45 thoughts on “De Saturday Papers

  1. john f

    Jackson getting hit with the bill for a half 1 million in legal costs is shocking.
    Make whatever you want of the trial verdict but the accused not getting their legal costs despite being found innocent is worrying.
    The BREXIT pantomime is hilarious! This is just bread and circuses for the masses, if the British had any sense they would call the EU’s bluff and exit without a deal.

    1. Eoin

      The point about legal costs in the UK is very interesting indeed.

      They’ve made big changes in the past 6 years. If you have disposable household income of more than £37,500 then you can only claim your defence costs at legal aid rates which are a fraction of privately obtained legal services costs, plus you must make an application for legal aid and have it rejected (because you have more than £37,500). Seems Paddy didn’t make the application, and even if he did and he was awarded costs at legal aid rates, he would be down perhaps £300,000.

      https://www.saunders.co.uk/news/defence-costs.html

      Also, although he was acquitted, he came across as an unsavory character with an abysmal attitude towards women in the trial. So, to misquote Roddy Doyle, Paddy Jackson, hah, hah, hah.

      1. Royal M

        I noticed during this trial and in its aftermath that commenters who claim to hate political correctness (as in the avatar above), invariably fail to grasp the difference between “Not Guilty” and “Innocent”. It’s like a glitch

    1. Clampers Outside!

      MY Times reporter: “A PR agency mass mailed a ton of journalists today and tried to secretly pressure them to delete tweets sharing this @tabletmag investigation into alleged mismanagement and anti-Semitism among the leaders of @womensmarch” https://t.co/IrBa6J9j0p

    2. realPolithicks

      That’s your christmas made now eh clamps. Nothing gets your juices flowing like an opportunity to criticize those damned feminists what!

        1. realPolithicks

          I have this vision of him scouring through the most obscure sources looking for nuggets which he can use in his ongoing war on the feminists and “identity politics” as his pal mlal so eloquently puts it. Whatever floats your boat I guess.

      1. Dub Spot

        I cannot wait until Brits have to queue up with “les autres” in the non-EU citizen line at Dublin Airport to enter our country. The joy of some piegeon head-throwing stag party having to pay 7 euros just to enter our fair land….

  2. Eoin

    In 104 days, the UK will leave the EU, risking food and medicine shortages, a 25% decline in sterling, a recession, a shooting-up of unemployment, unrest spilling over onto the streets.

    Next week, the UK parliament will focus its efforts on the socially worthy task of tackling access by children to online pornography. There’s no mention at all about Brexit in the schedule. The UK parliament will then take two weeks holiday and come back the second week of January 2019.

    This is just reckless, unless it is designed to engineer an extension, a withdrawal of the Article 50 notification, a peoples vote or a no-deal Brexit.

      1. SOQ

        Yes but she has the backing of the Tory elders. The business community above all realise the implications of leaving the CU.

        1. jusayinlike

          The business moguls you speak of are more concerned with getting a special tax deal for the City of London than exiting the CU.

          The majority of Britain’s wealth is held offshore. After the Panama paper’s, the EU sought to try get a piece of the action, the Tories are tasked with seeking a special exclusion for the City and are masquerading it with the poo show that is Brexit.

          A fantastic well produced independent documentary on Britain’s offshore exploits.

          https://youtu.be/np_ylvc8Zj8

          https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/15/eu-to-force-companies-to-disclose-owners-with-directive-prompted-by-panama-papers

          1. italia'90

            Unfortunately, not enough people will take the time to view this excellent video. The research, the revelations and time put into it are incredible!
            The Spiders Web reveals what is truly at stake in the Brexit debacle.
            You won’t hear much or read much about the real power brokers and what they are contriving to achieve during Brexit.
            Isn’t it funny how little commentary there has been from the banking fraternity during this whole omnishambles? Might make you wonder, right?
            The EU wants a bigger share of ill gotten gains.

          2. jusayinlike

            Blood money, imagine what’s at stake if Britain are willing to accept an exit from the customs union with a price tag rising sharply from 60 billion and economic gloom there after..

  3. Eoin

    Sad that the “sudden” liquidation of Joburger is news. It was advertised in the State Gazette weeks ago. Probably reflects the current state of Irish journalism that it wasn’t picked up then.

      1. Amorphous Kerry Blob

        They focus on words used in an interaction, again steeping the ‘Brexit news story’ in a kind of patriotic falsity; where an indignant ‘how dare you’ soap opera involving ‘souped up’ analysis of singular clashes of words instead of the more pertinent reality of not being a EU member, and in turn the economic horror show that’s about to befall their readership. Which I presume they’ll blame the EU for if they read the paper.
        The state of the English press. They’ve a lot to answer for, in relation to Brexit at least.

        And shame on me for not linking the word ‘gas’ and ‘nebulous’ in some form of terrible pun. Unfortunately my brain failed me.

  4. Brother Barnabas

    “The state of the English press. They’ve a lot to answer for, in relation to Brexit at least.”

    yeah, for sure.

    interesting figures here [https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/european-union-brexit-negative-coverage-uk-newspapers-doubled-40-years-study-a7612711.html] on just how down on the EU the british media has been in the 40 years leading up to the brexit vote.

    between 1974 and 2013, positive coverage of EU fell from 25% to 10%, while negative coverage increased from 24% to 45%

    damning conclusion: “What is interesting is that the ‘noisy minority’ in the media is reflected so acutely in politics. The pro-European cause is made without passion or vigour. It is the absence of a truly pro-EU faction that gives the impression that the UK is more Eurosceptic than it truly is. There are no real defenders of the EU to be found.”

    and to think – we had a load of +1s to a comment yesterday that there’s no balance in the irish media when it comes to brexit

    1. SOQ

      It is about the English culture, ruling the waves etc. The fifth largest economy in the world apparently, no mention of the debt.

      Now if you own a big car then it is not a status symbol if you can afford it, meaning without credit. Lots of flash car up north, pity about the roads, especially when trying to get to hell out of Belfast onto the M1.

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