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Sunday and other Media Stupid Statements from this week… February 16, 2020

Posted by guestposter in Uncategorized.

A particular favourite is behind a paywall today, but what can be seen outside it is fantastic:

Last Thursday, Micheal Martin rejected a Fianna Fail deal with Sinn Fein and got down to building a broad coalition.

Anyone alert to media opinion could sense the rage in RTE at Martin’s refusal to follow the Montrose ran-tan to give Sinn Fein what it wanted most; not housing or health, but State power.

Anyone alert to public opinion could also sense the palpable relief of the 75.5pc of the Irish people who did not vote Sinn Fein.


Labour TDs Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and Ged Nash are understood to be in consultation about which one of them should stand for the leadership of the Labour Party.It is expected that Alan Kelly, the Tipperary TD, will also be a candidate, though Mr Kelly could not be reached for comment on Thursday.Mr Ó Ríordáin and Mr Nash are close politically, and party sources said that they would be unlikely to run against each other. The two men were seen having coffee together in Dublin on Thursday.

Well I never.

Meanwhile check out the photo accompanying this piece from Emerson…

And what about this?

Despite all these reasons to believe northern politics will carry on much as before, it is naive to think a huge change can take place in the Republic without knock-on effects. Unification is still why everyone in Sinn Féin gets up in the morning and they enjoy keeping unionists awake at night. Every new strength will be exploited and opportunities for mischief are about to multiply.



1. CL - February 16, 2020

And from the same pathological, revisionist sewer :

“Leo made ‘Brit-bashing’ respectable again, but it’s Sinn Fein who gained
Fine Gael leader must take his share of blame for raising the spectre of toxic nationalism just when it had been lulled to a slumber” writes Eilis O’Hanlon

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CL - February 16, 2020

What ‘Brit-bashing’ looks like:

“The withdrawal deal that Boris Johnson negotiated with Brussels had its origins in the discussions he had with Leo Varadkar. It avoided a hard border on the island of Ireland, it had support throughout Dáil Éireann and it provided the impetus for the new British prime minister to contest a successful December Westminster election.”

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WorldbyStorm - February 16, 2020

It’s infuriating isn’t it?


Starkadder - February 16, 2020

That would be the same Leo Varadkar who said it was “right and proper” to commemorate the RIC and DMP, of course.

I wonder if Eilis O’Hanlon will follow her friends Ruth Dudley Edwards and Kevin Myers and start promoting Breitbart next.

Certainly those two have gone from Bush n’ Blair
neo-conservatism to far right over the last few years.


2. Stan - February 16, 2020

I don’t remember any equivalent concern for the 75% of us who didn’t vote for FG in 2016

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WorldbyStorm - February 16, 2020

Hahah brilliant point


3. makedonamend - February 16, 2020

If ever we needed a definition and example of a passive-aggressive political approach, we need look no further than Emerson. There’s an odd combination to a pretend dominance, or at least the appearance of being above the political fray, and a desire to imply perpetual victim-hood. It’s all wearing at bit thin and is past it’s sell-by-date.

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WorldbyStorm - February 16, 2020

I think he’s acute in some ways v v limited in others


4. EWI - February 16, 2020

The Irish Times is ‘media’ only in the same sense that Fox News is. In reality, it’s only a propaganda voice for the self-interest of south county Dublin, same as it was a hundred years ago.


5. An Sionnach Fionn - February 16, 2020

The Daily Mail and lots of other UK newspapers are now carrying scare stories about the IRA seizing power in Ireland in the guise of SF. Some of the stuff is quite mad.



6. Aonrud ⚘ - February 16, 2020

This is kind of brilliant in it’s lack of self-awareness.

“Banksy artwork in Bristol is vandalised days after appearing”


“Artwork”, “piece”, “scrawled graffiti” – there’s an academic paper to be had out of it 🙂


7. Pasionario - February 17, 2020

Here’s a stupid statement from the letters page of Monday’s IT from somebody called John Staunton:

“I fully endorse your excellent editorial on the Labour Party. Labour, in conjunction with the trade union movement, has done immeasurable work in improving the conditions of the working people of this country over the past 100 years.

As you correctly say, they did this without shooting, maiming and destroying the lives of people. This country, as a whole, will be ill-served by the decline in popularity of the Labour Party in favour of radical alternatives on the left.”


Perhaps someone should let Mr. Staunton know about the interesting past of former Labour Party leaders Rabbitte and Gilmore.

The irony is that the “radical alternatives on the left” — i.e. Sol-PBP — along with the Green Party are the only parties in the Dail, which have no violent antecedents (at least in this country).


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