jump to navigation

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week May 21, 2017

Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
4 comments

This week, let’s just all take the time to enjoy Ruth Dudley Edwards having to acknowledge that her favourite newspaper had apparently let her down badly.

Instead with what turned into ‘Blondegate’, with the unwitting help of the Sunday Independent Sinn Fein has had another hit in its long-running ‘Winding-up- the-Prods’ strategy.

The column also notes that her book on the Rising. The Seven, has been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize. Somehow appropriate one might feel.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week May 14, 2017

Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
3 comments

A bit delayed this week. And a boring week to be honest as well.

Most people would agree in principle that taxpayers’ money should not be used to subsidise private gain. Yet, to a very great extent, that is what we do in Ireland when it comes to third level education.

Dan O’Brien wins hands down this week for the spectacular lack of awareness as to the importance of the transfer of public money to the private sector in modern capitalism. An economics expert whose faith in the market is so total, he misses the single most important actor within the modern economy. Shocking but not surprising.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week May 7, 2017

Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
10 comments

With the French Republic in danger in today’s election, the Sindo offers us this

Feminists all over the world clamour that “more women’s voices must be heard”. More women’s voices in science, on business boards, in academia, in the media, and, above all, in politics. However, no feminists I can trace have praised the French Presidential candidate Marine le Pen as representing an advance for women’s voices in politics. As Marion Anne Perrine le Pen has led the National Front party, and thus “the extreme far right”, she is never seen as a role-model for women and she is not supported by feminist groups.
There’s an element of sectarianism here: when feminists say there should be “more women’s voices” – what they seem to mean is that there should be “more women’s voices of the kind that we agree with”. Like, say, Hillary Clinton, or possibly, Angela Merkel – although Mrs Merkel herself, when asked if she was a feminist recently, seemed reluctant to commit.

Listen, sisters, in this life, you have to take the rough with the smooth. If you want “more women’s voices” in the public arena, you are going to get all varieties of women coming forward. Women in politics are not always going to be your standard soft-liberal-leftie with the predictable views of that ilk.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week: DIY April 30, 2017

Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
1 comment so far

No time alas to do this properly this week, but to get the ball rolling

The questioning comes from both the crowds outside and the professors and analysts inside the universities, central banks and investment houses. There is the making of a remarkable new consensus, where the policies of Mr Mélechon and Mr Corbyn are often largely indistinguishable from those of President Trump, Marine Le Pen or UKIP, and they are joined by mainstream economists and market participants.

Yep the UKIP and Labour Party manifestos will be virtually the same, that sounds likely.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week April 23, 2017

Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
1 comment so far

Some regulars are missing today so not as much to consider as normal, but at least one old hand delivers.

Ruth Dudley Edwards has a piece on how Scottish and Irish nationalists need to grow up when it comes to Brexit. Strangely, no mention of English nationalism.

There’s genuine concern in Westminster about the effect of Brexit on Ireland, north and south, and a strong desire to make the effects as painless as possible.

All that evidence to the contrary is clearly wrong.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week April 9, 2017

Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
3 comments

What’s this, Colm McCarthy, the man who has never seen a problem to which privatising public assets was not the answer, a convert to the value of public ownership?

The decision to establish a single national utility to run the water industry should have been taken at least 30 years ago. The emerging problems were clear and the precedent (national utilities directed by engineers rather than local politicians) had already been employed for electricity, gas and telecoms. The decision to establish Irish Water as a State company was always the obvious solution. The mystery is not the decision taken but the extraordinary delay in taking it.

The leopard has not really changed its sport. Having repeated the myth that urban dwellers have never contributed to the cost of water services, we get this

Back in the real world, the Government, or the next one, whatever its composition, will face a long list of hurdles in economic and social policy, of which water is a minor component. These are to be met through passive harvesting of the (guaranteed, sound as a bell) tax revenues to flow from the expansion in economic activity presumed to be inevitable. There is instead Brexit, an incipient public pay explosion, faltering control on public expenditure and a renewed house price bubble. And “free” water.

The only thing missing from the list is the trade unions.

A bland week otherwise.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week March 26, 2017

Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
4 comments

Going to focus on a cultural rather than political or economic story today. Some belated reflections on the twentieth anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer from Ian O’Doherty. He does a decent job of discussing the show, compares Buffy to Hannah from Girls, then offers this

We now live in a febrile, hair-trigger atmosphere which has fostered the tyranny of the professionally weak; where you’re now nobody until you have secured some special victim status.

There follows an attack on “Generation Snowflake”. The language of the so-called alt-right continues to be embraced wholeheartedly by the Sindo, and its creeping into discussions of tv etc shows just how insidious it is, but also how keen the right in Ireland is to ape the trends that took Trump and others to such dizzying heights of success.

Just to ram home the point, here’s the same author discussing the London attack

Inevitably, the blame game immediately kicked into gear. Who was at fault?

Well, one person said that Nigel Farage had blood on his hands. Others were quick to blame Trump because… well, it’s Trump. Let’s face it, if it’s raining outside, someone will find a way to blame Trump.

This is part of what I see as cultural self-harm: a self destructive urge to avoid the screamingly obvious while focussing on ephemera and desperately performing mental gymnastics in a futile attempt to avoid the exploding elephant in the corner – radical Muslims. Radical Muslims who hate the country that pays their benefits.

But the tide is turning. People are no longer interested in the establishment and media’s desire to avoid ‘inflaming’ tensions.

Cultural self-harm. People don’t want to avoid inflaming tensions, unlike the establishment. Good job none of this suggests resonances with the white genocide conspiracy theory about immigration and cultural diversity.

Finally, not a stupid statement, but an acknowledgement of the skill of the headline writer who knows exactly what the audience wants. A piece about the threat to rural Ireland represented by the problems with Bus Éireann that mentions the strike once, and focuses more on the cuts the company wants to make to a service due to close in April. Strike Takes Out a Vital Rural Lifeline

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week March 5, 2017

Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
20 comments

Here’s an interesting take on the northern elections

Sinn Fein’s main success in the Assembly election was against the SDLP but also against Fianna Fail’s plans to expand north in 2019.

Interesting in so far as no-one else is thinking about FF because it’s an irrelevance. The SDLP did take some hits in Foyle and west Belfast, but actually in proportional terms increased its number of seats, with some unexpected gains, especially in Lagan Valley.

Beyond that, there’s this from a predictable source

Tribal passions are putting the centre under severe pressure both in Northern Ireland and the Republic. Should this go on, the middle ground will soon give way under our feet.

Undoubtedly tribalism is resurgent in the north, though within a context of all sides wanting power sharing back (at least publicly). The notion the NI elections are a threat to the centre in the south is altogether more fanciful. Or should that be hysterical.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week: DIY February 19, 2017

Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
16 comments

Unfortunately have no time to wade through the Sindo today, so over to you.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week February 12, 2017

Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
9 comments

But even if Trump posed no threat, there is every reason why Enda Kenny should stop the needy nagging, step up to the plate and call for the creation of a militant coalition of the centre in Europe.

This coalition would take on the task of rolling back reaction and pushing progressive pro-European policies in two areas.

First, it would face the fact that Europe needs its own powerful military force, armed with nuclear weapons, and with the German army at its core, to combat Russian aggression and make up for any American neglect of Nato.

More sensible geopolitical commentary from Eoghan Harris. Other than that, not much.

%d bloggers like this: