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Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week September 30, 2012

Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
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Utter banality is the order of the day, but a few things worth noting. Among them is Shane Ross’s outrage at middle class people suffering bad economic times. I don’t need to tell you who wrote the following.

WHY am I not writing about the 100th anniversary of the Ulster Covenant? Because nothing turns off readers in the Republic like Northern Ireland. Likewise, Nordies care little about the doings of the Dail. Last week I felt the same.

That’s because I believe the main policy of the four major parties — and RTE — is to find “distractors” to divert public attention from the core problem of Irish politics: how to cut the huge public sector pay and pensions bill. That heavy health pay bill is the principal cause of the continuing crisis in the health service. And it resulted, however indirectly, in Roisin Shortall’s resignation.

A spectre is haunting the Sindo. The spectre of Ray McSharry

As to calls for the introduction of a wealth tax, I would say: What wealth?

I do not believe that there is substantial untapped wealth in this country which is untouched by taxation; some maybe, but not substantial when you take family homes into account or land assets for the farming industry.

Some things never change.

Or do they? Jody Corcoran is calling for the Labour Party to reclaim the red flag.

This from Declan Lynch about the closure of RTÉ’s London office made me want to puke.

So there is an ideological dimension to these cuts — arguably the promotion of the Irish language is now the core ideology of RTE, the one thing that is unchallenged and undiminished.

As I’m sure Eoghan Harris can tell us, this claim is stupid beyond all belief.

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1. EWI - September 30, 2012

So there is an ideological dimension to these cuts — arguably the promotion of the Irish language is now the core ideology of RTE, the one thing that is unchallenged and undiminished.

I must have missed the main evening news being as gaeilge.

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Starkadder - September 30, 2012

Lynch seems unaware of the existance of an Irish TV station
separate from RTE whose purpose is to promote
said language.

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CB - September 30, 2012

Lynch had a bizarre article a couple of weeks ago on the Irish language. I just don’t understand this bitter hatred some people have for any manifestation of Irish culture.

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crocodileshoes - September 30, 2012

Some of it’s generational. Many people like Lynch ( 50-something?) think of the Irish language as part of a package that dominated their upbringing – Catholic Church, corporal punishment, Irish). The things that haunted their youth have largely been exorcised since. Irish is the surviving holy cow.

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CMK - September 30, 2012

Very good and astute point. The Irish language has arguably been tainted by its co-option by the Trioka of the the GAA/FF/Catholic Church. Will having a very poor experience of the ‘official’ effort to convert the anglophone Irish into, somewhat reluctant, gealgoiri, I see my eldest, attending a gealscoil, speaking Irish freely and unself consciously. Irish may yet flourish, and the gealtacht may dwindle as it flourishes.

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2. Jim Monaghan - September 30, 2012

I find the closure of the London office bizarre. It is our closest neighbour for better or worse. hough I suppose the money saved can be used to pay for some special programmes by Gaybo or Charlie Bird, some consolation.

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3. D_D - September 30, 2012

“… the core problem of Irish politics: how to cut the huge public sector pay and pensions bill.”

I nominate this for the Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Year.

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4. Tomboktu - September 30, 2012

Ray McSharry obviously doesn’t read the paper he wrote for.

In 2010, they reported

The number of big earners with more than $1m (€814,640) to spend increased by almost 2,000 to 18,100 by the end of the year.

And the HEAP chart, using earlier data from 2007, had a nice indicator of scale. The paper chart (PDF here) is 1 meter high. The highest income band shown on it is €132,000–€134,000 (2,800 househiolds headed by a single male, and 2.800 households consisting of couples plus children). Then, in the top left-hand corner we get the following note:

Continuing at this scale, to include the income of €118 million, the average of the top three wealthiest households in Ireland in 2007, the chart would be 750m high or 12.5 times taller than Liberty Hall.

Yeah, it is before the crash, and will be lower now. But it is hardly accounted for by family homes or farms.

And yeas, I am mixing and matching income and wealth data, but when your income is that huge, it really doesn’t matter that it’s not actually wealth.

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5. Tomboktu - October 1, 2012

And the latest CSO figures, for 2010 in the SILC study, reported (page 11 of the report; PDF here)

[A]n examination of equivalised disposable income by decile between 2009 and 2010 was carried out. Results showed an uneven distribution of the percentage change in equivalised disposable income across the deciles. Those in the lowest income decile experienced a decrease in equivalised disposable income of more than 26% while those in the highest income decile experienced an increase in income of more than 8%.

The table on pages 14 and 15 of that report show that the disposable income for 2010 was

  • for the poorest 10 percent of the population, an average of €171.24 per week
  • the whole state, an average of €830.46 per week
  • for the richest 10 percent of the population, an average of €2,369.53 per week
  • Yeah Ray, the wealthy have nothing we can tax.

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