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Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week September 14, 2014

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Today’s love letter from Shane Ross to Leo Varadkar is utterly stupid.

Today you are to the cabinet what Jose Mourinho is to the soccer premiership, an uncontrollable genius, a maverick with a following. You are Fine Gael’s Special One.

But not as stupid as Niamh Horan’s love letter to developers, before whose genius and business acumen we must prostrate ourselves.

It takes a certain kind of man to become a successful property developer. The mavericks, the independent thinkers, driven by obsession and a hint of madness, the ones who aren’t afraid to take risks. To dream big and stop at nothing until their vision is realised.

It was them who got the economy going over the last two decades, and them we need to rely on again.

It must be true because, entirely coincidentally, John Waters is saying the same thing.

Most people have gotten over their anger sufficiently to accept that, whatever the immorality of the treatment of small, private debtors, this society needs developers in a way that is different than the way it needs mortgage holders. Most sane people can see that the two categories need to be treated differently.

Most people have reached the point where they understand that there is no point in burying someone like Harry Crosbie. But do those who represent us in these matters understand that this is increasingly the pubic view? Is our jealousy really that potent?

He also condemns the moralism inherent in the punishment of developers. Moralism is fine for the bedroom but not for the boardroom it seems. Because two men or two women getting married would be much more damaging to society than the consequences of the unchecked power of developers and their cheerleaders. Yep.

And I never even read the stuff on Big Ian. Nor the stuff on Scottish independence. If it’s a Yes vote, I expect unprecedented heights of stupidity next week.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week August 31, 2014

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Don’t have time to go through everything in the Sindo today, but I’ll be surprised if someone has topped Ruth Dudley Edwards, which starts as follows

Next month, a memorial to Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan President and despot who died last year

Good to see her grasp of democracy is as strong as ever.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week August 24, 2014

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Thankfully, I don’t have time to do this properly this week, but there’s probably no need to look beyond this from a highly predictable source anyway, which is remarkably stupid for so many different reasons.

But there the comparison ends. Southern Protestant numbers have stabilised. The community will not cease to exist except by its own choice. But for the past 25 years, European Jews have faced a third threat from Muslim immigrants whose anti-Israeli anger has aroused dormant anti- Jewish prejudices across Europe.

As a result, the one million descendants of the Jews who somehow survived Hitler’s plan to make Europe “Judenfrei”, free of Jews, no longer feel welcome or safe. The largest number, nearly 80pc, live in France Their numbers are dropping fast, from 535,000 in 1980 to some 500,000 in just two decades, and that decrease is being accelerated by events like the Toulouse murder of a Rabbi and his three children.

Many observers believe Europe may be effectively empty of Jews by the end of this century. French Jews are already emigrating in significant numbers, prodded by Muslim hostility and the feeling of exclusion prompted by the current campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) which is now gaining strength in Ireland.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week August 17, 2014

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First off, an unexpected line in the Sindo editorial that will probably have some of its columnists and target audience fuming (John Bruton, though someone there still loves him.

The people, far from being credulous, are in arms against the reality of austerity and those fatted political calves who, like John Redmond a century ago, would sacrifice the flower of today’s youth to this fiscal witchcraft.

Eddie Hobbs has quite an article, foaming at the mouth about talks between government and the union leaders. Among the gems is to blame the unions for the difficulties encountered by non-union members, including business owners. Baffling.

The choreographed and nauseating public courtship of the sitting Labour Minister and the unions has begun, and among the cowardly, feckless and conservative political class no one has stepped forward to call this what it is – an open threat to pillage scarce resources just as soon as the siege has lifted, by those best fed during it.

Marc Coleman, unsurprisingly, runs similar arguments, and you can see him pining for a hard-right new force that the public just does not want.

Politicians fear the public sector because it is more 
organised. But numerically the private sector accounts for four fifths of the workforce. The public sector is more represented in our current affairs narrative (the fact that current affairs is dominated by a publicly funded broadcaster may 
be a factor). And the majority private sector hasn’t barked yet. But unless public pay rises are fair and preceded by bringing new ideas and people, it could develop a nasty bite.

I wonder if he has many blue shirts.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week: DIY August 10, 2014

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Don’t have time for this today, so over to you. I did have time to read Jody Corcoran’s musings on the economy however, in which he asks have we learnt nothing before answering, it seems, his own question

To answer the question, then – have we learned nothing? After a lost decade and generation, the answer is as simple as this: doing nothing is no longer an option.

And not doing nothing apparently means building houses in rural Ireland. Sound familiar?

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week August 3, 2014

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We all know how much the Sindo likes to generate news for itself through the use of polling. And today’s most prominent poll is a cracker – who do you blame most for the Garth Brooks debacle? In a story aimed at stirring up even more anger at injustice, the paper gives voice to yet another property developer yapping about NAMA, and speaking of his plans to sue for the next decade.

The editorial reveals that the Sindo has found the reason that the “private-sector driven recovery” has not gone further.

It is unfortunate that when it comes to issues such as Irish Water, the unreformed grey steeples of our public sector continues to so consistently sap the confidence of the citizens. Sadly, there are many more reasons for the ongoing gathering public anger.

Irish Water, unreformed public sector and nothing to do with the private sector. This is a joke, right?

Eoghan Harris offers his thoughts on Gaza.

A few weeks ago Sinn Fein stampeded Dail Eireann into standing for a minute’s silence on Gaza. Last Thursday, the Seanad also followed the Sinn Fein agenda with diatribes against the democratic state of Israel. In matters of Middle Eastern policy, this is now a one-party state.

He follows this up by describing someone from Saudi Arabia as representing a moderate state. Not much concern with democracy there in a piece suggesting that opposition to the bombing of Gaza is a threat to democracy. The insistence there and elsewhere in the paper that opposing the bombing is also an endorsement of the vile politics of Hamas is pretty wearing, and dishonesty of the first order.

And just as a reminder where the Sindo’s heart lies, if it were needed, from Charlie Weston.

There has now been long overdue recognition of the disproportionate burden borne by Middle Ireland.

To conclude, just to point out some pretty sensible comments about WWI by Anthony Cronin. A blessed relief amidst a load of other nonsense.

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.


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