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Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week June 21, 2015

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Fantastic case of Sindo misdirection by Charlie Weston, who supports calls from Barnardos for primary education to be made truly free by extra investment to cover the costs parents are currently paying. How does he do this?

We are apparently able to find €566m over three years to fund pay restoration for public servants. Some would argue that this is a scandalous, voting-buying, waste of scarce resources, given that these workers have job security, are among the best paid in the State, and have pensions that are the envy of the private sector.

South Park has the appropriate response to this covered.

I couldn’t take any more after this, so there may be a more worthy winner this week.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week June 14, 2015

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No time to do this properly this week, but time enough to pick out this gem from Daniel McConnell who continues to rewrite his own view from the time of Brian Lenihan, never mind invent the view of everyone else in the country.

To the public, Lenihan was the rookie finance minister who got to grips with the crisis and who, in the absence of their Taoiseach, looked to him for reassurance and leadership.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week June 7, 2015

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If anyone is interested in what the Labour Party minister for Business and Employment thinks about the Dunnes Stores strike, you can read all about it in the Sindo. Here is his starting position.

For those of us in the Labour Party, the basic requirements for a decent working life must be maintained. Employment policy must always strike the right balance between enterprise’s need for flexibility and adaptability with a worker’s right to job security – to a basic level of predictability in the terms and conditions of work. That’s what I am working to achieve in Government.

Just don’t say jobsbridge.

Don’t have time to do this properly today, but here is Niamh Horan with some feminism, Sindo-style, discussing the banned Yves Saint Laurent photo.

My knee-jerk reaction was ‘no’ because – instead of ad campaigns and fashion photography – I like to save my ire for things that really matter like, oh, I don’t know, freedom of speech, the gender pay gap and the fact that our politicians still won’t let women have a say over their own bodies.

Good job the media has no power in influence people, eh.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week May 31, 2015

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I see possibly the stupidest Sindo story ever has already been noted here. Particularly interesting was the fact that security and northern expert Jim Cusack seems to not know about the public LVF decommissioning in 1998. A clearly trustworthy source.

Not a great week for stupidity otherwise, though that may just be everything else paling in comparison. There is, however, possibly the most random attack on anonymous lefties ever in a piece on the economy in rural Ireland by Sarah Carey.

We’re well accustomed to the grievances of people, particularly west of the Shannon, that the crowd in Dublin forgot about them. But there was still a sense that you could make up the lost ground. Isn’t this what drove the farming classes to get their children into college, off the land and into a safe job? The begrudgery of left-wing commentators at this mobility was always a sight to behold.

Dan O’Brien, however, does not let us down.

‘The public sector did not cause the crash”. Whenever the issue of public sector pay comes up, in relation to past cuts or, now, when the case is made to increase it, this point is inevitably made. Nobody watching the extraordinary testimony of former public servant, Patrick Neary, to the Banking Inquiry last Thursday could deny that failings in the public sector were a significant cause of the crash.

Like me, I am sure you can’t wait for his promised column telling us who should be the next bank regulator.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week May 24, 2015

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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.

Sunday Independent Most Intellectually Dishonest Statement of the Week May 17, 2015

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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.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week: DIY May 3, 2015

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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, 2015

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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, 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.

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