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Sunday and the Week’s Media Stupid Statements June 23, 2019

Posted by guestposter in Uncategorized.

A double whammy from the same piece… earlier in the week…

Stephen Collins in the IT argues about the need for Fine Gael to save its reputation which apparently is for ‘ doing the right thing in the national interest’.

In purely political terms Fine Gael needs to demonstrate the capacity to get a grip on the public finances, even if that means the end of the Government.

Or is it a triple?

One way or another there can be no avoiding the requirement to make difficult choices. The Taoiseach has expressed the view that the Government will be perceived to be “lacking compassion” if it takes the measures needed to get spending under control. That is simply a risk Varadkar and Donohoe will have to take.

Ah, there’s nothing like the chest-beating of the Irish middle class when talking about ‘difficult choices’ that largely won’t impact upon it.
Meanwhile, what of this from the same paper later in the week?

Look at the trade union-backed Raise the Roof housing campaign. However well-intentioned it may be, it nurtures the fallacy that if only housing was designated a legal right, enough houses and apartments would magically spring from the turf like daffodils. Somebody would still need to physically build them.

Except that’s statement isn’t correct and RtR has as its coordinator in the IT writes in reply to the piece ‘Raise the Roof has consistently argued that a right to housing is but one component of an overall resolution to a crisis that emanates from a dysfunctional housing market and official policy that is ideologically fixated on market solutions to profound social problem’. Then again, the original piece argues that: ‘there is the pressing need to keep a lid on soaring building costs, and that includes labour costs’.

Huh? Labour costs are the problem?

And on it goes.

Other examples of similar mindsets very welcome.


1. EWI - June 23, 2019

‘Tough’ decisions are always about punishing the poor and rewarding the rich.

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WorldbyStorm - June 23, 2019



6to5against - June 23, 2019

In the austerity heyday, ‘tough decisions’ generally had unanimous support from the country’s media. And in Collins’s view, the public quietly support all such decisions. Or at least the public-that-matter do.

So why does he still perceive them as tough?

Could it be that he thinks the country’s media is out of tune with the population at large?

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WorldbyStorm - June 23, 2019

That’s a very good question. If they’re agreed, then how are they that tough? Strange.


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