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Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week November 27, 2016

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This story on reactions to Michael D’s statement on Fidel obviously contains a great deal of stupidity.

Ruth Dudley Edwards foams at the mouth about Higgins, looking for the government to shut him up. Why?

What with Brexit and Hillary Clinton’s defeat, Ireland is having a torrid time and needs all the friends can get. I can’t comment on what President Higgins thinks are good seduction techniques, but I wouldn’t have thought that at a time when the Government is trying to woo Donald Trump, this is a good time to reveal his opposition to everything he stands for.

So there we are. All policy decisions to be made on the basis of pleasing Trump.

Sunday Independent Not Stupid Statement of the Week November 20, 2016

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Maybe I’m too full of Christmas cheer before it’s even December but this week it seemed worth highlighting a couple of more sensible columns instead of the usual rubbish.

Brendan O’Connor has a piece with some good stuff on the causes behind the enormous rise in rents, and who is benefiting from them.

Yet somehow, someone, somewhere decided that we should make it almost impossible for the young to buy houses unless they or their parents have loads of cash, while at the same time making it handier for guys like David and his gang to buy property to rent to those same young people.

There is, you could say, a clear policy here of social engineering, a decision to push young people out of home ownership and into renting at hugely inflated rents.

And of course Gene Kerrigan

Sustainable, all of it, it seems, as a thin layer of people make a financial killing.

We urgently need municipal housing, directly built, not tinkering with incentives in the hope the private sector will do the job – it won’t. We urgently need rent controls.

But, no – such measures would be “interfering with the market”.

There’s only one market we’re allowed to interfere with, and that’s the labour market – where we must hammer anyone who seeks a decent wage. Increasing profits and executive salaries and bonuses and pensions and dividends – all of that’s sustainable. But not wage demands.

Presumably normal service will be restored next week.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week November 13, 2016

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Trump’s election may well embolden the Sindo to become even siller judging by this from Niamh Horan.

So if you hold some quiet admiration for the businessman, it may be a little comforting to discover you are not alone.

The silent majority finally came out last week.

Every single group which the mainstream media, social-justice warriors and political elite claimed Trump hated carried him to victory.
The poor, blacks and Hispanics and yes – even 53pc of white American women – gave this election to Trump.

They rejected the suffocating political correctness in favour of tangible change: jobs, financial security and rebuilding the American economy.

Someone should really explain the electoral college system to her. A means of counting votes devised to limit the power of the popular vote has once again done its job, just as it did in 2000, denying the candidate with more votes victory. So no, the silent majority have not proven to be pro-Trump. Of course the Sindo has form here, stating in 2010 that Cameron won the election, when he never won a majority.

The concluding line however is the silliest:

We would do well to have someone like him on our team.

Job done this week.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week November 6, 2016

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Sindo rubbish today. However, Eoghan Harris is fighting against the Cork IRA of 100 years ago and Cork academia of today in his column regarding the question of whether people shot back then were spies or not. However, he also has another target too.

Howlin set a new low in political hypocrisy last Friday on RTE Radio news. The same politician who negotiated the Lansdowne Road Agreement was now calling for the acceleration of pay restoration.
The Lansdowne lion is now down and the public sector unions will soon finish their feast and move on to bigger prey.

The fat cats will get fatter. The great majority of working people will suffer. For shame.

Union members in the public sector are now fat cats. Not even the leaders, but the membership. Must be hard having always to top your own hyperbole.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week October 30, 2016

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Scare story of Halloween week goes to Jim Cusack anyway

The big issue facing Enda Kenny over the garda strike will be at the point at which he picks up the phone to tell the chief-of-staff of the Defence Forces to deploy soldiers.

It may never happen but the need could arise, and quickly. Empty garda stations could come under attack in areas where there are sufficient numbers of disaffected young people.

In an escalating situation, demonstrations infiltrated by republican or other subversive elements could coincide with the absence of gardai seeking better pay. Either the State chequebook or the Army will need to be brought out.

Meanwhile, here is a comment by Eoin O’Malley on the teacher’s strike.

The Great Bertie Buy Off mistook managerialism for progress, and the unions went along for the ride. The unions sold out professional autonomy for extra money. The State didn’t realise that many of its employees are professionals, and true professionals don’t count their hours, they want to do their job well.

For professionals the most powerful management system is the desire to be respected by their peers. It has the advantage in that it is more or less constant and it’s free.

