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Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week September 4, 2016

Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
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Good to see the Sindo allowing poor oppressed Tim Cook to give voice to his outrage on behalf of the people of Ireland.

You have to admire the audacity of this by Dan O’Brien when writing about Apple.

This column will focus on just two issues: the economic consequences for Ireland; and whether last week’s decision is part of a trend in which EU institutions are becoming less even-handed in their treatment of small countries compared with more powerful countries. The conclusion, in a nutshell, is that there is more to worry about in relation to the second issue than the first.

Yep, enforcing actual taxation on conglomerates is the same as shifting scores of billions of losses onto the plain people of Ireland. If you hate Irish Water, support Apple.

It being 2016, I suppose it was inevitable we would have to see one of the most annoying phrases in the Irish political lexicon applied to this situation too, by Eoin O’Malley

At one stage in its history, Fianna Fail would have jumped at the chance to challenge the government to ‘take the money’, an option some seem to think is open to us. It’s a sign of Fianna Fail’s political maturity that it issued a measured statement to seek clarity on the legality of the Commission decision.

There you go. Not seeking taxes is a sign of political maturity, as is whitewashing imperialist war. Sindo Bingo Full House

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1. Jemmyhope - September 4, 2016

Gene Kerrigan nailed it last week before the €13B announcement.

“You already know that much of Irish politics involves throwing shapes. That is, making broad but empty gestures you hope will create a favourable image of yourself.
The FG government, supported by FF, by Shane Ross and Finian McGrath and all the rest of our great patriots, will insist that we spend a small fortune on lawyers – to ensure that we lose a big fortune in taxes that should have been paid under the 12.5pc rate.”
New Politics me a**e.

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2. EWI - September 4, 2016

O’Malley pretty much admits in his column that it’s a giant scam (sorry, “more obscure tax arrangements that incentivise brass-plating, inversions etc.”).

Really, the rush to man the barricades by our betters, the very same who shrugged at a hundred billion in middle class bank debt being landed on the country (that was then foisted onto PAYE workers) has been something to behold. Even Paschal Donoghue sounded like a frothing little englander in his pronouncements during the week.

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3. ivorthorne - September 4, 2016

So I haven’t followed either of these issues as closely as I’d like but –

Is there any justification for the different reactions of the journos and right wing politicians to the Apple and Water Charges ruling. In one case, it’s reported as being something set in stone. In the other, the big boys are out to get us because they’re jealous and making us take that revenue from Apple is an attack on our sovereignty.

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WorldbyStorm - September 4, 2016
Tawdy - September 4, 2016

Exactly so.

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4. WorldbyStorm - September 4, 2016

One of the most amazing aspects of the €13bn is that they don’t even bother to say something that would present a compromise of sorts – i.e…. we’ll be looking for €5bn or whatever but we’ll write off the rest. Nope, it’s straight to defend Apple. What a shower. Kerrigan’s last line in this week’s column is spot on.

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5. CMK - September 4, 2016

Eoin O’Malley: a living, breathing Sindo column.

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6. James Gate - September 4, 2016

This summary of the Apple tax extravaganza is a must read.

http://www.thepropertypin.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=66347

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