Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week February 22, 2015Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
This week’s editorial manages to compare Greece to Czechoslovakia in 1938, and refer to Pharisees. Brilliant. The Sindo’s resident seer Jody Corcoran, however, has a different and less sympathetic take. Congratulating himself for realising two whole weeks ago that the Greek government was in a position where it would have to do what the troika wanted. He knows where the real problems facing EU citizens lie.
The biggest threat to the stability of Europe is Vladamir Putin’s Russia, not the Greek farce played out in real-time last week for the domestic political sensibilities of 19 eurozone member states.
In fact, a case could be made that the Greek situation is not even the second biggest threat: Isis, the Islamic fundamentalist group, last week turned red with blood the Mediterranean, 220 miles south of Italy. The terror organisation seeks to give the lie to what the late Libyan leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, once said – that Islam would conquer Europe without even firing a shot (whatever about severing a head).
That’s right. ISIS is a major threat to the stability of Europe. This is ridiculously stupid, even for the Sindo.
Even stupider though is this from a certain scourge of fascistic nationalists in the north.
From time to time, an out-of-touch Fianna Fail councillor will call a Fine Gael opponent a blueshirt.
If only it were true. Because within Fine Gael, the term “blueshirt” has both negative and positive connotations.
It can mean a follower of Eoin O’Duffy’s fascism. But it can also mean a conservative Fine Gaeler who believes in a frugal public sector, a flourishing private sector and keeping a beady eye on the IRA.
The same column also says this
Why do I return so often to the subject of Irish nationalism? Because in every country, nationalism of the noxious sort is never dead, only dormant.
All it takes is a recession, a racial minority, and an atavistic anniversary, and all the old blood and soil stuff comes back in a rush.
How can this appear in the same column?
How can people actually pay to read this paper?
Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week February 15, 2015Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
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Worth noting that Eddie Hobbs has won both damages and an apology from the Sindo. One of those instances where you wish both sides could lose.
Speaking of correcting the historical record, the Sindo has published one of those occasional columns where it praises its own economic sagacity in seeing the dangers lurking in the jungle for the Celtic Tiger. For which read 2008 after the economic troubles had started. So this week’s winner, and possibly the winner of all winner’s below.
The Sunday Independent, sometimes portrayed as a cheerleader of the boom, practically howled from its pages about the coming storm.
You might think that there is a large number of bodies of evidence to suggest that this is a load of absolute rubbish. And you wouldn’t have to go very far from this very website to find one.
Not much point quoting anything else from this week.
No time for this this week and only just getting time to say that, though here’s some food for thought.
Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week February 1, 2015Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
Pretty bland edition this week. However, the Sindo contains some great news: Ruth Dudley Edwards is writing a book about the signatories of the Proclamation. One to look forward to. Speaking of 1916, Eoghan Harris, scourge of militaristic nationalist rhetoric, has been thinking about what constitutes a fitting way to commemorate it next year.
But if the State is going to stake its claim to 1916 it should go for it with gusto and mark every major military aspect of the Rising. That means proper military parades, in adequate numbers, under arms in Dublin, Cork, and Galway.
In Dublin, as well as a major military parade past the GPO, it should mean spectacular ceremonies such as firing feu de joi’s every night of Easter Week from the roofs of Boland’s Mills and other 1916 strongpoints. Also a military ceremony of substance at Ashbourne.
In Cork, it would mean a military route march to Macroom in memory of Terence MacSwiney and Tomas Mac Curtain’s abortive attempt to join the Rising.
Troops should also mount a full military ceremony in Castlelyons to honour the heroism of the too often overlooked Kent brothers and their brave mother.
In Galway, troops would follow Liam Mellows’ movements across East Galway. In Kerry, there would be a military and naval ceremony at Banna Strand that would finish in Cork Harbour by marking the scuttling of the Aud.
Baffling. At least he keeps his readers on their toes as to what might come next.
Bland most of it may be, but still some of the copyrighted Sindo blend of hysteria and historical illiteracy. Eilis O’Hanlon reflects on the protests.
The probable upshot is that the President will, in future, need extra security when he goes about his engagements. Congratulations. We have become one of those countries. A place where elected representatives are not safe to walk about freely, but must watch their backs instead. Ireland never felt like that before.
Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week January 18, 2015Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
Good work from Eoghan Harris displaying his talent for measuring the pulse of the plain people of Ireland and his superior understanding of Irish history.
Naturally most Irish people would prefer to talk about the politics of the next Government. This is partly because many people are fearful about the future of Islam in Ireland. So naturally they hope if they turn away it will go away.
As soon as Daniel O’Connell single-handedly invented Irish democracy we dived into it joyously, not just like a duck taking to water but like a whale. Which is why I call the electorate Moby Dick.
Meanwhile, noted tv critic Martin Mansergh focuses on the important aspects of the tv show Charlie, and the lifestyle of the man whose tale it told.
For the record, rather than as dramatic criticism, some differences from reality should be pointed out. Abbeville – the Haughey family home in Kinsealy, which was rescued from dilapidation – is a big house with some important architectural features designed by noted architect James Gandon. While comfortable, it was never palatial. A lot of government work was done there.
More than makes up for all that corruption I’m sure you’ll agree.
