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Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week March 25, 2012

Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.

If you want to read the true story of Bertie and the Mahon Tribunal, the Sindo has boldly stepped forward against the RTÉ witchhunt, and provided the man himself with the space to argue black is white. Several other columnists see fit to engage in defending Bertie. Shameless. Although in fairness to John Drennan, he calls for Fianna Fáil to disband.

The Mahon Tribunal appears to have convinced Colm McCarthy that the blame for corruption lies in having a planning system (or regulating the market to put it another way). Surprising that isn’t it?

Restrictive planning rules, which make planning permission scarce, are an ingredient in the corrupting of politics all over the world. In the United States, corrupt zoning boards are a recurring phenomenon and the problem has arisen in otherwise uncorrupted political systems, including the United Kingdom.

I particularly enjoyed reading that on the day one of the Tory Party’s co-treasurer is forced to resign for selling access to the PM and Chancellor, and in light of the very large amount of corruption revealed in the expenses affair, never mind all the other examples such as cash for questions, ministers being forced to resign over their financial affairs etc etc.

I think that says it all.


1. critical media review - March 25, 2012

Have re-posted this hope you don’t mind.


Garibaldy - March 25, 2012

No problem at all.


2. ivorthorne - March 25, 2012

Kerrigan provides some relief from fantasy as usual.


3. EWI - March 25, 2012

FF-connected billionaire tax exile (and one subject of the Glackin Report of years ago) Dermot Desmond jetted in recently to tell us how he decries “looking back” and “the “culture of envy”, and thinks the Gov should be listening more to people just like him:



4. EWI - March 25, 2012

This piece on Denis O’Brien is fun, for all sorts of reasons, not the least of which being brass-neck – isn’t the Sindo already owned by a billionaire oligarch tax exile with a fondness for buying his own press?



Jim Monaghan - March 26, 2012

Can’t we all go and declare Monaco or somewhere else our place of rsidence and cease paying our taxes.
Oh, I suppose taxes are for the little people


5. Ivorthorne - March 26, 2012

A wonderful thread over on politics.ie

BOC is on form. The poster highlights his about turn on Bertie:

2008: We have seen the greatest minds of our generation destroyed by madness and we have seen the greatest politician of our generation and his government rendered impotent by that madness at the very time we need them most. Mark my words, we are only beginning to count the cost of this madness.

2012: DON’T like Bertie Ahern. Never did. Never got it. Tried to respect that other people did, even though I found that hard. I had one personal experience with him and I thought it and its fallout revealed him and his people to be a fairly tough crew


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