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Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week January 31, 2016

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Colm McCarthy reflects on the fact that every single Irish bank lost more than enough to put itself out of business when the bubble burst.

This continuing failure to explore what went wrong, bank by bank, ensures that lessons go unlearnt and that bank management and boards have been held publicly to account only in the aggregate.

This is the prime failing in the latest response to the Great Irish Banking Bust, one of the most damaging bank crashes to have occurred anywhere.

Move along, nothing systemic to see here.

Ruth Dudley Edwards is rabbiting on about commemorations of 1916 legitimising dissidents, and how hopefully we cn move on.

But maybe when 2016 is over, the Irish public might be ready to contemplate exorcising those ghosts once and for all and embracing in their stead inspirational heroes of our great constitutional tradition, who thought it better to live than to die for Ireland.

Except when it came to World War One of course.

Eoghan Harris, meanwhile, opens as follows.

Reactions to both the Banking Inquiry and RTE’s Rebellion show that when confronted with our own bad behaviour we prefer to blame Brussels or the Brits.

Today’s Sindo sees normal service resumed at every level then.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week January 24, 2016

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Unfortunately, no time to do this properly today, so just time to note this by Eoghan Harris on Heather Humphreys revealing her grandfather signed the Ulster Covenant. It was, apparently, a significant moment

First, because no fuss followed a revelation that a few years ago would have led to nationalist ructions.

Second because it left bigots on both sides without a leg to stand on – and delivered in Belfast it puts pressure on progressive unionists to respond.

Humphreys’s grandfather, Robert, was only 19 when he stood up for his right not to be ruled by a Roman Catholic nationalist Ireland.

He had good reason to fear the Free State might be a repressive Roman Catholic state, as “fallen” women, abused children and censored authors found out.

He feared the Free State when he signed the Covenant did he?

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week January 17, 2016

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Carol Hunt on neutrality.

It’s all a bit farcical isn’t it? Either way, we need to take a long, hard look at the morality of our emotional attachment to neutrality, when it’s our European neighbours needing assistance in the face of the evil posed by Isil. It’s not a brave stance to take. On the contrary, it looks remarkably like a cowardly cop-out.

One of the mainstays of her argument is last week’s poll showing exaggerated and irrational fears of Daesh in Ireland. But there you go.

The Sindo columnists are also much exercised by the disgusting events in Cologne on New Year’s Eve. Which is clearly fair enough. But this, from Ian O’Doherty, is just nuts.

Such an unprecedented outbreak of mass, coordinated sexual assaults would normally be immediate front page news. And if the perpetrators had been white or European, it would have been.

But the attackers were predominantly refugees from the Middle East and North Africa, so Europe’s liberal elite, from the local police chief, to politicians to the media, did what they always do when confronted by inconvenient facts – they ignored it and hoped it would go away.

Does he really think people don’t remember the front page news stories about it?

Meanwhile, Eoghan Harris on Obama’s foreign policy

Lincoln and Roosevelt were legends because, with great reluctance and then with equal resolution, they faced the fact that slavers and fascists have to be fought to a finish.

Obama did not face up to the slavers and fascists of the Middle East.

He was spinning about Congress being his biggest failure.

His real failure was his precipitate withdrawal of troops from Iraq in 2009, just as the sacrifice of American troops had succeeded in stabilising the Iraq body politic.

This premature withdrawal, prompted by Obama’s passion for popularity with liberals like himself, fatally weakened the Iraqi government and left the door open for Isil’s deadly campaign.

And there was me thinking it was the support from foreign countries for Islamists trying to overthrow a secular regime that opened that door. And we all know which countries.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week January 10, 2016

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This week’s winner is the front-page headline itself. Vomit.

Sindo Headline 10 January 2016

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week January 3, 2016

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2016 has arrived, and we’re definitely off and running when a Sindo columnist can cite both the 1916 leaders and Charlie Haughey as patriotic sticks with which to beat the current government, and its predecessor.

And yet the sheer lack of courage to go toe-to-toe against these foreign threats would leave you wondering where Kenny and his comrades would cower if they found themselves in a plume of smoke 100 years ago as the British closed in.

Over the past two governments, leaders have kowtowed again and again to foreign interests.

The bank guarantee, a willingness to honour bondholders debts and the submissiveness shown when the US government blocked an attempt by the previous Irish government to burn €20bn worth of bondholders has been staggering.

The last person to oversee the country in such a crisis was Charlie Haughey. For all his flaws, it is hard to imagine him ever allowing the Irish taxpayer to be screwed by Europe like that. He may have been crooked but he was smart. And he would never have rolled over like a pair of schoolteachers.

Read Niamh Horan here to be inspired by the true nature of 1916.

Enough said.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week December 13, 2015

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Not a lot today, and late because I was up all night watching a certain sporting event.

