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Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week July 20, 2014

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The Magaluf scare story continues, and intensifies. Suffice to say it knows its audience. In the same paper, however, Eilis O’Hanlon says this about the accusations of a cover-up of paedophilia in the British establishment.

Moral panics don’t just destroy reputations. They destroy lives and families too.

She might want to tell her editor that.

But wait, who might it be on said this on Magaluf in the very same edition of the paper about reporting on Magaluf?

Either way, the scenes described by Irish Times reporter Sorcha Pollock on Today FM’s Ray D’Arcy Show the same day would surely have made many parents’ hair stand on end.

There is, she said, “something really disturbing and upsetting” about seeing young girls falling around the street at 3am in a state of undress. “These young people need to remember that safety is an issue, that there is a line they should not cross and they just have to be careful about that.”

Amid much noisy hype elsewhere, her words were refreshingly pragmatic.

Away from that, the group business editor Thomas Molloy wins hands down for his lobbying for water charges.

So what would an honest debate look like? It would probably begin with politicians on all sides of the spectrum admitting that valuable resources should in fact be rationed (step forward People Before Profit). Perhaps the most basic principle of economics – one that is hardly contested anywhere – is that anything scarce and in demand commands a price.

Of course, rationing is not the same as charging. Far from it in fact. So all in all, it’s been the Sindo of cognitive dissonance, even more so than normal.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week: A Giant Arises July 13, 2014

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Given the quality of the world cup, I’m not going to ruin my preparations for the final by trawling the lower reaches of the Sindo. So anyone who wants to add anything from the paper, please do so. However, I did notice that today marks a landmark moment in the paper’s history: the first column by John Waters. In it he addresses the soul and sensibility of the Ireland he will write about every Sunday. And then says this about it.

Immigration has driven this sensibility underground somewhat, the mixture of contemporary company almost invariably demanding more literal forms of exchange, a cultural Esperanto that leaves us lonelier and colder.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Sindo, the voice of multi-cultural Ireland at ease with its past and its present.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week July 6, 2014

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Summertime, and the living is easy at Sindo towers, with a classic moral panic story. And one that features some very non-Sindo, DeValeraesque irredentism no less. The video of the teenager apparently from Northern Ireland in Magaluf has been the cause of much comment in the British press, and allows Niamh Horan to do her thing. Except, of course, that this time the girl in question is deemed Irish and not British.

Enough. Enough from the feminists ranting about how the woman is always singled out for blame.

Clearly, it is feminism that is at fault here. Or to put that another way, FFS.

Worse still, Anne Harris interviews Joan Burton, about whom she says this.

Add this to the fact that she turned the snubbing of her Finance Department ambitions and her relegation into Social Protection into a major political advantage, and you have one of the few members of Cabinet who has never lost touch with the people.

This bit is right though

Gone are any old Labour shibboleths.

Finally, on a lighter note (but not one unrelated to the direction of the British and Irish Labour Parties one might think), Shane Ross on his trip to Wimbledon, on which he met a certain G. Adams, who was picked up by car to meet David Cameron.

History moves fast. A few years ago the old republican would have had other plans for Downing Street. In today’s world, the supposedly privileged Prod takes two Tubes (changing in down-market Earl’s Court) while the Irish nationalist is chauffeur-driven to the home of the British Prime Minister.

Here’s what one estate agent has to say about the average property prices in Earl’s Court.

Average property value today


Average flat price:£916,597Average house price:£2,331,667

Downmarket indeed.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week June 29, 2014

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The fall of one A. O’Reilly naturally draws comment from the Sindo’s columnists. Brendan O’Connor is clearly an admirer of the man.

In case it’s not obvious, I should declare my interest here. I worked for Sir Anthony for many years. In many ways, he took me off the streets. Having messed around for a few years, I found myself doing a post grad in journalism and Anne Harris started giving me work based on an unsolicited article.

Despite the fact that I came out of nowhere with neither business, sporting nor family connections, Sir Anthony and Gavin O’Reilly were always encouraging and supportive of my career here. For an organisation that was characterised as riddled with nepotism, I always found they took you as they found you and you thrived based on hard work and, dare I say it, merit.

Who dares wins and all that I suppose. Or not, given the subject under discussion. That column is worth a read, particularly for what he considers to be the bottom rung of any business.

Speaking of heroes of the private sector, Eoghan Harris has this to say

This cowardly Dail consensus deprives the majority private sector of political representation.

Enough said.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week June 22, 2014

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The Sindo this week was nearly as boring as the Belgium-Russia match, and lacked its exciting finish (surprised so little world cup chat here btw, it’s been absolutely brilliant. And not just due to the hilarity of England being humbled and the Spanish being humiliated). So not great pickings. However, Brendan O’Connor’s analysis of Alex White’s Labour leadership campaign does veer from hyperbole into stupidity.

Indeed, you could even argue that it is Alex’s fault that Labour needs to find a new leader in the first place, given that the medical card debacle was one of the main reasons the Labour party, and indeed the Government, did so badly in the elections. To paraphrase Homer Simpson’s maxim about alcohol, it seems that Alex White is the cause of, and the solution to, all of Labour’s problems.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week June 15, 2014

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Eilis O’Hanlon has a piece on the importance of remembering the facts of history, and not allowing them to be replaced by fairytales. She then offers this.

Who better than the sort of nice, middle class, university educated people who go on demos to protest when the guards are overheard making a joke about rape, but make excuses for brutal Latin American regimes whose police actually do commit mass rape, as long as the dictators proclaim themselves to be socialists?

Yes, all those torturing, brutal socialist regimes in Latin America over the last few decades. The ones in Chile and Argentina for example.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week June 1, 2014

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I thoroughly enjoyed Eoghan Harris today, and recommend reading it for a laugh. He is proclaiming his clairvoyance will settling old scores from 1990 or so.

However, it’s this sort of top-quality political analysis from Declan Lynch that makes the Sindo what it is.

We may take it that such men in an Irish setting might have mixed feelings about the rise of Sinn Fein, feelings of deep unease mixed with even deeper unease. They might see that Paddy is in danger of losing himself again, in the fog of nationalism, as he has so often lost himself in the fog of drink.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week: Meta Edition May 25, 2014

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As in, it’s all very meta. From a haigographic profile of a certain rugby-playing, baked-bean selling businessman by Charles Lysaght.

His greatest Irish dream was the Independent Media group where, for some years, he adopted a hands-on managerial role. As with Waterford, he was somewhat in love with the product in that he loves good writing and is no mean practitioner of the art himself.

I see some people have already picked out stupidity on the elections. Please add more below. I’m laughing too hard to read any more after that profile.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week May 18, 2014

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Jody Corcoran discusses the powers of SuperEnda. If it weren’t for past form, I’d have thought this article a joke.

For those who cannot help but admire the beauty of pure politics at work, you have to admit that Enda Kenny is one of the great practitioners, greater even than Charlie Haughey in the absolute form of the art, but maybe not yet as good as Bertie in his heyday.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week May 4, 2014

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Just the one statement this week, as it sums up how little the Sindo and its ilk has learned. Richard Curran informs us of the following.

People are really starting to miss the point when it comes to analysing the collapse of Anglo Irish Bank and the criminal events that took place there in the summer of 2008.

He then goes on to state that the real victims were those who bought shares in Anglo after a deal involving the Quinn family. One wonders about some people.


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