Finally, this from the editorial
We have consistently argued that the Coalition deserves a kinder fate than political annihilation. That, however, is the fate they will most assuredly suffer if all that is offered to us is a return to the way things were. The Government, somewhat obviously, intends to make stability one of the central principles of the next election. The attraction is understandable, but if the Coalition is not careful their appeal may evolve into a vast strategic error which will only accelerate the hostile spirit of a citizenry thirsting for change. The voters know Lucinda Creighton, Shane Ross, Michael Fitzmaurice and Stephen Donnelly are not Syria and will not appreciate too well any attempt to herd them into a state of false consciousness on this matter.
Not sure what the last sentence is trying to say. Dooes mean Syriza and not Syria? Quite literally nonsense either way.
Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week January 11, 2015Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
An outstandingly historically illiterate column from Thomas Molloy comparing today to the Victorian era is not the worst today. Nor is this meditation on James Connolly’s anti-intellectualism, which apparently denied him a capacity for abstraction, irony, and contradiction. The author must never have actually read any Connolly. Eddie Hobbs describing his own abilities and why he would make a good minister is pretty eye-opening.
Eoghan Harris stands up for “Western values” against the Islamist threat, given the failures of western leftists and liberals to do so. He does this by denying the “myth” of a majority of moderate Muslims (too many have a sneaking regard he says, then gives figures of under 20%, while also conflating belief in religious laws being more important than civil ones with support for terrorism), and then by quoting a Muslim of “good authority” whose values apparently chime with his own view of western values and Islam. The current Egyptian President. Harris finishes with this.
Time we stood firm for Western values, for democracy, for a free press. But the best way to honour the brave men who died in Paris for all we hold dear, is to stop the PC sermons and tell the truth.
The truth is that there is no sadder sign of political degeneration than this column.
The return of someone who has been missing from the Stupid Statement of late, Marc Coleman, who reveals a radical re-interpretation of austerity.
So given the left favours tax rises over spending cuts, austerity has been far more left-wing in character than right-wing, as the preferences of the left – retaining public spending – have trumped tax cuts.
Apparently paying money to speculators while cutting public services in health, education etc. is the same as spending on creating and maintaining a welfare state. It’s all government spending, so it must be the same. And this guy worked for the European Central Bank?
Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week December 28, 2014Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
New editor, same stupidity. The last line of this week’s editorial says all that needs to be said.
Indeed, in truth such is our current state of chaos even if three wise men did arrive, they might depart as swiftly as the Troika. Some indeed would now say the latter were our wise men; if we had but known.
Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week December 21, 2014Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
Today is a sad day, being Anne Harris’s last edition in charge. I’m sure that a new editor will not make a blind bit of difference, and it will be as dreadful as ever.
Dan O’Brien is filled with Christmas cheer and joy at the spectacular economic recovery in 2014
If that recovery remains on track, 2014 will also be remembered as the year that a half decade of austerity ended. Despite the view of many economists at home and abroad that the Coalition should have stuck closer to its original deficit-reduction plan, political factors made that impossible.
He’s also ignoring those economists at home and abroad, including in some surprising places, who have been arguing austerity hasn’t been working. And apparently 15,000 extra jobs (the quality of which go unmnentioned) over NINE MONTHS is apparently an astoundingly good performance.
At least the editor leaves on a high note, with just a tinge of a worldview long abandoned being pressed into the service of the stupid.
Such, however, is the level of alienation today, we are moving towards the objective conditions required for the creation of a fascist state.
Winner of this week’s euphemism of the week is Dan O’Brien for this description of what has been happening with the “bailouts”.
As a result of the euro crisis, governments in the single currency zone have agreed much tighter control on their freedom of action in economic policy. In essence, the rules constrain governments and political parties promising unaffordable tax cuts or spending increases.
Governments agreed these restrictions in the same way that people agree to give a mugger their stuff.
Ruth Dudley Edwards has returned for another go at Venezuela and the late Hugo Chavez.
Unfortunately the fellow was not just despotic: he was an economic illiterate who squandered Venezuela’s oil revenues on short-term measures to alleviate poverty while doing nothing to tackle unemployment, corruption or waste. Under Moduro, everything is worse, oil prices are plunging and the country is in deep hock to China.
Where to start with that? I wonder does she know which foreign government owns more US debt than any other. I also wonder if she can tell the difference between a democratically-elected president and a despot. As for the notion Chavez did nothing to tackle unemployment, you do wonder about people sometimes.
Eilis O’Hanlon possibly outdoes Dan O’Brien’s spectacular last week, commenting on the struggle between Gerry Adams and the Hard Left for control of the country [WTF?]
There has never been such an overtly fascistic atmosphere in the air.
I repeat: [WTF?]
Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week … and ever? December 7, 2014Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
Dan O’Brien‘s article is simply breathtaking.
But instead of going through the tortuous process of creating new rules, a better idea could be for all countries simply to abolish corporation tax. There are three legs to this argument: first, the problem of corporate tax evasion appears to be quite small so investing lots of time and energy in formulating rules seems disproportionate. Second, there is only a limited chance that the rules will be effective even if they can be agreed. Finally, and most fundamentally, taxing company profits – the most important source of investment – may do much more harm than good.