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The Stupid is Strong this week… Sunday and other Media Stupid Statements from this week… September 29, 2019

Posted by guestposter in Uncategorized.

Where to start? A target rich environment to put it mildly.

This morning we have a contribution from a regular in these pages:

Do they seriously believe the public will not eventually see that the backstop stance was not about political principle but a personal stance about saving face?

Yeah, that’s it, no doubt. The backstop which has consumed political activity in the UK and is the result of lengthy negotiations between the EU and (at the prompting of) the UK is all about ‘saving face’. Beyond naive – as are any who take the analysis seriously.

Perhaps this from yesterday’s IT opinion pages.

What are some of the hallmarks of paganism? Obvious examples that spring to mind include nature worship, ritual sacrifices and doomsday prophecies, all of which are present in the climate justice cult [sic].

Perhaps predictably it’s all downhill in the article from there.

Speaking of the IT. An odd disconnect in this piece between the following:

Dismissing people with unpalatable views as isolated groups of backward, racist yokels was a mistake for which Britain is still paying. And it’s a mistake we’re now in danger of making. Ignoring the concerns of people in rural Ireland who feel hopeless about the future plays right into the hands of those ready to exploit them.

And this:

Communities need to stop whining about how hurtful it is to be mischaracterised as racist, and start focusing on the positives that can come out of an infusion of new life into a place. They also need to start helping themselves. If they could rally around positive initiatives with a fraction of the determination evidenced in Oughterard last week – where more than 60 people manned a picket around the clock – many of the very real problems of rural Ireland could be solved. Unfortunately, as populists know only too well, fear is a stronger call to action than hope.

The first line in the second quote above is an odd way to assist in changing deeply problematic and often woefully inaccurate negative perceptions of immigration on the ground.

And then you have to wonder about another article that starts:

The UK may be the only member-state to activate article 50, but it is not the first country to seek to leave the EU. Algeria left in 1962, Greenland in 1985, and St Barthélémy in 2012.
None of them shared a land border with the EU and the 499 kilometres of the Irish border presents a far greater challenge. But there are precedents from these previous exits and the EU’s current land borders that might point to a solution?

The EU in 1962 and 1985? And Algerian independence from France in 1962 is the same as the UK leaving the EU in 2019? This from the Executive Director of European Movement Ireland no less.

Meanwhile we have the following from someone often featured on this weekly post:

Now, as then, mainstream British politicians who want to do the best for their country, and for Ireland as well, are trapped between the irreconcilable demands of Irish nationalism and unionism, this time in the shape of the Border backstop.

And then there’s this which seems a stretch, a real stretch:

But it wasn’t wise – and not merely because indulging in Johnson’s charade is tiresome. But because there is nothing to be gained from aping the penchant for mannered nastiness that has become the calling card of the present British government.

Mannered nastiness? I think not. It’s the real thing.


1. An Sionnach Fionn - September 29, 2019

Jesus, the Irish press really is an ideological sewer.

And isn’t extraordinary the intellectual and factual contortions some people in this country will engage in to justify any and all actions by the UK as they effect Ireland, be they good, bad or indifferent.

I sometimes think that the British could start dumping nuclear waste directly onto Irish beaches and the Harris types in the media would criticise us for not being grateful that Britain were bestowing us with sand that glows at night!

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WorldbyStorm - September 29, 2019

+1 it’s reactionary in every sense of the word.


2. CL - September 29, 2019

Stephen Collins shows how the backstop has disrupted British politics, and Eoghan Harris, with his characteristic brio, outlines how the backstop will, among other effects, cause a serious recession in Ireland.
However these two distinguished political seers are ignoring a more serious issue; the role of the backstop in global warming.
Maybe next week…

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Daire O'Criodain - September 30, 2019

The backstop delivered us Donald Trump too.


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