74 thoughts on “De Friday Papers

  1. SOQ

    FT: May’s transition gambit draws fire from across the Brexit divide.

    That headline could have been written at any time since the vote. She has four corners to please and they all want their own way. Brexiteers on one side and Labour or the other while in Ireland the DUP vs the rest of the island. And even after agreement with the EU it still had to get through the HP and probably a second referendum. Something has to give and my money s on the schedule. A no deal scenario is just not going to happen because it is nobody’s interests for it to.

    It is worth keeping an eye on the demographics here. Champions of Brexit tend to be very rich and it seems to be accepted that the younger British people are, the more likely they are to be pro remain. The more time ticks on, the more the balance will tip towards remain, and that is not even considering those who have changed their minds.

    100k at the People’s Vote march tomorrow? Depends on how successful the mobilisation will be but it could be a lot more than that.

      1. Rob_G

        No, but when I suggested that, if someone ended up sleeping in a Garda station, it might not be the fault of ‘da gubbermint’ and that maybe people had to take responsibility for their own lives, people were lining to defend this lady as a great mother to her children.

        I think that, if I was a young worker at a housing protest because I couldn’t afford to rent a flat, and then this person was called up to the podium as someone supposedly in the same boat, I would be disgusted.

      2. MaryLou's ArmaLite

        She used the media to bring attention to her situation, sections of the media and the homeless charities used her story attack the government, they portrayed her as the victim. She is the recipient of about €50k in social welfare and attacks the government and society for giving her nothing.

        1. JunkFace

          This is a sad reflection on how some people are gaming the system. Having children as a way to get more money from social welfare. As well as stealing from shops. Then using the 7 children as a battering ram with regards to housing lists, skipping the Q, and getting what she wants. Its a complex problem to solve, but if thousands do this, the strain on the system will crack. Where did she learn to do this? Maybe from her parents, most likely. Bad parenting culture creates this mess. Looking for hand outs instead of working. Some people on these waiting lists are honest and hard working parents, what about them?

    1. Kirkbadaz

      37 of her previous convictions were traffic offenses. A dangerous criminal. You’re rightly terrified of her.

      1. Rob_G

        Oh, well that makes it alright, then…

        If she’s only been driving 10ish years and has already racked up 37 RTAs, then yes, I would be scared to encounter her on the road.

  2. Bertie Blenkinsop

    If David Beckham wants me to take Victoria off his hands I’d be more than happy to oblige.

    1. Brother Barnabas

      is confiding in a national newspaper that you find your wife to be a bit a moany, whinging pain in the hole a good thing to do?

      1. Ollie Cromwell

        Given recent history I think I’d trust the judgement of a German bank over that of an Irish one.
        Especially as Ireland is picking up the bill for them.
        One very big bill.
        That will take decades to pay off.
        Jawohl begorrah.

    1. Giggidygoo

      Deutsche Bank? Have you any idea why that particular bank is the laughing stock of the banking community?

      1. Ollie Cromwell

        I’ve heard they’re on the list of foreign bondholders that you so generously are helping to bail out with your taxes and which you’ll continue to pay for probably for the rest of your life.
        Who is the laughing stock now ?
        No,ve ask ze questions !
        Kerching mein herr bejaysus.
        Only the best supporters(of foreign banks) in the world.

        1. Giggidygoo

          Yep. We sure are paying their likes off. But you’ve quoted the head of that bank who, despite them in a no lose situation as regards Irish payments fell to junk status. Not a great source of economic mastery.

          1. Brother Barnabas

            oh dear, charger

            do you see it? need me to explain it?

            you embarrass yourself with abject stupidity on occasion – stick to the cut-and-pasting from whatever tory-fanboy comics you subscribe to

  3. Ollie Cromwell

    Perhaps Ireland should declare a reverse ferret bank holiday every year whereby everyone goes into work on a day off and donates their wages to paying off the foreign bondholders.
    It might just bring the end date back within this century.
    Certainly it would be remiss not to say ” danke schön ” and ” Deutschland über alles ” every time you receive your wages or salary.
    Marvellous stuff what ?

  4. Ollie Cromwell

    The EU’s goods trade surpluses with the UK in 2017 included…

    £31.6bn Germany’s
    £18.6bn The Netherlands’
    £11.4bn Belgium’s
    £ 8.2bn Italy’s
    £ 6.1bn Spain’s
    £ 5.5bn Poland’s
    £ 3.6bn Czechia’s
    £ 3.2bn France’s
    £ 2.0bn Slovakia’s
    £ 2.0bn Hungary’s
    £ 1.7bn Sweden’s
    £3.6bn Austria’s
    £2.2bn Denmark’s
    £1.5bn Portugal’s
    £1.2bn Finland’s
    £0.7bn Romania’s
    £0.3bn Latvia’s
    £0.2bn Lithuania’s
    £0.2bn Slovenia’s
    £0.2bn Luxembourg’s
    £0.1bn Estonia’s
    £0.1bn Bulgaria’s

    Just sayin’

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