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Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week November 22, 2015

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Ruth Dudley Edwards mounts an attack on what she sees as political correctness gone mad, this time in feminists being to blame. The fundamentals of feminism have been achieved she says.

In my lifetime, with the help of many sympathetic men, in the West, women achieved equality in education, employment, pay, marriage and pretty well everything that mattered. There were no issues outstanding that could not be worked through with persistence and goodwill.

So apparently there is no pay gap any longer. Never let the facts get in the way of a good story. An old Sindo mantra.

Meanwhile, the rubbish following the terrorist attacks by Daesh continues. Jody Corcoran is as well-informed, accurate and coherent as ever. Apparently there has been an ongoing clash of civilisations for 1,300 years between what he calls “the Western and Islamic civilisations”. A statement so ridiculously ignorant it’s not even worth beginning to point out the myriad ways in which so much wrongness is packed into so short a phrase.

Arising from that, it is evident that the West has become a soft touch, too soft for this denouement in what has been described as the clash of civilisations.

Fear not then. Last week’s attacks apparently mark the final resolution of the clash of civilisations. That is after all what the word denouement means. And it’s not like anyone at the Sindo just throws words at the page without thinking about whether they mean what they say. So we can rest assured it’s all over.

Oh wait, hold on. He also says this

This clash of civilisations will continue for years to come, a mere blink of an eye in terms of global history. The people of Europe will have to become accustomed to events such as the savagery that occurred in Paris.

So not a denouement after all. And yet,

In a timeline of 1,300 years, we may be approaching a denouement, but there is no certainty an accommodation will be reached, let alone that a softened West will prevail.

Make up your mind Jody. Still, what can you expect from someone who thinks the Iraq War was caused by an Islamic masterplan to take over Europe?

Amazing when Eoghan Harris is something approaching the voice of reason, apologising for comments he made following the Charlie Hebdo attacks.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week November 15, 2015

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As expected, the murderous attacks by fascistic religiously-inspired fanatics in Paris provoke all sorts of stupidity in the Sindo, including pathetic attempts to link socialists who oppose Daesh and its like with it, while ignoring who has been arming and training those types in Syria. Here is a representative and outlandishly stupid sample from Brendan O’Connor

Because make no mistake, there are those who will not rest until every aspect of our everyday lives is poisoned by terrorism. “As long as you keep bombing, you will not live in peace. You will fear even travelling to the market,” Isil says.

And there are those who agree to an extent with that sentiment; who argue that it is our fault, that we should appease Isil and that that will make them stop.

Except of course literally no-one is saying this. Except, of course, the voices in Brendan O’Connor’s head. If he wants to look at idiotic and dangerous statements made in the aftermath of these attacks, he should look no further than the end lines of his own column.

The men who did this sprang from Muslim communities in France, as do a huge amount of those fighting with Isil. These communities, and Muslim communities in all Western countries, need to become cold houses for radicalism.

Or they will find very quickly that, rightly or wrongly, westerners will decide that Muslims have no place in free 21st-century democracies.

If the laws in this country were any use, such speech would be punishable as incitement to hatred.

There’s plenty more where that came from from the other columnists too.

For a different type of stupidity in a related piece, Jim Cusack, in his rush to praise his sources, seems to have forgotten the existence of the British Army, as well as not being able to count back to the start of the Troubles correctly.

Details of the training plan are secret but the Irish Army is unique in having the longest and most in-depth experience in countering terrorist explosive attacks, given its 30 years of experience in countering the IRA and subsequent experience in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week November 1, 2015

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Another poor week from the Sindo. Has it lost its sparkle?

Deadpan as Leslie Neilson, Jody Corcoran has the crystal ball out from now until 2018 or so. Not sure if the article is intended to be as farcical as the Naked Gun or not.

Fear not, because in the election after this, the Labour Party nest will be all but vacant, awaiting its latest cuckoo after Democratic Left.
After the split, those bright young Shinners may lead the tentative left wing alternative in Labour, joined by those in Right2Change with no home to go to.
And who better to head such a new alternative than Mary Lou McDonald, leader of new Labour, but with no overarching army council calling the shots?

Shane Ross has weighed in on the Right2Change issue.

Last week it baffled me to discover that Ireland’s modern day apologists for old-style socialism were leaping into bed with the bearded brethren, the last bastions of the Irish ruling classes.

