Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week October 7, 2012Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
As per usual, the cuts are all the trade unions’ fault if you believe Eilis O’Hanlon.
That it was a bad call by the Government to target the old and sick instead does not absolve unions for culpability in this scandal.
The most vulnerable are to be deprived of essential services solely in order that a few pampered Lords and Ladies Fauntleroy who already enjoy guaranteed jobs and pensions can carry on being in receipt of such frivolities as an underwear allowance for female soldiers, or allowances for changing photocopier toner and franking the post.
Next week, how the trade unions and their aristocratic members are responsible for the bank bailout.
Marc Coleman is pursuing his vendetta against academia (which won him the inaugural Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Year for this gem: “Academia must also change. The obsession with producing only PhDs is the main reason the crisis happened”) today.
The taxpayers subsidising this person will never benefit from or understand the contents of the paper, but is forced against his/her will to fund it.
So apparently the taxpayer opposes the funding of universities. In a country where much is made of the education system, and higher education has undergone huge expansion in recent decades, we might ask where is the evidence for the suggestion that the taxpayer is forced to fund universities against his or her will. Of course, there isn’t any. We might then conclude that, Devalera-like, Coleman need only look into his own heart to see what the rest of us are thinking. Or that he’s talking complete nonsense.
Speaking of academia, the late Eric Hobsbawm did a fairly good job convincing a hell of a lot of people worldwide that he didn’t like nationalism very much. However, if you want to discover how his remarks on Daniel O’Connell prove that in fact he was really an Irish nationalist of the Daniel Corkery type, then read here.