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Sunday and other stupid media statements of this week  August 7, 2022

Posted by guestposter in Uncategorized.

From today’s SI.

Bland Rooney marks death of the Irish novel

The Business Post has a piece on Michael O’Leary and Ryanair asking “As other airlines flounder during the busy summer season, Michael O’Leary is not only surviving but thriving. What’s his secret sauce?”

In the course of 889 words this is the only answer.

Ryanair is not avoiding the turbulence by accident. Once again O’Leary has come through a crisis stronger than his rivals, having recognised that there would be a huge demand for travel and planned accordingly. He has left other senior airline bosses looking foolish.

Which still raises the same question.

From the Guardian during the week and here’s an apologia for passivity in the UK.

It’s the same with strikes. All of Labour backs the fight to prevent massive cuts for those whose pay fell or stagnated for a decade. Strikers stand for everyone, the un-unionised are pulled up by union rates. But Starmer is not wrong to think that a convincing government-in-waiting shouldn’t be seen as protesters: parliament is their forum. Labour shadow ministers gnashed their teeth over the picket line grandstanding of Sam Tarry, who reacted to the prospect of being deselected in Ilford South by claiming, “I am on the side of ordinary British workers”, as if the rest weren’t. Mick Lynch is a great advocate, but the shadow cabinet has a more complex task than he does.

Does Newton Emerson understand nationalisms other than his own? It appears not. 

But the main advantage of PR [for the UK] is not knocking the nationalists down to size – it is knocking the Tories down to size, making it far harder for a party based almost entirely in England to keep securing outright majorities.

Putting half the seats in Scotland back into play for UK-wide parties would further remove the Scottish sense of having national governments imposed over their heads.

Would it? Would it really?

Someone tries to make an argument that it is necessary to keep sourcing hydrocarbons until…um… we’re ready to stop using them, but even he can’t offer more than a half-hearted defence of that, and winds up throwing his hands in the air. 

How can that acknowledgment of reality be squared with Ryan’s indulgent foot-dragging on Providence and Europa? His approach helps to leave Ireland vulnerable to external price shocks and security of supply issues.

Yet, human nature being what it is, it may also be true that developed economies such as ours may never make a proper leap to renewable energy until we are made to feel the true pain of relying on hydrocarbons.

Should we burn the planet, or the economy and, with it, the living standards of ordinary people? What an awful mess we have got ourselves into.

All other examples gratefully accepted. 


1. LMS - August 7, 2022

A lot of criticism of Sally Rooney boils down to that great Abe Simpson quote:

“I used to be *with it* but then they changed what *it* was and now what *it* is is strange and scary to me”


WorldbyStorm - August 7, 2022



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