Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week July 24, 2016Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
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Not a lot this week of any interest but Dan O’Brien today muses on parallels with the 1930s following the 2008 crash.
For all the talk about the rise of extremists today, eight years on from the crash that still defines our age, the moderate centre has held in democratic Europe. While frustrated voters now rarely give governments a second term, most switch to other centrists parties. In only a handful of countries – Hungary, Greece and Poland – could it be claimed that governments are not fully signed up to liberal democratic values.
You would like to think that in Greece he is talking about the nationalist junior coalition party, but no, he actually thinks the major party in the Greek government somehow rejects liberal democratic values. Maybe he missed all the liberal democratic cuts they’ve been making.
Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week July 17, 2016Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
Sheer nonsense this week from a certain prominent columnist
My few bob on Portugal was based not on football form, but on two traits in the Portuguese national character which I admire greatly for two reasons.
First, the Duke of Wellington, not easily impressed, praised the stoic character of Portuguese troops under fire.
Second, thanks to the dictatorial Salazar, Portugal was one of the few countries to reject anti-Semitism at a time when European democracies were willingly rounding up Jews.
Say what now?
Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week July 10, 2016Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
Broadly speaking, a boring week with not much of any interest, stupid or not. However, in the week of the Chilcott report and the commemorations of the Somme, Eoghan Harris strikes gold.
Like the glib dismissal of Great War Irish soldiers as ‘cannon fodder’, this demeans their sacrifice.
Like the Irish soldiers in World War One, the American, British and Irish soldiers who died in Iraq fell in the cause of freedom.
Surely that should be their proud epitaph?
Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week July 3, 2016Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
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Can’t do this properly today alas. But here’s Eoghan Harris not reading his own paper
But recently, I have been revolted by how educated people, including journalists, feel entitled to express opinions for which the only accurate adjective is racist.
Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week June 26, 2016Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
Kudos to the commentator here who predicted that the result of the UK referendum would be an appeal for a unity government in the Republic. The Sindo editorial comes close enough
In that regard, and to use that much abused term, now really is a time to put on the green jersey. The tentative new administration here should be afforded every support by those progressive parties and members of the Opposition who must surely understand that, in the round, Ireland’s membership of the EU has been to the good, and, further that this country’s economic, cultural and social relationship with the UK must also be preserved insofar as those two ideals remain compatible.
Eoghan Harris meanwhile had this to say about how Cameron should have responded to the vote
Second, Cameron has shown further weakness by stepping down instead of stepping up to the plate.
The result of the referendum is not legaly binding. Parliament is sovereign.
Cameron should have rejected the result as too close for a national consensus and put the matter to the House of Commons.
There’s the defender of democracy for you.
But even on it’s own terms, it’s a crazy argument (and it’s disturbing to see Labour MPs like David Lammy making similar ones): the referendum revealed a large disconnect between the political elite and democratically-expressed popular opinion. The idea that ignoring democratically-expressed popular opinion would be a sensible thing to do is fanciful, and would have extremely dangerous consequences. Stupidity indeed.
Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week May 22, 2016Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
Eoghan Harris is in great form this week.
That is why the Labour parliamentary party’s failure to provide a seconder for Alan Kelly is beyond belief. Because Kelly was the only leader who might have lifted that party’s morale.
Far from facing the fact that Labour needed a fighting alpha male like Kelly, the party leadership preferred cagey and cautious characters like Howlin and Sherlock.
In fact, it so disliked Kelly’s combative style that it brazenly disenfranchised its own rank and file membership, which was looking for someone a lot harder than Howlin.
Why the antipathy against Kelly’s honest passion for power? Surprisingly, Patrick Pearse rather than James Connolly can supply an answer.
Pearse sardonically remarked that the greatest fear of the Irish bourgeoisie was to be seen going down Grafton Street with a brown paper parcel.
Alan Kelly is Labour’s brown paper parcel. He is not politically correct, not loved by the cosmopolitian media, not in thrall to the liberal agenda, and comes from a humble background.
But Spartacus Kelly was just what the rank and file of the party needed to restore its fighting spirit.
Surely he means SpartAK47us?
Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week May 15, 2016Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
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Dan O’Brien must be living in a different Ireland to everybody else
If a foreigner with no knowledge of this country had spent last week here attempting to understand our general political orientation, they might well have concluded that we are a nation of leftists and reflexive statists. On some of the most discussed issues of the week – housing, health and welfare – far more voices were heard in the broadcast media calling for the government to address all of our ills. Many of these voices held private enterprise in suspicion, if not contempt.
That contempt for the private sector. Ruins my experience every time I turn on the tv, the radio, or pick up a newspaper.
Meanwhile, the new Minister for Transport has received a bit of a shock on discovering that public sector workers don’t just work 9-5, and do a lot of unpaid work in the evenings and at weekends.
My first working day as Minister for Transport was on the Sabbath. Slave drivers, these public servants. Or at least some of them.
That’s a fine way for a minister to raise morale. Suggest most of his workers, and most workers in the public sector, are slackers. Brilliant.
Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week April 24, 2016Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
Colm McCarthy gives us the benefit of his take on representative democracy
The public has been deluged with assertions that a majority of successful candidates at the recent election promised to scrap household water charges and that it would be undemocratic not to do so. This is as deep a misunderstanding of the electoral process as can be imagined.
Yes, yes it is.
Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week April 17, 2016Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
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Nothing but blandness this week to be honest, so just to note Feargal Keane talking about the significance of the centenary of the start of the civil war might be of interest to people.
Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week April 10, 2016Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
This weeks’s winner is a guest columnist
By the year 2000 Ireland had become the fourth most competitive country in the world. Growing at 11pc, the economy was the most successful in the EU. There was full employment. The budget was in surplus. Public debt, at around 20pc, was, after Luxembourg, the lowest in the EU.
Less than a decade later, Ireland was insolvent and in the hands of the Troika. Competitiveness had plummeted by 35pc, unemployment was growing towards 15pc. The public sector pay bill had become so great and social welfare payments so generous that Ireland became bankrupt and one of the EU’s most indebted countries.
The word ‘banks’ does not appear anywhere in this column. Fantasy stuff.