Eoghan Harris is in good form

The RTE left-liberal agenda replicates that of another closed culture, the BBC, in an attitude to foreign policy which is anti-American, anti-intervention and comes close to a form of Corbynism.

He must watch different channels to me.

Meanwhile Dan O’Brien has both worked out the GDP for the southern economy is a false statistic for the economy, not illuminating but obscuring. Speaking of obscuring, he has another article where he denies that there is anything particularly corrupt about the southern state, but notes this:

For multiple reasons, over a long period of time it is clear that the Garda, as a police force, has failed to effectively investigate and prosecute corrupt holders of public office.

He just can’t see it can he? Corruption is more than about money.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week: DIY December 6, 2015

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Have to go out today, so no time to do this unfortunately. Just a quick comment from Dan O’Brien on the possibilities of Asian investment though. Lessons of the last few years clearly well learned.

By far, the biggest opportunity is not trade or tourism (though they are significant), but Asias new multinational companies. If Ireland can replicate with Asia the success that it has achieved in luring so much American foreign investment to Ireland, the country will be prosperous for as far into the future as one can see.

And by the way, he’s also seriously worried about the possibility of nuclear war between Japan and China ruining these investment opportunities.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week: We Got Nothing Edition November 29, 2015

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Virtually nothing of interest in the Sindo this week, though when one of the columnists can get away with turning this in, that’s no wonder.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week November 22, 2015

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Ruth Dudley Edwards mounts an attack on what she sees as political correctness gone mad, this time in feminists being to blame. The fundamentals of feminism have been achieved she says.

In my lifetime, with the help of many sympathetic men, in the West, women achieved equality in education, employment, pay, marriage and pretty well everything that mattered. There were no issues outstanding that could not be worked through with persistence and goodwill.

So apparently there is no pay gap any longer. Never let the facts get in the way of a good story. An old Sindo mantra.

Meanwhile, the rubbish following the terrorist attacks by Daesh continues. Jody Corcoran is as well-informed, accurate and coherent as ever. Apparently there has been an ongoing clash of civilisations for 1,300 years between what he calls “the Western and Islamic civilisations”. A statement so ridiculously ignorant it’s not even worth beginning to point out the myriad ways in which so much wrongness is packed into so short a phrase.

Arising from that, it is evident that the West has become a soft touch, too soft for this denouement in what has been described as the clash of civilisations.

Fear not then. Last week’s attacks apparently mark the final resolution of the clash of civilisations. That is after all what the word denouement means. And it’s not like anyone at the Sindo just throws words at the page without thinking about whether they mean what they say. So we can rest assured it’s all over.

Oh wait, hold on. He also says this

This clash of civilisations will continue for years to come, a mere blink of an eye in terms of global history. The people of Europe will have to become accustomed to events such as the savagery that occurred in Paris.

So not a denouement after all. And yet,

In a timeline of 1,300 years, we may be approaching a denouement, but there is no certainty an accommodation will be reached, let alone that a softened West will prevail.

Make up your mind Jody. Still, what can you expect from someone who thinks the Iraq War was caused by an Islamic masterplan to take over Europe?

Amazing when Eoghan Harris is something approaching the voice of reason, apologising for comments he made following the Charlie Hebdo attacks.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week November 15, 2015

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As expected, the murderous attacks by fascistic religiously-inspired fanatics in Paris provoke all sorts of stupidity in the Sindo, including pathetic attempts to link socialists who oppose Daesh and its like with it, while ignoring who has been arming and training those types in Syria. Here is a representative and outlandishly stupid sample from Brendan O’Connor

Because make no mistake, there are those who will not rest until every aspect of our everyday lives is poisoned by terrorism. “As long as you keep bombing, you will not live in peace. You will fear even travelling to the market,” Isil says.

And there are those who agree to an extent with that sentiment; who argue that it is our fault, that we should appease Isil and that that will make them stop.

Except of course literally no-one is saying this. Except, of course, the voices in Brendan O’Connor’s head. If he wants to look at idiotic and dangerous statements made in the aftermath of these attacks, he should look no further than the end lines of his own column.

The men who did this sprang from Muslim communities in France, as do a huge amount of those fighting with Isil. These communities, and Muslim communities in all Western countries, need to become cold houses for radicalism.

Or they will find very quickly that, rightly or wrongly, westerners will decide that Muslims have no place in free 21st-century democracies.

If the laws in this country were any use, such speech would be punishable as incitement to hatred.

There’s plenty more where that came from from the other columnists too.

For a different type of stupidity in a related piece, Jim Cusack, in his rush to praise his sources, seems to have forgotten the existence of the British Army, as well as not being able to count back to the start of the Troubles correctly.

Details of the training plan are secret but the Irish Army is unique in having the longest and most in-depth experience in countering terrorist explosive attacks, given its 30 years of experience in countering the IRA and subsequent experience in the Middle East and elsewhere.

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