33 thoughts on “De Sunday Papers

  1. some old queen

    Serious riots going on in Paris over a labour reform bill yet not a word of it in the papers?

    1. Donger

      They’re always giving out about something over there. If they’re not striking or marching they’re rioting

          1. Anne

            ‘Ms McElwee also addresses the ongoing debate about zero hours contracts and precarious work, saying there is significant demand for such flexible arrangements from employees.

            There is yeah.. I’d love that reflexible of not knowing my hours week to week and being told p*** off, you’re no longer needed.. great flexibility altogether.

      1. Janet, I ate my avatar

        and to think it all started with the Reveloution, those crazy cats

  2. Quint

    Kathryn Thomas complaining about sexism while posing suggestively on the cover of a magazine that objectifies successful women. I give up.

    1. Anne

      It must be very confusing all right..

      Let’s try and explain it as simply as possible.

      Women can dress like hoors if they want.. that doesn’t make them hoors.. Ja get it now?

  3. Brother Barnabas

    How come the Irish Independent yesterday blurred out the face of the Regency Hotel ‘hitman’ (which u presumed was for legal reasons of some sort or other), but today’s Sunday World puts a clear photo on its front page?

  4. classter

    ‘Boris more trusted than Cameron over Europe’

    Absolutely mind boggling. Me & the British public are not seeing the same thing at all.

    I had actually thought that Boris was making a very poor fist of things so far. He was sacked from the Times for lying & many of his articles from his time in the Tel’s Brussels bureau have been shown to be false.

    That’s not to suggest that Cameron is very trustworthy but Boris…

    1. Twunt

      Boris is pro Europe, but he is the ultimate opportunist. He read the tea leaves and adjusted his position accordingly.

    2. Shayna

      I’m just back from 10 days in Blighty and it’s strange how Boris Johnson is perceived by English types – they seem to adore him (sweeping generalization, I know). They are charmed by his buffoonery without considering his politics. He is spear-heading the Brexit campaign which kicked off on Monday past, by him arriving in Cornwall on his Bus and wielding a bunch of Cornish asparagus claiming that the asparagus would taste better if Britain were to “leave” Europe – a claim that was received with applause? Mercifully for the Cornish folk he spoke in English rather than his go-to Latin, which given his thoughts on Europe is oxy-moronic.
      The Pro-Brexit campaigners are employing the same scare-mongering tactics as the Vote-No campaigners in Scotland’s referendum. Claims of Hitler-esque Super-state Europe, where young British voters could “potentially” be conscripted into “The European Army” along with a lot of other unfounded nonsense is designed to encourage the Brits to batten down the hatches against ‘Evil Europe’.
      The biggest issue is immigration, they’ve jolly well had enough of Johnny Foreigner ‘coming over here, taking our (insert anything here), etc.
      I watched Michael Moore’s latest cinematic offering recently, “Where Do We Invade Next”, where the premise of the film was that he travelled to different countries in the world, identified one thing in particular that the country did successfully and then take that idea back to the USA. Briefly, he identified France’s free, gourmet school meals, Portugal’s no-arrest policy on drugs. Italy’s 80 day paid vacation work ethic, Slovenia’s Free University programme, Finland’s Seconday School Education system, No Etons, or Harrows and no homework, Tunisia’s attention to Free women’s health service, including abortion, and Germany – well, they seem to have a lot that he wanted. Interestingly, he didn’t visit Britain (or Ireland).
      As Pres. Obama announced when he visited London recently, if Britain leaves Europe, they will find themselves at the back of the queue (or line) with any future deals that the U.S does with Europe.
      As Britain are our nearest neighbours geographically, their exit from Europe will impact us most. Seamus Mallon pointed recently about the re-introduction of the customs border with the North (of Ireland) would be a consequence of a Brexit. Everyone enjoys a ‘good sit in traffic’? – No, they don’t!

      1. classter

        It’s interesting though.

        What are they seeing about Boris that I don’t?

        Why are they so charmed by him?

        1. Sido

          He’s a obvious replacement for Cameron. Who has patronised the electorate with his arrogant BS.

          e.g. In November last Cameron said – “Britain is an amazing country. We’ve got the fifth biggest economy in the world. We’re the top ten manufacturer. We’ve got incredibly strong financial services. The world wants to do business here. Look at the record of inward investment. Look at the leaders beating the path to our door to come and see what’s happening with this great country’s economy. The argument isn’t whether Britain could survive outside the EU. Of course it could”.

          No mention of WW III then, the apocalypse of DOOM that befalls after Brexit, which is what he’s telling the Brits about six months later……

          Also the political climate is changing. Cameron was the “Heir to Blair” – that’ sort of presentational style is kinda last years thing.

        2. Shayna

          @classter “Why are they so charmed by him?”

