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Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week July 2, 2017

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Again, not a lot online yet. But there is this spectacular missing of the point about how sexism works, and how it damages society, and not just individuals. It’s in regard to what was said to Catriona Perry of RTÉ in the White House.

There can be no doubt that the comment that Trump made toward Perry was awkward, a little creepy, and certainly sexist, but crucially it wasn’t in any way damaging.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week: Where’s the Stuff? June 18, 2017

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So it looks like next to nothing from this week is up. Must be a change in policy. So alas no Stupid Statement this week.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week June 11, 2017

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Ruth Dudley Edwards clearly misreading the British response to the DUP

The DUP are not popular in Britain, for most people still associate them with the religious fundamentalism they are fast sloughing off, and self-styled progressives will be making much of their opposition to abortion and gay marriage.

While they’re not hated – as Sinn Fein are by those who loathe the IRA and its apologists – they are seen as old-fashioned and provincial and just as prone as republicans to hold out the begging bowl. They now have a chance to show themselves as better than their image, which will make it easier for them to influence policy.

Looking at much of the commentary on the DUP, one might suggest there are millions who do hate them.

Dan O’Brien has been thinking about the implications of Brexit, and attitudes in Britain to it.

Hard Brexiteers and passionate pro-Europeans make up small minorities. Most British people do not view Europe as being particularly important, one way or the other.

The turnout for the referendum was 72% – it’s 20 years since a general election saw such a turnout. However, it gets better. Look at this

The Conservative manifesto was peppered with left-leaning commitments and favoured a greater role for the state, rather than a Singapore-style one.

Dan working overtime for us today. There’s also this

There are also a number of the policy positions proposed in the manifesto that business would not embrace. Shifting the balance of rights towards employees and away from employers is one. Another is putting up barriers to foreign capital, in the form of making mergers and acquisitions more difficult. Yet another is the high priority given to cutting immigration, which will make hiring foreign talent harder.

Yes Theresa May, champion of workers’ rights.

However, amidst tough competition, an old dependable comes good, in many different ways.

In the past 100 years, the Irish Republic has repeatedly and successfully used selective internment, censored IRA propaganda, and used special courts to protect the public.

Sinn Fein trolls single out the failure of internment in Northern Ireland – which had no cross-community support – to hide the fact that internment in the Republic not only repressed the IRA, but gave many the chance to reflect and to change their views.

British human rights activists should face the fact that potential jihadis should be locked up, not just for the public’s sake, but for their own sake and safety. Internment is just one sensible Irish solution to a British problem.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week June 4, 2017

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Like last week, it looks like there might be a raft of stuff not up yet.

Given the housing crisis in Dublin and the insanity of the rental market there, thought it worthwhile just flagging up this kite-flying exercise for students to live in containers converted into bedsits. There’s also a story on the low number of people punished for illegally renting out their flats on a short-term basis. Steady on there Sindo, or you’ll be accused of real journalism.

The incoming taoiseach of course attracts comment. The Sindo takes the opportunity to, in a by the by sort of way, describe class politics as a form of identity politics, a favoured tactic of the US right.

While Mr Varadkar would be among the first to eschew what is called identity politics, a tendency for people of a particular religion, race, sexual orientation or social background to form political alliances, it was particularly appropriate for him to recognise the significance of his own election, specifically his statement that it shows prejudice has no hold in this Republic.

Where to start with the idea that there is no prejudice in a state the laws, education, and health system of which still reflect to a great extent the teachings of one particular brand of religion. There’s no racism in the US now Obama’s been president either.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week: Nothing to See Here Edition May 28, 2017

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So there’s very little from today by way of opinion pieces on the Sindo website, so basically this week’s edition is cancelled for lack of material (when this thread was started around ten years ago, never expected to say that). The scare stories promoted by the right about the south’s supposed lack of readiness do however continue in today’s edition if you want some stupidity.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week May 21, 2017

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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