Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week March 18, 2012Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
The Sindo continues to innovate, with the words ourself used by Brendan O’Connor, and themself used by Niamh Horan in a piece about the jailing of the million-euro tax evader Paul Begley best described as sympathetic. Or maybe sickening. Maybe the sub-editor had the week off.
Speaking of convicted tax evader Paul Begley, James Fitzsimons characterises him thus
A decent man was sentenced to six years in jail to get the message through to tax cheats that you cannot buy your way out of trouble. His family was devastated when they heard the sentence.
I wonder what makes him decent – being a tax cheat, or being a businessman who is a tax cheat?
The Gallagher plot has widened from RTÉ and the provos (or to adopt the Sindo’s language, the hush puppies and the real thing), to RTÉ, the provos and the Labour Party (or to adopt the Sindo’s language, the pinko trot terrorist anti-capitalist tax-raising middle class oppressing, enterprise throttling conspiracy of ressentiment [that one’s just for Eoghan Harris and his quotes-from-big-name-spouting-so-I-can-sound-clever-when-talking-rubbish acolytes]). Jody Corcoran has been watching the debate repeatedly (the new editor is a harsh boss it seems)
In fact, the camera was on Gallagher for 18 minutes longer than it was on the candidate least in the spotlight, the other independent candidate, Mary Davis.
Yet Michael D Higgins, the only candidate with a realistic, although outside, prospect of stopping Gallagher’s momentum towards the Aras, was allowed to sail serenely through the 90 minutes, and to appear quite presidential in doing so.
One might of course argue that the absence of a direct question to Michael D. from the audience was biased against him and not for him, given that it excluded him from an important aspect of the debate. Wasn’t the leader of FF recently complaining that his party were not allowed to talk sufficiently by RTÉ. But why would you consider that when you have a lost president to lament?
Speaking of RTÉ, Emer O’Kelly uses her insight as a former employee to let us know how it really operates.
There are RTE commandments. Unionists shouldn’t have any rights. All American democrats are liberal saints (Leo Varadkar was right about that), particularly Bill Clinton. All American Republicans are devils, despite George
W Bush being publicly on the side of religion, and being against abortion, which the majority of people in Ireland also claim to be fiercely against. You should always appear to be secretly sneering at the British Royal Family. English Conservatives are all posh crooks underneath.
Sneering is not the word that springs to mind when considering coverage of the recent visit of the UK’s head of state.