Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week December 8, 2013Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
Brendan O’Connor has a seasonal twist on the “we all partied” line. It’s all part of a convoluted condemnation of the ESB workers.
So the people of the kingdom kept working, and they were happy, and they never had to throw a tantrum. But King Bertie knew that if he stopped giving the people who worked for the kingdom sweeties, they would stop working and have a tantrum, so he kept giving them more sweeties. And the people got used to having as many sweeties as they wanted. They even decided that sweeties grew on trees, and that they would always have more than they could ever eat. And so they all started swapping their sweeties for gold, and even the poor people started collecting more and more gold and giving more and more sweeties for it, until, one day, the people found they had no more sweeties and they had too much gold and no one wanted to buy the gold anymore. But still, even though this put a dark shadow over the land, there was peace in the land and no one had a tantrum.
Perhaps the most glib response to the death of Nelson Mandela is Niamh Horan’s column. The opening line makes says it all.
How many men could relegate Bono and Bill Clinton to standing like wallflowers in a room full of beautiful women?
The stupidest reaction, however, comes from Eoghan Harris, who reduces everything once again to a familiar theme.
EVERY hero becomes a bore at last says Brecht. Nelson Mandela has escaped that fate so far. But the saturation coverage of his heroic life is helping Sinn Fein, and indeed Irish society, to hide from all the awkward questions raised by the Smithwick Report.