Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week July 21, 2013Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
Colm McCarthy has decided that the government most initiate policies to foster substantial job creation. Hard to disagree with that. What he is calling for, however, seems to suggest that he has learnt nothing from the crash, and is convinced that more of the same will get us out of the trouble it caused.
Here’s a plan which will cost the Exchequer nothing – boost construction employment, and make lots of young potential house-buyers happy. There is an emerging shortage in the Dublin area of three and four-bedroomed family homes and prices for second-hand versions are rising. There is also a plentiful supply of buildable land close enough to the city. There are still farms inside the M50!
There is no shortage of labour or of materials. There are even a few house-builders left standing willing to have a go! There is, however, a ludicrous shortage of planning permission in the Dublin area – one of the lowest-density cities in this part of the world. Of course, there are empty and unsold houses throughout the country but the demand is not there. The policy of letting the builders build only where they could get planning permission has been tried and the results are clear. Wherever demand emerges for housing, in Dublin or anywhere else, the Government should grant the permission. Jobs created for free!
A free for all in house building. That’ll work, and is clearly the basis for economically and environmentally sustainable development.
Michael McDowell deploys his knowledge of international politics in a piece on the rise of the dark power of Enda et al.
Alone in Europe the Irish Government can, and has now shown that it will, punish parliamentarians for voting with their conscience on a matter of profound moral belief by removing their speaking rights, their participation in committees and ending their membership of the parliamentary party.
Good job no-one has ever been punished for voting against a war or anything like that.
In a similar vein, Anne Harris strikes a blow against Enda and co and a blow for feminism in a piece on the importance of legislating on media ownership.
The media is to politicians what a nagging wife is to a Great Man.