Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week: CrowdSourced January 6, 2013Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Politics.
Garibaldy is unable to do the SISSoftW this week, so it’s over to you all… But just for a change, and before the floodgates open, I’ve scanned through and I thought it might be nice to bring a Sunday Independent Sensible Statement of the Week. So, kudos, as ever, to Gene Kerrigan who when discussing Pat Rabbitte’s thoughts on the media and negativity makes the following point:
Mr Rabbitte’s Government believes – with justification – that most of the media support this strategy. And he finds it hard to understand why the media don’t shower them with hugs and kisses.
Perhaps we can enlighten him.
The media bit is easily understood. The media shares with bankers, bondholders and politicians the hope that normality can be resumed, with all the old hierarchies and inequalities in place. This requires the cost of the crisis to be shifted to the usual mugs.
But the media has to maintain credibility with its customers – and to that end, it can hardly ignore the dreadful damage being done to the citizens. Neither can it ignore the fact that, for instance, Mr Kenny is on €200,000 a year, while the French prime minister is on €177,000 and the UK prime minister is on €172,000. Nor the fact that Pat Rabbitte is on €169,000, while a French minister is on about €119,000.
Mostly, though, the media batters nurses and teachers and other public sector monsters of its vivid imagination.
Beyond government delusions and media cynicism, there lies reality. As one authority summed it up, the Minister for Finance “reduced social welfare payments, punished the blind, disabled, widows, carers and the unemployed and he taxed the poorest at work”. And why?
“It was so that the taxpayer can take on liability for debts the country never incurred, and arose from private arrangements between private institutions. What a disaster and an obscenity.”
And notes that the author of the last quote above was, Michael Noonan, three months before he took the Finance portfolio. Them’s the breaks in this society.