One might have thought people like Shane Ross, the Sindo and its owners, compose the last bastion of the ruling class.

Emer O’Kelly has a story on the Abbey Theatre’s plans for 2016 (short version: entirely predictable). Some stuff in her piece about the centrality of secularism to republicanism you could only agree with. However, a prize for anyone who can make any coherence out of her final paragraph.

We may be prepared to make a present of our notion of republicanism to everyone; but perhaps it is time to realise that not everybody wants to accept it, including “everyone on this island”. And perhaps that realisation might be the first step towards actually achieving a Republic. Maybe even acknowledging that democratic parliamentarianism should be our goal, since constitutional monarchies have in many cases far exceeded our goals of equality and inclusiveness? After all, Sean O’Casey chose to live most of his life in Torquay.

So we need to achieve a republic, and the means to do so is to place the whole island back into the UK. Because that’s what Wolfe Tone wanted. Or something.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week October 25, 2015

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Scare Story Sunday hits the Sindo, with column after column about the dangers to the entire body politic from the possibility of Gerry, Mary Lou and co. entering government. None of them are worth quoting to be honest. And all are topped in the scare story sweep stakes by Anthony Cronin who fears World War III might break out for inexplicable reasons over Syria (just like WWI apparently broke out for inexplicable reasons too). In a piece that singularly fails to mention the involvement of the US et al in backing the people fighting Assad (though it does give a token mention to the Saudis), we are offered this gem.

Equally, around Putin, the latest, armed and active recruit to Assad’s side, hang the deathly shadows of Stalinism and the Cold War.

What to say?

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week October 11, 2015

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One of those weeks where the Sindo is more bland than outright stupid or downright evil. I’m sure though you all want to know what “smart ideas” “big thinkers” from business have for the budget, so here you go.

Actually worth a read is Eoghan Harris’s column, where he addresses the recent spat over the Sindo coverage of John Hume in 1993.

Jody Corcoran, however, does deliver for us

Joan Burton still thinks the dog days of winter are a better time to go to the polls. The public sector will have its pay restored; people will have money in their pockets and all of the rest of it, which misses the point.

Restored. There’s a new meaning for that word, meaning: slightly less massively slashed than they have been over the last near-decade.

Brendan O’Connor, meanwhile, wins even though one can only hope this is self-parody.

That kind of thing has been largely lost in the mists of time now, mainly by a fairly stunning economic turnaround. While people don’t tend to actively give Enda credit for this, they are willing to give him the benefit of the doubt that he didn’t stand in the way of it. Noonan is the man who mainly gets the credit. To many, he is our Churchill.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week September 27, 2015

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Richard Curran reveals the problem with attracting sufficient inward investment in the hi-tech sector

We don’t have the right tax system in place because we actually penalise entrepreneurs in the tax code.

Eoghan Harris reveals his continuing adherence to a dialectical approach to politics before rounding off his column with this gem on what the government should do to address the crisis sparked by the McGuigan murder.

Accordingly, it should signal its support for both by appointing a new Assistant Commissioner, with extensive experience in combating subversion.
This AC should head up a new and well-resourced section with sole responsibility for tackling IRA crime.
Such a move would do something to protect those who have what is the most difficult job in Irish journalism: security correspondents.

Just when you thought the Sindo couldn’t get any more surreal.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week September 13, 2015

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Not a lot today, but Ian O’Doherty weighs in with some hardcore male chauvinist trolling on the furore over sexism in the London legal profession.

At what point did Third Wave feminism turn women from strong, assertive equals into a bunch of whiny, mewling, delicate little snowflakes?

She thinks her prospects have been harmed because she’s a woman, but more likely it’s because nobody wants to work alongside a sour-faced bint who sees offence where none is intended and shames people on social media whenever she is “offended”.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week September 6, 2015

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I’m sure the poetry fans among you will be delighted to read Alan Shatter’s take on the refugee crisis. There nothing’s more to say.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week: Broken WIFI Edition August 23, 2015

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My wifi is not working properly, so over to yourselves

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week August 16, 2015

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Ruth Dudley Edwards offering an expert opinion on the Labour leadership contest.

I would wager that 98pc of the Labour Party hadn’t heard of Corbyn until he was nominated to run for leadership of the party after it was thrown into confusion in May by an electoral disaster it hadn’t expected.

A clear winner.


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