Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week May 24, 2015Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
I’ll cheerfully admit that I may have missed lots this week. I got this far, and could read no further.
The first duty of a political columnist is tell the truth and shame the devil. Let me do both by saying the sweet visit of Prince Charles was soured by the antics of Gerry Adams.
From Colm McCarthy discussing the need for public sector pay restraint. Can you spot what he left out?
The reductions in public service pay have been painful, but they have been imposed as part of a very important and quite unavoidable restoration project. That project, only partly accomplished, is the construction of a sustainable model of economic management for a small country that lost the plot for a full decade. A very visible manifestation was the explosion in public service pay costs up to 2009. Since then, there have been reductions in pay levels as well as voluntary severance arrangements that have reduced the numbers of public servants. The burden of future public service pension costs has also been moderated. These measures were enacted because the revenues of the State were inadequate to meet all commitments, to the extent that the State itself lost its credit-worthiness and had to resort to the humiliation of reliance on official lenders.
No time to do this properly this week, but just to note this from Eoghan Harris in a piece that discusses Gallipoli and the Armenian genocide.
With the ground cleared, McCarthy went on to point out that the process of making peace with our past had been smoothly moved along by David Davin-Power’s Gallipoli – Ireland’s Forgotten Heroes.
Remember the Armenian genocide, but forget the crimes of the imperialist great European powers.
Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week April 26, 2015Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
There’s loads of reactionary nonsense in the Sindo today, but a clear winner has emerged. Willie Kealy with the true voice of the Irish bourgeoisie in an article calling for the property tax to be scrapped, but the water charges to stay.
Why haven’t you and others in a similar situation been out protesting? Maybe it’s because you have a job to go to. Or it could be that really you are not one of nature’s complainers. Almost half of those who go on water protests do not have full-time work, according to a survey just published.
Don’t know why he didn’t go the whole hog and call for the return of property restrictions on the franchise. It’s what he really wants.
Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week April 19, 2015Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
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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.
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, 2015Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
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, 2015Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
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, 2015Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
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, 2015Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
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.
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.