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Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week: Nothing Again August 20, 2017

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If you want to read an article on Diana Spencer you can. but that’s about it from today as far as I can tell, apart from the editorial on the Olympics committee. Disappointing

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Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week: Nowt Edition August 13, 2017

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Very, very few things online, and not really anything of interest. Though if you are a fashionista, you might enjoy a story about who might be the most stylish feudal remnant in Europe. It’s stuff like that in a republic that make you better understand where the cultural revolution came from.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week August 6, 2017

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Not much online yet (not even the editorial), but there is Some rhetoric straight from the Tories in the 1945 General Election, when Churchill said Labour would need its own Gestapo if it won.

Frankly, when you look at the likes of Corbyn and Livingstone and plenty of their acolytes in this country, you get the impression that they wouldn’t mind having their own little secret police force.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week July 23, 2017

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Parallel universe this week, where Ruth Dudley Edwards is posing as a guardian of the Irish language. She has also identified another example of extreme nationalism threatening all and sundry

The minister has positively Trumplike impulses to be seen as an action man on the international stage, while at home he seems driven by a desire to impress Cork South-Central, where one of his rival TDs is Deputy Martin. If you’re trying to live down a prosperous merchant-prince background in The Rebel County while challenging a fluent Irish-speaker who leads the Republican Party, “hollow posturing” involving snuggling up to Sinn Fein and annoying unionists must seem very tempting and the hell with the welfare of the language.

An amazing couple of sentences on so many levels.

Elsewhere, there are musings on the Cruiser and the peace process and on U2 and Leo Varadakar that might be cause for amusement.

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.

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