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Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week April 19, 2015

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Brendan O’Connor standing up for the part of Irish society the media likes to denigrate.

WE all reckon we know how liberal, young, modern, urban Ireland will vote in the marriage equality referendum. The worry now seems to be what people in the media often sneeringly refer to as Middle Ireland.

Just, what?

Apparently, it is not the job of the Referendum Commission to explain facts about the referendum.

He said: “The only effect [of the same-sex marriage amendment] is that the entitlement to marriage will be broadened from a man and a woman to include same-sex relationships. It will have no impact on existing marriages.” These assertions could be described as matters of opinion, matters to be discussed and debated, matters to be decided by the electorate. They are not, however, matters for the Chairperson of the Independent Referendum Commission to pronounce upon.

So says John Waters, newly-minted postmodernist for whom facts are merely opinions.

Eoghan Harris never ceases to amaze. The ability to keep utterly contradictory positions without blinking an eyelid is impressive. Better to read the whole column than try and pick anything out, but a clear winner this week in his praise for an aggressive and violent foreign policy when you are a great power and attack on the 1916 Rising because some children were killed during it (no mention of the shelling of the city by an army more than capable of crushing the rising without it though).

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week April 12, 2015

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You have to admire the loyalty the Sindo inspires in its writers. For example, Eilis O’Hanlon today defends the infamous Irish Independent editorial after the Easter Rising. Brilliant.

The editorial expresses its hope that the coalition will continue to keep the source of all evil, the public sector, in check, and not repeat the mistakes of Bertie in 2007, despite the similarities of the situation.

For the moment, the Coalition’s eye is very much on their experience in 1997. As they wrestle with the different challenge of managing prosperity, it might be more in the Coalition’s interest to learn from 2007 as distinct from 1997.

Yes, managing prosperity. That’s clearly the government’s major problem.

Sunday Independent Jaw-Dropping Statement of the Week April 5, 2015

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From this week’s editorial

The Taoiseach has correctly noted that the status of 1916, as an intrinsic part of our DNA, is a story that deserves to be told unambiguously and with pride. Instead, unease has been the central theme of our response to date. This is unfortunate to put it mildly. The birth throes of other countries were as bloody and contested. Yet, they appear to be more capable of embracing their histories and building a narrative of national solidarity. By contrast, the response of the Coalition to the issues posed by 1916 was initially appalling.

Outside of being used as an opportunity for variants of constituency largesse, the vision of the Government initially appeared to consist of the Rising centenary evolving into a Gathering-style version of historical tourism.

A late April Fool’s Day surely?

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week March 22, 2015

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For everyone interested in the 2016 commemorations, John Waters discusses how the prospect depresses him given the difference between the world the revolutionaries imagined and the Ireland of today. Worth a read.

This week’s winner, Jody Corcoran, identifies the mistake Renua Ireland is making.

A far more dramatic rethink is needed, which has been called True Progressivism. Renua Ireland has even shied from association with the word “progressivism” in favour of what a marketing slogan terms “inventive socialism”.

Yep, Renua Ireland’s embrace of a form of socialism is clearly the issue.

As a bonus, Eoghan Harris also has some serious political advice for Creighton and co.

A final plea. Could Renua please change their PR name to the more pronounceable Re Nua?

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week March 15, 2015

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The Sunday Independent’s running theme today that the current crisis in Stormont that will see Martin McGuinness miss his trip to the US for St Paddy’s Day has been manufactured in order to distract attention from the latest instances of shameful behaviour surrounding rape by members of the Provisionals. One wonders if it isn’t much more about protecting against accusations of implementing austerity in the north that could prove very damaging when running for government on an anti-austerity ticket in the south. Anyway, this week’s winner for displaying so many levels of stupidity simultaneously is from the editorial

The pragmatism of social partnership rotted Irish governance from the head down, while the same ideology stayed the hand of the self-interested Ahern administration from moving earlier to save the Celtic Tiger.

Jaw-dropping.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week: Truncated Edition March 8, 2015

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Haven’t even had time to read Eoghan Harris this week, but Eilis O’Hanlon’s piece on begrudgers seemed more alluring.

There’s no doubt, however, that begrudgery is back with a vengeance. There’s a strong undercurrent again of wanting to take things away from those who have more than they need, rather than feeling pleased for them on their behalf or aspiring to emulate them.

