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Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week February 26, 2017

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Garibaldy is unavailable and so shamelessly we default to the obvious… what worthy writing about the Fine Gael leadership contest manages to bring in the following?

Here, let me pause to lecture the Trots.

Irish democracy has been well-served by having two large parties alternating in government with the help of the Labour Party and Independents.

Sadly, there are still studenty anoraks, mostly Trots or racist right-wingers who pine for sharper ideological divisions in Irish politics, preferably a polarisation of left and right.

To which I reply: You mean like the sharp division in 1930s Germany ? Or the dangerous gulf opening up in French and Hungarian politics between right and left on immigration?

Or do you fancy an Irish version of the vicious civil war between Democrats and Republicans, which has corrupted civility in American politics?

Away with that childish passion for a left-right division that looks good on paper, but ends up with blood on the streets.

What worthy indeed? Other examples gratefully accepted.

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1. 6to5against - February 26, 2017

Apparently in Sweden unskilled restaurant work pays about €11 an hour. This is a bads thing, because…..

‘For unskilled immigrants, especially from countries like Afghanistan and Somalia with no properly functioning education system, this means the Swedish dream ends before it begins. A policy intended to lift everyone’s wages has ended up destroying entry-level jobs, and ensuring thousands of immigrants are shut out of the economy, denied the first rung on the ladder to work…’

So there are now ‘entry level’ jobs, to match entry level houses. In both cases meaning, i think, a job/house that you really don’t want but might be forced to accept.

If I understand this argument correctly, by paying a living wage to restaurant workers, those jobs have now been destroyed, and nobody can have them. I think the logic of the argument is that if they were underpaid, as God and Nature intended, then immigrants could have them. The worker currently in that job would obviously have disappeared in the meantime, due to market forces or something…..

I hate to link to it, but here is what Im talking about…
http://www.independent.ie/world-news/north-america/president-trump/they-wont-admit-it-in-sweden-but-does-trump-have-a-point-35482893.html

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fergal - February 26, 2017
2. Shambob - February 26, 2017

Not a statement per se, more the whole package: headline, pictures, the few snippets I allowed managed to read without puking. And Niamh Horan.
http://www.independent.ie/opinion/niamh-horan-sporting-signs-of-boom-around-the-corner-35482837.html

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RosencrantzisDead - February 26, 2017

Ha!

We could be very well looking at a crash around the corner. Our current property “boom” (with all the attendant homelessness and unsustainable rents) is being fueled by low ECB and US treasury rates and asset purchases. This programme will not continue for much longer.

This is, of course, without factoring in the problems that Brexit will pose for us.

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3. CL - February 26, 2017

“When political parties fail to do their primary job – serving the people – they inevitably lose market share.”
http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/kennys-legacy-economic-wins-and-health-housing-and-justice-defeats-35481303.html

Or maybe the Fine Gael brand is insufficiently differentiated from others; a new logo might help as it seeks more consumers.

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4. EWI - February 26, 2017

Or do you fancy an Irish version of the vicious civil war between Democrats and Republicans, which has corrupted civility in American politics?

Away with that childish passion for a left-right division that looks good on paper, but ends up with blood on the streets.

That sounds awfully like a threat to the left to accede to right-wing demands, ‘or else’. Particularly as anyone but an utter gobshite can see that it’s the GOP who are causing the strife in the US right now, not the meek and inoffensive Democrats.

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murf - February 27, 2017

Meek and inoffensive?

They offend me.

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