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Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week March 6, 2016

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Garibaldy is unavoidably detained, but we’ve been able to find one or two statements that might fit the bill. Someone who is no stranger to self-praise – and offers yet more examples this weekend in a column that appears simultaneously to be both job application and impassioned complaint to HR by someone horribly ignored by the powers that be – writes about how FF and FG should not go into coalition together (and because apparently they are so different to one another) offers these fascinating reasons:

Nobody on the RTE count panel asked how it was in the national interest to leave Sinn Fein alone in opposition.
Or pointed out the historical value of two alternating centrist parties in staving off the politics of fascism and communism.

A more serious view of just how the ‘Punch and Judy’ act has worked out for us is to be found in the pages of the same publication in what is definitely not Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.

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1. Michael Carley - March 6, 2016

“Staving off … fascism” is it? Does he not know where FG came from?

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2. Michael Carley - March 6, 2016

And in what is now becoming a regular Sidebar of Shameless, the Nick Cohen Clueless Corbyn Attack of the Week:

Usually, leaders are more moderate than their followers. They worry about attracting swing voters and holding on to the centre ground, and dissociate themselves from extremist supporters. Now in both Corbyn’s Labour and Trump’s Republican party, followers have to dissociate themselves from leaders so extreme that even their enemies can’t quite believe that they are in charge.

Imagine a paranoid American leftist – perhaps you don’t have to imagine him, perhaps you are him. For years, he has been saying that American conservatism is nothing more than a racket run by rich men, who win power by exploiting popular fears of Mexicans, Muslims, “the Other”. Then Trump starts winning and even he cannot believe how right he has turned out to be. Or imagine that you are a Louise Mensch type: an equally overexcited English rightwinger, who for years has also been ignored as you cried that Labour hated Britain and loved Britain’s enemies. Corbyn has proved you right, again to your astonishment and the astonishment of all who once dismissed you.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/mar/05/sadiq-khan-victim-new-politics-zac-goldsmith-london-mayoral-election

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3. John Cunningham - March 6, 2016

Last week, the Cistercian College Roscrea met Clongowes Wood in the semi-final of the Leinster Schools Senior Rugby Cup.
Although Roscrea is smaller, both are boarding schools. So I do not believe that there are many in Roscrea from deprived homes.
Conversely, I do not believe that every Clongowes boy is born with a large silver spoon in his mouth.
But that said, only a sophist could pretend both schools are the same.
Certainly their supporters showed an awareness of both class differences and the urban-rural divide.
Clongowes supporters regularly chanted “Tractor boys” at the Roscrea supporters, who returned it with chants of “Daddy, buy me a car”.
Roscrea roughly corresponds to Fianna Fail, and Clongowes to Fine Gael.”

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John Cunningham - March 6, 2016

I accidentally deleted a bit when posting the above:

I see that Harris is playing a variation on the sub-Myersian riff about FF-FG differences presented by Jody Corcoran in last week’s Sundo. It seems they send their kids to different boarding schools:

‘Last week, the Cistercian College Roscrea met Clongowes Wood in the semi-final of the Leinster Schools Senior Rugby Cup.
Although Roscrea is smaller, both are boarding schools. So I do not believe that there are many in Roscrea from deprived homes… Certainly their supporters showed an awareness of both class differences and the urban-rural divide.
Clongowes supporters regularly chanted “Tractor boys” at the Roscrea supporters, who returned it with chants of “Daddy, buy me a car”.
Roscrea roughly corresponds to Fianna Fail, and Clongowes to Fine Gael.

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Pasionario - March 6, 2016

Brian Cowen went to Roscrea but then so did Dick Spring — maybe, in Harris-land, that portends a future FF/Lab coalition:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cistercian_College,_Roscrea

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WorldbyStorm - March 6, 2016

Isn’t it such an insight into his thought-processes that even this example shows how detached he is (though also pointing up the class divides and seemingly not too pushed about it).

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4. fergal - March 6, 2016

Irish newspapers don’t do satire consciously or maybe they do. Swift, the greatest satire of them all probably sum up best the differnce between ff and fg in Gulliver’s Travels -The conflict, he says, started over a religious question: At which end should the faithful break their eggs: at the big end or at the little end? The Blefuscudians break theirs, in the original style, at the big end. But, by royal edict, the Lilliputians must break their eggs at the little end-
They’re all a crowd of yahhos anyway, aren’t they?

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5. fergal - March 6, 2016

Yahoos even!

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6. Starkadder - March 6, 2016

The Irish Examiner last week summed up the fears of the right wing, warning we must not “surrender this country to socialist extremists whose policies would set us back decades, wreck our economy and the social fabric it sustains”.
Seriously?
…The ‘social fabric’ has been shredded, as the banks push up the numbers driven from their homes and queues form for food parcels. Pregnant homeless women plead for shelter.

Amen Mr. Kerrigan.

Also, if the Examiner is supposed to be apolitical, why did they give
far-right activist Nora Bennis a regular column in the 1990s without
any corresponding left-wing columnists?

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