Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week October 28, 2012Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
Michael McDowell has discovered the reason that apparently it is impossible to have a serious debate on the EU within the government. It seems to be democracy.
With a Dail elected on the basis of multi-seat PR, the only hope of having a serious means of considering EU affairs in the heart of our democracy lies with reforming the Senate, not abolishing it.
WHEN SIX Italian scientists were jailed for failing to predict an earthquake in the town of L’Aquila — one that that killed over 300 people — some felt it was a little harsh. Others took inspiration from it: Why, they asked, not arrest economists who failed to predict Ireland’s economic crisis?
Having warned about the cliff the economy was headed for since July 2005, while stressing Ireland’s amazing long term potential, this economist is not afraid of such a trial. But others should be.
When I read the following, I thought Coleman had two columns this week.
The inner cabinet of the Government– which comprises the Taoiseach, the Tanaiste, the minister for finance and the minister for public reform — brings the intellectual firepower of three secondary-school teachers and a trade unionist to bear on Ireland’s crisis. All support the public-sector cartel.
The Government points to a reduction in public-sector numbers due to a recruitment freeze — as if those who take early retirement are abducted by aliens to a planet beyond the galaxy, and not into Ireland’s Ponzi pension scheme, which quadrupled its liabilities to €120bn over the past decade while losing most of its assets to the bank bailout.
It was the fact that in attacking the public sector bills, it could mention the bank bailout, and not contemplate the possibility that the state’s protection of speculators might just have something to do with the crisis the state faces. It turns out though, it was from the Wall Street Journal, and had been written by Eddie Hobbs. Clearly intellectual firepower of the highest order, and in no way stupid.