          I equally am baffled by his appeal. Perhaps it’s similar to the approval that Churchill enjoyed during the War. Churchill’s witticisms are consumed deliciously at London dinner-parties along with quotes from George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde and a fine Merlot.
          Is it simply that the Brits like the classic eccentric? (Boris being the Classics eccentric).

          1. Sido

            He’s one of two or three choices in the event of the Brexit referendum giving a negative result on the EU. The other main contender probably being Michael Gove.

            The grass roots of the Conservative party is mainly anti – EU. And there is going to be a Conservative government in the UK, until Labour can find someone less electorally toxic than Jeremy Corbyn. He’s like Michael Foot was (only without the intellect and charm).

            The reason Boris is doing so well, is down to good luck, the laws of unintended consequences and good timing. And importantly because Cameron has and continues to act like a ****

          2. Sheik Yahbouti

            They are charmed because they see a steely intellect masquerading in the persona of a loveable buffoon. Agree with him or not (and I don’t) the man is not a fool.

  5. read twice

    That story on Willie O’Dea in The Sunday Times is a good one. WOD negotiates with FG to get a plum deal for provision of social housing, then his firm steps in and scoops it up. Nice.

    Why do the Irish people vote for business people who just want to use their position to turn a profit?

    1. Anne

      The “cash rich” millionaires are only ‘trying to make a few bob’.. according to Dilly.

      You couldn’t make the sh*t up.

  6. Shayna

    @sido
    Michael Gove doesn’t nearly command the media interest of BJ, purely because he doesn’t say anything worth reporting – when he does speak, he comes across as being terribly bland. I agree with you about Corbyn, he’s never going to have the bother of contacting PIckfords for his house move to Downing St. But he’s pretty much the interim leader until someone with greater electability comes along (no-one springs to mind).
    It will be the Tories at the next general election, Labour has lost too much ground on them, The recent Jews/Israel debacle certainly didn’t do anything to enhance their credibiity. As you say Boris Johnson is probably popular by accident rather than design. He’s like a theatre stage-hand who’s wandered onto stage during a production, he bumbles around a bit, the audience love him, because he gives them a break from the dreary play. But to continue with the theatre analogy, however much he may attract the limelight, he’s not a player.

    1. Sido

      @ Shanya – Yes, with Boris you get the idea that he sat on the fence till he had to do something and then tossed a coin. Don’t understimate Gove though – he’s very clever.
      I noticed the “Little Englander” comments above and the comments you make about the problems for Britain should it choose to go its own way – you know get Churchillian like. :D

      So just for you I’m posting a link to the forbidden fruit “Brexit the Movie” by Whathisname Durkin. Which explains the case for the UK leaving the EU. In doing so, it also makes a pretty good case for the Irish questioning their relationship with the EU. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTMxfAkxfQ0

      1. Shayna

        @ Sido, I shall give it a look when I get 1hr and 11mins to spare. I did take a sneaky peak on Youtube, where the narration begins, “We, the people…” Any story/film/propaganda that begins with those three words will surely wreak of xenophobia masquerading as nationalism. Coincidentally, I just watched the last episode of BBC’s “Undercover”, where Sophie Okenodo’s character began her defence of her death row client by quoting Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration.
        I’m not sure if the Irish question anything unless they are being directly hit in the pocket. The Water Charges/Tax comes immediately to mind. People having their own mini “Risings” about meters being installed on their housing estates was scoffed at, at the time by people who could afford the charge – now it’s history. Irish farmers would lose out too much by Ireland questioning their relationship with the EU – single farm subsidies paid out from the EU is pretty much what keeps an average farm alive in Ireland.
        One of the earlier commenters today on De Sunday Papers mentioned the riots/demonstrations in France, which went unreported – The French Republic was established in three words also, Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité – they take to the streets, not just at the drop of a hat, but to show their government they aren’t happy about something that is about to happen to them – giving their government time to rethink before an unpopular bill is passed. The Government invariably gives the people what they want, if they shout loud enough.
        Ireland should shout a tad louder comme les Francais?

        1. Sido

          @ Shayna
          ” “We, the people…” Any story/film/propaganda that begins with those three words will surely wreak of xenophobia masquerading as nationalism. “ – no its not like that.
          There are bits where you grit your teeth – but you have to go with the flow. Its got a “questionable” sense of humour.

          I understand the Oirish position quite well as I’m from Roscommon.. The agricultural side of things etc. The film also shows us where big Phil ended up. and why we should be greebly consherned about the fact.

  7. Guy Bague

    Surprise Sindo’s Barry Egan’s “Blaise O’Donnell back on the singles market after split with new boyfriend” didn’t make front page news. Great picture included. Now we know what the bank loans were really spent on:

    Cake.

  8. Pawel

    Co to jest, mes amies? Comments about news on ze news section?
    I was thinking it was a dear diary section. Dis is great.

    Lucky that McCabe made some recordings I see.
    An Garda Siochana are corrupt to bits and not fit for purpose.

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