what was an unuttered public sector ‘fat cat’ threat to strike, is nothing short of a seismic moment — one which has wonderfully illuminated the state of politics.
What happens next will define for a generation the course of events, although they haven’t seen it yet. They have all missed the moment — which was last Tuesday — when the Coalition formally caved in on premium pay and allowances.
Game, set and almost match to the unions, then, the public sector oligarchs, the insiders who have lived high on the fat of the land while the country was brought to its knees and are gorging still.
Finally, an example of how the attempt to add a veneer of intellectual sophistication can undermine the basis of a Sindo argument (and this is far from the only example). Marc Coleman leans heavily on Edmund Burke this week to support his argument for getting rid of the Croke Park deal.
If we are looking for old wisdom in new times, then we couldn’t do better than Burke’s call to maintain the contract between old and young.
This would be the Edmund Burke who was in serious debt virtually his entire life, was widely suspected of selling his political principles for a government pension, and declared himself not naturally an economist.