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Sunday and other stupid media statements of this week… November 28, 2021

Posted by guestposter in Uncategorized.

A Tory speaks…

Casting women in TV and film roles previously given to men, such as in Doctor Who or the James Bond franchise, risks leading young males into crime because the only cultural role models left for them are criminals, a Conservative MP [Nick Fletcher ] has argued…In culture, Fletcher argued, “there seems to be a call from a tiny yet very vocal minority that every male character or good role model must have a female replacement. One only needs to consider the discussions about who will next play James Bondto see that. And it is not just James Bond: in recent years we have seen Doctor Who, the Ghostbusters, Luke Skywalker and The Equalizer all replaced by women, and men are left with the Krays and Tommy Shelby [a character in the BBC drama Peaky Blinders].”

Luke Skywalker?


In the IT who would think about writing a column about publicity embargoes which would make the following light-hearted comparisons? Who indeed?

We need to talk about a pestilence that causes an itch in Irish journalism, especially in reportage of large companies and State organisations. I refer to publication embargoes, which are endemic. Community transmission of them is currently way too high. We need a circuit breaker to stop the news agenda being overly manipulated by public relations.

Who is very very disappointed in Labour’s Alan Kelly, who apparently:

…made a determined effort in his keynote address to Labour’s annual conference earlier this month to articulate a distinctive image for the party as a social democratic alternative to the governing coalition on the one hand and to the nationalist aims of Sinn Féin on the other.

Kelly spoiled the impact a week later with his testy exchange in the Dáil with Taoiseach Micheál Martin over what was said in a private conversation about isolation rules for teachers . It was just the latest example of his propensity to use intemperate and belligerent language. The intention is clearly to create some space for himself in the exchanges between the Government and Sinn Féin but all it does is raise doubts about whether he has the temperament for leadership.

Meanwhile in the same paper someone asks about ‘something darker’…

From time immemorial, young people have longed for an ideal.

But what ideal do they think Sinn Féin offers? Action on climate change? Thus far, there is little appetite for that from Sinn Féin. An equitable housing system? A public house-building programme and a Central Bank change to mortgage rules could change much. Besides, it’s likely housing is a prime mover for only so many.

So is there something darker?

For those growing up in post-peace process Ireland, like those seven young would-be nightclubbers, Sinn Féin undoubtedly represents something exotic, the unknown. It seems unthinkable that the party’s past could be its allure. But we should not be surprised if it is. It is happening elsewhere so why not here? If history teaches anything it is that reaching to a dark past to secure tomorrow is a dangerous business.

All other contributions welcome…






1. NFB - November 28, 2021

“Besides, it’s likely housing is a prime mover for only so many.”

Keep telling yourself that mate.

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2. Colm B - November 28, 2021

Apropos Anne Harris, “Aldershot” is the only appropriate response to anything she writes about SF, the North etc.

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3. EWI - November 28, 2021

Remind me again, how much did Anne sell the former Harris home for?


WorldbyStorm - November 28, 2021

Wasn’t that in the Phoenix or am I misremembering?


EWI - November 28, 2021

I recall it being for a princely sum, and possibly also bigged up in the paper’s property supplement? Such people don’t have the same housing concerns as the rest of us (I am a renter, and probably not the only one here among the younger cohort).


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