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

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

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week February 12, 2017

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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.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week February 5, 2017

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Brendan O’Connor wants the outside world to fix the middle east.

So in our delusion now, the left and the right have conspired to ignore the root of the problem and to make the conversation about migration.

Because foreign intervention has absolutely nothing to do with the problem in the first place.

Niamh Horan addresses St Patrick’s day.

So let’s stop the moral hand-wringing, forget reactionary populism, take the shamrock, and act in the taxpayer’s interest.

When you put the hysteria to one side, there’s only one thing worth remembering on our national day: Ireland remains America’s gateway to Europe and the global location of choice for US investment.

But if we forget reactionary populism, you’ll be out of a job Niamh.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week January 29, 2017

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Lots of Sindo stuff on the possibility of a Kenny/Adams (or McDonald) governmental one-two after the next election, including this from an entirely predictable source.

Any hope that you’ll remember that keeping Ireland a democracy is your first concern, Taoiseach?

Brendan O’Connor with more stuff to say on Trump and his administration.

Some of us found ourselves thinking this week that Sean Spicer, the President’s spokesman, would perhaps make a better president than Trump. Spicer is the man with the unenviable task of coming out and explaining Trump’s behaviour. And you’d have to say that after a poor start, he did an amazing job last week. Of course there was the initial press conference on Saturday when Spicer had to read out those angry lies about the numbers at the inauguration. But if you kept watching Spicer for the week you’d have to say he redeemed himself. He trod a delicate line between trying to explain Trump in a reasonable fashion and then sometimes seeming to just throw his hands up. As when he kept repeating at one point in the week that the president has believed for a long time that there was voter fraud. Spicer offered no rationale for this and didn’t attempt to defend it. He just said it, through almost gritted teeth.

When Spicer tried to explain to the press how frustrating and demoralising it is when everything you do or say is greeted with a wall of negativity, and to point out how racially charged the false story of the Martin Luther King bust was, you found yourself agreeing with him.

The former senator’s column is worth reading in full. One wonders if he has thought through the implications of his own first sentence.

Aristotle said everything to excess is wrong – which also applies to attacking Donald Trump or selling the snake oil that is the Sinn Fein peace process.

Would like to see his reaction to switching the two things referred to around.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week January 22, 2017

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Brendan O’Connor has been anti-Trump, but is that an example of the creeping normalisation of his agenda – that the Irish Times has jumped into with both feet – we detect here, disguised as humour?

His suggestion that he would put his own country first was viewed with more wailing and gnashing of teeth. “Nooooooooo!!!!!!” cried out Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro at Trump’s suggestion that he would give power back to the people and attempt to create jobs for the little guy. And liberals everywhere felt a little less safe in their beds, with some of them even wetting them.

In the editorial, not so much outright stupid as a spectacular case of kettle, the pot has something it wants to say to you.

The standard of economic expertise at the Department of Finance was found to be woefully lacking in various inquiries subsequent to the economic collapse. It would be negligent in the extreme were that still to be the case at a time when the country is facing a challenge, indeed multiple challenges, comparable to if not potentially more grave than the grievous crash from which we have emerged, albeit in a rather lopsided and still unsatisfactory fashion.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week January 15, 2017

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Some serious political philosophy in the editorial this week

Social critics across the Western world complain “property” rights too often take precedence over “human” rights, with the result that people are treated unequally and have unequal opportunities. It is not true to say that the Apollo House case proves that the rights of private property “trump” the human rights of vulnerable people. The purported conflict between property rights and human rights too often fails to take into account that property rights are also human rights. There would have been serious consequences for citizens’ property rights had the Apollo House case not been prosecuted.

There you have it. Human rights, Sindosplained.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week January 8, 2017

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It looks like a lot of the Sindo this week has yet to be put online, unless the content of the paper has been drastically scaled back (we can hope). I’m sure the many soccer fans here will be interested to read Eoghan Harris’s take on Jurgen Klopp and what lessons he can teach us for life. Particularly tasteful is this remark.

Remember, Klopp cannot copy the rich clubs’ cynical ploy of signing the most promising players to deprive other clubs of them. For example, Chelsea has about 35 signed-up players, sitting around idle, like immigrants in direct provision.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week December 18, 2016

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Not much worth talking about this week. At all really. Boring. Maybe an early Christmas present from INM. Maybe this attack on the UN

The one thing nobody seems to be talking about, however, is the fact that the UN has, once again, proved itself to be nothing more than a poisonous, impotent bureaucracy that has no place in the modern world.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week November 27, 2016

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This story on reactions to Michael D’s statement on Fidel obviously contains a great deal of stupidity.

Ruth Dudley Edwards foams at the mouth about Higgins, looking for the government to shut him up. Why?

What with Brexit and Hillary Clinton’s defeat, Ireland is having a torrid time and needs all the friends can get. I can’t comment on what President Higgins thinks are good seduction techniques, but I wouldn’t have thought that at a time when the Government is trying to woo Donald Trump, this is a good time to reveal his opposition to everything he stands for.

So there we are. All policy decisions to be made on the basis of pleasing Trump.

Sunday Independent Not Stupid Statement of the Week November 20, 2016

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Maybe I’m too full of Christmas cheer before it’s even December but this week it seemed worth highlighting a couple of more sensible columns instead of the usual rubbish.

Brendan O’Connor has a piece with some good stuff on the causes behind the enormous rise in rents, and who is benefiting from them.

Yet somehow, someone, somewhere decided that we should make it almost impossible for the young to buy houses unless they or their parents have loads of cash, while at the same time making it handier for guys like David and his gang to buy property to rent to those same young people.

There is, you could say, a clear policy here of social engineering, a decision to push young people out of home ownership and into renting at hugely inflated rents.

And of course Gene Kerrigan

Sustainable, all of it, it seems, as a thin layer of people make a financial killing.

We urgently need municipal housing, directly built, not tinkering with incentives in the hope the private sector will do the job – it won’t. We urgently need rent controls.

But, no – such measures would be “interfering with the market”.

There’s only one market we’re allowed to interfere with, and that’s the labour market – where we must hammer anyone who seeks a decent wage. Increasing profits and executive salaries and bonuses and pensions and dividends – all of that’s sustainable. But not wage demands.

Presumably normal service will be restored next week.

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