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Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week January 29, 2017

Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
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Lots of Sindo stuff on the possibility of a Kenny/Adams (or McDonald) governmental one-two after the next election, including this from an entirely predictable source.

Any hope that you’ll remember that keeping Ireland a democracy is your first concern, Taoiseach?

Brendan O’Connor with more stuff to say on Trump and his administration.

Some of us found ourselves thinking this week that Sean Spicer, the President’s spokesman, would perhaps make a better president than Trump. Spicer is the man with the unenviable task of coming out and explaining Trump’s behaviour. And you’d have to say that after a poor start, he did an amazing job last week. Of course there was the initial press conference on Saturday when Spicer had to read out those angry lies about the numbers at the inauguration. But if you kept watching Spicer for the week you’d have to say he redeemed himself. He trod a delicate line between trying to explain Trump in a reasonable fashion and then sometimes seeming to just throw his hands up. As when he kept repeating at one point in the week that the president has believed for a long time that there was voter fraud. Spicer offered no rationale for this and didn’t attempt to defend it. He just said it, through almost gritted teeth.

When Spicer tried to explain to the press how frustrating and demoralising it is when everything you do or say is greeted with a wall of negativity, and to point out how racially charged the false story of the Martin Luther King bust was, you found yourself agreeing with him.

The former senator’s column is worth reading in full. One wonders if he has thought through the implications of his own first sentence.

Aristotle said everything to excess is wrong – which also applies to attacking Donald Trump or selling the snake oil that is the Sinn Fein peace process.

Would like to see his reaction to switching the two things referred to around.

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1. Aengus Millen - January 29, 2017

Classic game of shoehorn criticism of Sinn Fein into otherwise unrelated topic.

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EWI - January 29, 2017

It’s not just the Irish media.

I was at a history seminar in Dublin yesterday, at which the keynote speaker (an elderly UCD academic) went off spectacularly at length – and using extraordinary language for a supposed professor of history – on PSF in questions afterwards. The older generation of the Irish historical profession are stuffed full of Blueshirt fellow-travellers of Conor Cruise O’Brien, who are only slowly dying off now.

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