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Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week July 19, 2015

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Eoghan Harris in touch with popular opinion in this week’s handsdown winner

But now is the right time for FF to rehabilitate the Taoiseach who brought peace to the island.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week July 12, 2015

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The Sindo seems in a good mood this week, partly due to this.

Daniel McConnell offers the type of high-quality political and economic analysis for which the Sindo is so widely loved.

But it was during the boom years, with the farcical 2002 benchmarking process and allowing social partnership to dominate government policy, that Ahern’s desire to be loved was a primary cause of the economy becoming derailed.

I’d forgotten that social partnership was all the result of Bertie’s personal desire to be loved, and that it was the cause of the speculation in the banks and of the government’s decision to bail the banks out. Good job we have someone there to remind us.

First sentence of the Eoghan Harris column:

Thank God for Michael Noonan. Thank God for a Minister for Finance who acts with good authority.

You can imagine the rest.

This week’s winner is Ruth Dudley Edwards’ entire column, about how we are on the slippery slope after the legalisation of gay marriage, which climaxes thus

To confuse the issue further, Virginia, the daughter of the distinguished conservative thinker TE Utley, has asked the prime minister and the chancellor to tell her “what a family is”.

She has shared a house with her sister for years and they would like to wed so they can get the benefits that accrue to married people.

“I am sure,” she told them, “that you will not say No to us when you said Yes to all the others… Because that wouldn’t be fair, would it?”

Quite.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week July 5, 2015

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Just when you thought that the Sindo had scraped the bottom of the barrel. Apparently there’s always a lower level. From the editorial.

It is self-evident that the vast majority of Muslims are not terrorists or supporters of terrorism. But all self-identified Islamic terrorists are by definition Muslims until the majority of their co-religionists make it clear that they are not.

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.

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