This new resentment of the rich partly comes from the resurrection of that old Leftist zombie lie that the reason some people do badly is because others do well, which means the person doing well has to have his wings clipped in order for others to feel the benefit.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week February 22, 2015

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This week’s editorial manages to compare Greece to Czechoslovakia in 1938, and refer to Pharisees. Brilliant. The Sindo’s resident seer Jody Corcoran, however, has a different and less sympathetic take. Congratulating himself for realising two whole weeks ago that the Greek government was in a position where it would have to do what the troika wanted. He knows where the real problems facing EU citizens lie.

The biggest threat to the stability of Europe is Vladamir Putin’s Russia, not the Greek farce played out in real-time last week for the domestic political sensibilities of 19 eurozone member states.

In fact, a case could be made that the Greek situation is not even the second biggest threat: Isis, the Islamic fundamentalist group, last week turned red with blood the Mediterranean, 220 miles south of Italy. The terror organisation seeks to give the lie to what the late Libyan leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, once said – that Islam would conquer Europe without even firing a shot (whatever about severing a head).

That’s right. ISIS is a major threat to the stability of Europe. This is ridiculously stupid, even for the Sindo.

Even stupider though is this from a certain scourge of fascistic nationalists in the north.

From time to time, an out-of-touch Fianna Fail councillor will call a Fine Gael opponent a blueshirt.

If only it were true. Because within Fine Gael, the term “blueshirt” has both negative and positive connotations.

It can mean a follower of Eoin O’Duffy’s fascism. But it can also mean a conservative Fine Gaeler who believes in a frugal public sector, a flourishing private sector and keeping a beady eye on the IRA.

The same column also says this

Why do I return so often to the subject of Irish nationalism? Because in every country, nationalism of the noxious sort is never dead, only dormant.

All it takes is a recession, a racial minority, and an atavistic anniversary, and all the old blood and soil stuff comes back in a rush.

How can this appear in the same column?

How can people actually pay to read this paper?

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week February 15, 2015

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Worth noting that Eddie Hobbs has won both damages and an apology from the Sindo. One of those instances where you wish both sides could lose.

Speaking of correcting the historical record, the Sindo has published one of those occasional columns where it praises its own economic sagacity in seeing the dangers lurking in the jungle for the Celtic Tiger. For which read 2008 after the economic troubles had started. So this week’s winner, and possibly the winner of all winner’s below.

The Sunday Independent, sometimes portrayed as a cheerleader of the boom, practically howled from its pages about the coming storm.

You might think that there is a large number of bodies of evidence to suggest that this is a load of absolute rubbish. And you wouldn’t have to go very far from this very website to find one.

Not much point quoting anything else from this week.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week: Late and Do it Yourself February 8, 2015

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No time for this this week and only just getting time to say that, though here’s some food for thought.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week February 1, 2015

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Pretty bland edition this week. However, the Sindo contains some great news: Ruth Dudley Edwards is writing a book about the signatories of the Proclamation. One to look forward to. Speaking of 1916, Eoghan Harris, scourge of militaristic nationalist rhetoric, has been thinking about what constitutes a fitting way to commemorate it next year.

But if the State is going to stake its claim to 1916 it should go for it with gusto and mark every major military aspect of the Rising. That means proper military parades, in adequate numbers, under arms in Dublin, Cork, and Galway.

In Dublin, as well as a major military parade past the GPO, it should mean spectacular ceremonies such as firing feu de joi’s every night of Easter Week from the roofs of Boland’s Mills and other 1916 strongpoints. Also a military ceremony of substance at Ashbourne.

In Cork, it would mean a military route march to Macroom in memory of Terence MacSwiney and Tomas Mac Curtain’s abortive attempt to join the Rising.

Troops should also mount a full military ceremony in Castlelyons to honour the heroism of the too often overlooked Kent brothers and their brave mother.

In Galway, troops would follow Liam Mellows’ movements across East Galway. In Kerry, there would be a military and naval ceremony at Banna Strand that would finish in Cork Harbour by marking the scuttling of the Aud.

Baffling. At least he keeps his readers on their toes as to what might come next.

Bland most of it may be, but still some of the copyrighted Sindo blend of hysteria and historical illiteracy. Eilis O’Hanlon reflects on the protests.

The probable upshot is that the President will, in future, need extra security when he goes about his engagements. Congratulations. We have become one of those countries. A place where elected representatives are not safe to walk about freely, but must watch their backs instead. Ireland never felt like that before.

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