That”s right, true professionals do work for hours when they are not paid, and all they care about is what other people think of them and not their wages. Which might explain why the pay of true professionals like CEOs who show us the way we should all be like Michael O’Leary has risen at a rate exponentially greater over the last 40 years or so than the pay of the people at the coalface. Because they don’t care about silly things like money or stock options or yachts or grace and favour houses. All they care about is being respected. Just like Sindo journalists who all work for free.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week: DIY October 23, 2016

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Have to go out today so can’t do this properly, but here is a starter from Eoghan, where he also criticises the Gardaí and the threat of a strike.

Likewise, Fianna Fail’s foolish love affair with the public sector unions is now a heavy underwater drag on what should have been a clear sail to power.
Middle Ireland is alienated by Fianna Fail’s failure to take a hard centrist political position on one of the major issues facing the country: the threat of a public sector pay stampede.

The real story of our “recovery” is belied by the state of public pay, as revealed by the only two financial journalists courageous enough to confront this core issue: Dan O’Brien and David McWilliams.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week October 16, 2016

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Pretty sure we’ve had this sentiment as the winner before (from a many time winner), but takes the biscuit this week too

The private sector has no political party to protect its interests. My hunch is that this huge hole in national politics will be filled in the near future.

Otherwise, a boring and slow week.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week September 18, 2016

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Brendan O’Connor is in a forgiving mood this week

People are already losing interest in the Nama story. There is a general acceptance that Nama could have done better, but really, most of us, much like Noonan, want to consign Nama to the dustbin of history. The Nama guys were hired to not act like civil servants, and being out in the real world usually involves leaving something on the table for the next guy in any deal, so you know, do we really need to waste a load of time and money to figure out that was what happened?

Being out in the real world usually means the state handing over massive sums of cash to the private sector while the media and business groups pretend none of that happens more like. Even the editorial says NAMA must be held to account.

Meanwhile, a certain former senator is worried about the potential damage of the decade of centenaries.

Let us not fool ourselves. The 1916 celebrations have already raised the political temperature.

Hence the rise in support for a united Ireland and the increasing green bile on political websites.

The fact that there has been no spike in violent incidents or in support for same during the 1916 centenary is of course of much less importance than what some people say on the net.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week September 11, 2016

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This interview with John Halligan will be of interest to people. So will this column by Stephen Donnelly. Meanwhile, a return to stupid form by the Sindo this week and, encouragingly, by an almost entirely different set of people than normal. The future for this feature may be bright after all.

A quite vomitous column on strikes, in which once again workers trying to protect their conditions are attacked on the grounds that others have worse conditions.

As Celtic Tiger cubs, we grew up with the notion we were going to be fitter, stronger and live longer, fuller lives than those who came before us.
Bank collapses, economic devastation and continuous financial threats have leveraged our futures against Mike Ashley’s zero hour contracts and a culture of job hopping.

Those from ‘generation emigration’ who stayed at home could go on strike in search of better conditions, but battling against contracts that run out every 12 months, we are reminded we are instantly replaceable.
A conveyor belt of desperate graduates worried about how they will pay their over-inflated rents lie waiting to capitalise on any job openings.

That is why the industrial action at Dublin Bus now, and Transdev before it, is so maddening for younger generations.

Can’t believe this rubbish is being wheeled out yet again.

Perhaps the silliest comment this year comes in a discussion of the Social Democrats.

Murphy and Shortall betrayed their hard-left leanings by running scared of responsibility when it was offered to them by Fine Gael and Fianna Fail.

The headline is a peach too.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week September 4, 2016

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Good to see the Sindo allowing poor oppressed Tim Cook to give voice to his outrage on behalf of the people of Ireland.

You have to admire the audacity of this by Dan O’Brien when writing about Apple.

This column will focus on just two issues: the economic consequences for Ireland; and whether last week’s decision is part of a trend in which EU institutions are becoming less even-handed in their treatment of small countries compared with more powerful countries. The conclusion, in a nutshell, is that there is more to worry about in relation to the second issue than the first.

Yep, enforcing actual taxation on conglomerates is the same as shifting scores of billions of losses onto the plain people of Ireland. If you hate Irish Water, support Apple.

It being 2016, I suppose it was inevitable we would have to see one of the most annoying phrases in the Irish political lexicon applied to this situation too, by Eoin O’Malley

At one stage in its history, Fianna Fail would have jumped at the chance to challenge the government to ‘take the money’, an option some seem to think is open to us. It’s a sign of Fianna Fail’s political maturity that it issued a measured statement to seek clarity on the legality of the Commission decision.

There you go. Not seeking taxes is a sign of political maturity, as is whitewashing imperialist war. Sindo Bingo Full House

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