Selective Outrage And Self Delusion



From top: Today’s Independent; Tony Groves

On the worst reactions to the Bus Éireann strike escalation….

Tony Groves writes:

Bus Éireann is a loss making business. Bus Éireann also receives the lowest State Subvention of the 27 EU Member States. The losses are estimated to be in the region of €8,000,000. Every day the strike continues the situation becomes even more precarious.

RTÉ, the State broadcaster that is reporting on the strikes (perhaps unfairly?) from the point of view of the disadvantaged commuter, is also loss making. They recently floated a kite looking to double the licence fee. Their losses are estimated to be in the region of €20,000,000.

What RTÉ is doing is not hypocritical, it is maybe myopic and certainly lacking self-awareness.

Independent News & Media, the largest media group in the country, is controlled by it’s major shareholder, Billionaire, Tax Exile Denis O’Brien.

INM received debt write downs of €140,000,000. This write down was at least part done by several State owned banks. This write down came from taxpayers. A billionaire tax exile got a debt write down.

INM has no moral authority when it comes to campaigning for taxpayers.

The Bus Éireann reporting is an example of selective outrage and self-delusion. Certainly things aren’t great at the Transport provider. But people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

At least not without sweeping up their own mess first.

Tony Groves is a full-time financial consultant and part-time commentator. With over 18 years experience in the financial industry and a keen interest in politics, history and “being ornery”, he has published one book and writes regularly at Trickstersworld

Earlier: Lucky For Some

54 thoughts on “Selective Outrage And Self Delusion

  1. Owen C

    Yes, only RTE and INM are claiming the illegal and wildcat secondary strikes are outrageous…

    The reality is that while the unions have very strong cases for increased subvention and the continuation of loss making routes on public policy grounds, there is no justification whatsoever for groups of workers (note: not unions involved today) to cause service outtages at other public transport operators. That’s the reason secondary picketing is illegal.

      1. Declan

        Agree with Owen but someone has to be organising them. Even if the unions didn’t do it officially, there has to be one big whatsapp or private Facebook page where they said today is the day

          1. Declan

            Nope but thinking that he’d spend his time on Broadsheet is adoreable but slightly jumping the conclusions no….

          1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            Except for, as I’ve mentioned elsewhere, Bus Strike Cyclists.
            As Starina said, CYCLIST WALLY-PANTS!

  2. b

    look over there it’s DOB!

    standard deflection tactic now from the left now that the Water guys are finished with their playbook

    1. dav

      you mean, the water guys were VICTORIOUS with their playbook, and now it is clear that you must fight austerity with all the tools at your disposal. The government have had it too soft for too long and they have betrayed the trust of the people as they make this country a haven for vulture funds and tax dodging corporates.

  3. rotide

    RTE did not “float a kite looking to double the licence fee” in any way.

    That is at best selective (but incorrect) interpretation and at worst a downright lie. If you’re going to slag off INM for bad journalism, get your own house in order.

    Glass houses for sure.

    1. jusayinlike

      What was Forbes talking about when she mentioned doubling the license fee than editor?

      1. rotide

        You can answer that yourself if you read the rest of what she said when she stated she was not suggesting the licence fee should be doubled.

          1. rotide

            I did answer.

            “Speaking to RTÉ News, Ms Forbes said it is nonsense to suggest she would encourage the doubling of the licence fee.

            She said what she was saying was that the licence provides incredible value and if RTÉ had more money it would provide incremental value.”

          2. MoyestWithExcitement

            I don’t think you understand what ‘kite flying’ actually is but hey, you got to patronise and tell yourself you’re superior to someone actually doing something with themselves, eh?

        1. realPolithicks

          “she stated she was not suggesting the licence fee should be doubled”

          That’s laughable at best. She says that she thinks the license fee should be double what it is currently, but she is not “advocating” that the fee be doubled. That’s whats called “double” speak.

          1. rotide

            “The licence fee is 40 cent a day. That’s what it costs the Irish viewer. I think that’s incredible value for money. Quite honestly I think it should be double that,” she told RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke show.
            “Look at the Scandinavian markets where the licence fee is double that and you see what they’re getting for that. The more money we have to play with content the more we can do.

            It’s an opinion, not what shes advocating. It’s not doublespeak in the least. I’ll happily wager any of you here arguing this point that at no point in her term will she ask to double the licence fee.

            Bids start at 100 euro.

          2. AnAccountant

            She gave her opinion that double the fee would be good value to see how everyone reacted. If general reaction was ‘yeah actually’ you can be damn sure that rise would be on the agenda.

          3. realPolithicks

            “I’ll happily wager any of you here arguing this point that at no point in her term will she ask to double the licence fee.”

            You’re hardly going out on a limb there. Based on the reaction she received for her “opinion” she definitely won’t be asking for a doubling of the licensing fee, you can be sure however that she will call for a substantial increase.

    2. Sheik Yahbouti

      Yes, they did, Rotide. It was mentioned several times in the interview with their new head honcho. Alongside a ton of nonsense about ‘content’ and ‘sourcing’.

  4. Sheik Yahbouti

    OMG, I’ve been inconvenienced for a day – jail them for life, or kill them. ME, ME, ME, ME……..

    1. Kieran Nice Young Chap

      So people should be forced to miss operations, lose thousands in missed holidays, etc because of this illegal escalation?

      There’s a process and they blatantly ignored it.

  5. outrageous and deluded

    “But people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”.
    Reasons why I never read with a blog.
    1: The use of clichés
    2. ………..

  6. Ratatattat

    Deplorable crappy writing.

    Even if I sort of agree with your general point, it’s so badly expressed that I find the whole article worthless.
    Try leaving the writing stuff to professionals yeah?
    You know like the ones we pay a license for?

  7. badatmemes2

    There you go Tony. You know it must be really crap when one of your own is pointing out the crapiness.

    1. badatmemes2

      I tink he/she tinks dat it is crap. Da writing is deplorable and everting is just crap.

  8. curmudegon

    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your previous musings Mr. Groves, but this is a paltry offering. Seriously, I’m not going to bother correcting your stats either, the whole article looks like another misinformed keyboard warrior (albeit with manners) commenting with absolutely nothing more than cursory knowledge of the whole debacle.

    1. Tony Groves

      Very fair.
      It is 300 words, my original submission even referred to it as a “reactionary observation”.
      That didn’t make it in :(

  9. gringo

    This strike is a cunning plan to get some weight off the dubs. The nation will be better balanced and will rise a few foot out of the sea, thereby negating the worse effects of global warming.

  10. Bertie Blenkinsop

    Ah Tony, one week you’re great the next you’re brutal….
    I get enough of that watching Liverpool.

  11. Baffled

    Very superficial analysis.

    Tony would be a perfect fit for the (S)Indo’s opinion pages.

    As regards Owen C’s interventions – he seems to be quite the shill for the establishment.

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