Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week April 13, 2014Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
I was dreading reading all the Sindo’s nonsense about the state visit, but thankfully Jody Corcoran’s lament for the absence of Bertie and reflection on the idea that all political careers end in failure means there didn’t seem any need to after all.
The paradox is that, while McGuinness still thrives in the shelter of the present, to an extent that he may yet disprove Enoch Powell, Bertie Ahern remains defeated in the shadow of his past, denied or delayed his right, or justice, to the present.
Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week April 6, 2014Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
There’s not a great deal of outrageous stupidity this week, or at least not a lot worth quoting. Although Shane Ross tries his best.
HAS Michael O’Leary gone native? He was certainly out of tune with the native mood last week.
Natives of Ireland were utterly dismayed at his tasteless joke about sex and the Queen on Monday. His crude gag, aimed at ingratiating himself with an expectant audience at the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly “went down like a lead balloon”, according to chairman, Fine Gael TD Joe McHugh.
This queen loving (if you’ll pardon the pun) really has entered the realms of utter fantasy, not utter dismay.
Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week March 30, 2014Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
More admirably, and perhaps more daringly, Leo has been an unashamed champion of the middle classes, and has even admitted to being middle class himself. That’s braver than you think in this country. Right now, it’s very easy to talk about the poor downtrodden and the marginals and all the poor unfortunates. But being middle-class is more unfashionable than ever, and speaking up for them is even more so.
But Leo Varadkar has consistently spoken up for the middle classes on issues of taxation, pointing out to John Drennan in this paper that the middle classes are ultimately the ones who pay the bills for social protection and all the other officially recognised good causes. He is also well aware that the middle classes are the engine of the domestic economy, with his great phrase, “Millionaires spend their money on yachts, the middle classes spend their money in shops”. He has cautioned against making property tax a tax on living in Dublin, though he did not stop it from becoming one. He has even made the verboten suggestion that the middle classes are the ones who were hardest hit by this recession. All of which suggests that Leo Varadkar is reasonably comfortable with who he is, and not ashamed of it, and not ashamed to say things that might not play well to RTE or the Irish Times.
And in a way, what Leo Varadkar did last Thursday week epitomised the kind of decency we would like to associate with middle Ireland.
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We’ve yanked Garibaldy away from the void for some well deserved rest and recuperation for one week, Nietzsche wasn’t wrong when he said, ‘If you look long enough into the void…’.
So, it’s over to you. Any contributions gratefully accepted…
Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week March 16, 2014Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
Eoghan Harris offers more nonsense about World War One this week in his account of a seminar in Slane on the poet Francis Ledwidge and WWI.
This pietas of the people of Slane, and the close attention they paid to the contributions was another welcome sign of the sea-change in Irish sentiment in favour of honouring Irish soldiers who fought in the First World War.
Let me count the ways judging (or to be accurate, misjudging) the slaughter of tens of millions in World War One on parochial Irish terms disgusts me, and shows up the narrow-minded world view posing as cosmopolitanism behind it. Actually I won’t. I’d be here until next week’s Sindo.
And to think, at least another four more years of this. Hopefully the Sindo edition for the cententary of the Somme will be behind a paywall by then.
Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week March 9, 2014Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
This week’s winner is the editorial, and its militarism.
Outside of the obvious contempt of Mr Putin for a militarily effete group of Western democracies whose leaders seek popularity rather than power, the Russian tactics have consisted of an eerily similar attempt to secure a territorial fait accompli via a mix of manufactured hysteria, nationalist chauvinism and diplomatic braggadocio.
Perhaps someone should point out which country is the world’s hyperpower spending as much on its military as the next 9 countries put together. Or perhaps someone from the Sindo should ask the civilian causulties of Iraq and Afghanistan about the militarily effete western democracies. Or perhaps whoever wrote this should just grow up.
Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week March 2, 2014Posted by WorldbyStorm in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
Garibaldy is unable to do the SISSoftW this week, so it’s over to you all… But I couldn’t help noticing this reference in an actually quite good piece by Liam Fay on post offices:
During the boom, when the ballsy guys and smart money were barrelling ever deeper into construction, post offices were objects of scorn in many quarters, derided as glorified safety-deposit boxes in which little old ladies kept their savings. After the crash, and the revelation that little old ladies know more about investment than the wizards of high finance, the post offices looked like beacons of good practice and prudent management. Their existence, therefore, posed a problem.
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Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week February 23, 2014Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
Some sympathy for the devil perhaps from Julia Molony, with this description of a certain former newspaper editor.
It was Rebekah Brooks’s Bridget Jones moment. Last week, as she answered criminal charges in court, Fleet Street’s toughest hack revealed a previously unseen side to herself: the bruised, hapless romantic.
Is it just me or is this getting to the point of being contrary for the sake of it?
This week’s winner, Ruth Dudley Edwards, offers us some thoughts on Northern Ireland pre-1969, and the nature of discrimination there.
Everyone was equal under the law. As in the south, where we had an imperfect record in dealing with non-Catholics, there was indeed some discrimination, but it was at local and individual level and it certainly didn’t remotely compare with what women had to put up with at the time. Even in England, to which I emigrated at 21, I was refused jobs because of my gender. I didn’t, however, reach for an AK47.
Apparently gerrymandering occurs on a local and individual level. I’m glad Irish democracy has such stout defenders.
Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week February 16, 2014Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
Emer O’Kelly, who is annoyed at Rory O’Neill, may in fact be writing for the wrong paper. Or she hasn’t really thought her column through. I wonder which is more likely.
I may loathe individual gays, or individual black people, because they’re unpleasant, ignorant, violent, right-wing, cruel, or criminal.
Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week February 2, 2014Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
A prominent story on the business pages of the website sees the head of the Republic’s biggest recruitment agency claim high taxes are keeping people from returning from emigration. Sure.
The editorial is this week’s winner. In a section on recent research into mortgage arrears, which found that 75% of those in arrears are in work, it just can’t help itself. The last line:
It’s interesting the working paper also found that those working in the private sector are more likely to be in arrears than those in the public sector.
For fuck’s sake.