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Sunday and other Media Stupid Statements from this week… July 25, 2021

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Thanks to the person who sent this this morning:

And a fitting response:

Is someone rewriting political history with a very contemporary spin in the following example?

The PDs remained a significant policy force for almost a quarter of a century and could claim a number of important achievements on social and economic policy during the party’s four terms in coalition. Ultimately, though, it was the party’s stance on the North that defined its identity and after the Belfast Agreement its primary objective had been realised.

Why get an opinion on public health issues from someone who runs an airline? Why indeed?

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has said he would turn the NHS Covid app off because it is “complete rubbish”.

The chief executive of the Dublin-based airline group said the app is creating too much “caution”.

More than half a million people were instructed to self-isolate by the app – which is available in England and Wales – during the first week of July.

The dreaded ‘we’ appears again as well as a massive overstatement:

Of course, the most socially acceptable kind of discrimination in Ireland has always been that directed at the English. Yes, but we’re entitled, the argument goes. Eight hundred years and all that: Bloody Sunday; Brexit; Priti Patel’s food shortages; the Border; ongoing ignorance of Irish history, politics, culture; amnesty for British soldiers; and co-opting of Saoirse Ronan’s identity. Maybe “sitting back and watching the Brits self-destruct” is more entertaining summer viewing than Love Island or the Olympics. But who does it serve? Ireland is the country with most to lose – not least because Johnson seems determined to weaponise unionist disquiet to put pressure on the EU, a dangerous game to play under the heat of the July sun.

We’re no better than Boris or the most rabid Brexiteers if we can’t resist our own version of the misty-eyed obsession with the past and bitter identity politics that led directly to Brexit.

Any other examples people have seen today?

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1. EWI - July 25, 2021

Ultimately, though, it was the party’s stance on the North that defined its identity and after the Belfast Agreement its primary objective had been realised.

The PDs’ ‘stance’ on the North was that it was none of our business apart from cracking down on Republicanism in any shape or form, often using questionably legal methods. The mealy-mouthed response of Harney to the Downing Street Declaration says it all.

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2. NFB - July 25, 2021

Javid has apologised. Fire that intern!

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