93 thoughts on “Unruly Hair To The Throne

    1. Paulus

      Well he is Sir James, so maybe he dropped off a complimentary one when he got the bang of the sword?
      And it scores well now for product-placement.

  1. Charger Salmons

    Good lord .
    The RTE News Special is the same old group-speak.
    Fintan O’Foole doing his old anti-Brit schtick that he’s been churning out for the last three years.
    Tiny Connelly reading his old EU-approved script from Brussels.
    Not a single independent alternative voice.
    Is this really the best the state broadcaster can do ?
    Ireland deserves better than O’Pravda News.

    1. martco


      I’ll see your “O’Pravda” & raise you a Torygraph

      also, your own media is chock-full of Tony Connelly’s

      the same issue exists everywhere. state-sponsored (by one means or another) media is always to be taken with a pinch of salt. the trick to seeing the wood from the trees is good education & a capability for critical thought…you can only hope enough of the populace have that…unfortunately I see plenty of evidence to suggest otherwise.

      1. some old quare

        Yes- Imagine that? An Irish website which is so critical of Irish journalism with the pulse on Irish affairs. Still searching….

    2. scottser

      charger, imagine this scene if you will:
      we, irish, staring into a massive hole in the road and wondering how on earth it came to be.
      you, walking past laughing and pointing at us but failing to notice that you are one step away from walking into a lamp post.

      1. Bodger

        Maybe it’s not hole but a beautiful pleasant valley where Jerusalem could be builded.

        1. scottser

          ah bodge, the wonderful thing about the hole is that it inspires much debate on its nature and purpose and that in itself is a wonder and a glory. it is, in many respects, our glory hole.

      2. Charger Salmons

        You see a hole.
        I see regaining national sovereignty, control of borders, the laws that govern us, the way we trade with other countries and leaving a corrupt and inefficient organisation that benefits the strongest over the weakest.
        We may bump into a lamp post but at least we’ve climbed out of the hole before it’s too late.
        Ultimately it comes down to democracy.
        If you offer people a vote and promise to enact the result you should keep that promise.
        It’s a simple as that.
        If you don’t that’s how democracy dies.

        1. scottser

          were you fingering a kipper when you wrote that?
          Very commendable sentiments, it’s just a shame that brexit is a right wing power grab by an elite few.

          1. Charger Salmons

            I’m almost certain you wouldn’t repeat that statement out loud in a pub in many working class areas of the North of England,the Midlands and Wales.
            The brave keyboard warrior that you are.

          2. dav

            one could say the same about you in public in Ireland with your xenophobic tirades, but anyways 100 days closer to your chlorinated chicken

      1. terry

        Well spag bol
        Are we talking about the same sister who spent most time in Mustique Island

        The one who was entertained by the crook turned actor famous for hanging pint glasses from a certain part of his body

    1. terry

      Apparently she is the most loved monach
      I just wonder what she thinks about her beloved union being torn apart

      1. GiggidyGoo

        Well she has her handbag ready – the suitcases and trunks are packed and at the ready

  2. Charger Salmons

    In other news you won’t hear RTE report.
    Eurozone industrial recession has deepened after signs of recovery earlier in the year. Manufacturers suffered worst month since 2012 in purchasing managers’ index (PMI) with new orders and exports drying up.
    Germany’s factories continue to lead the decline: its manufacturing PMI slipped further to 43.1 in July from 45, the lowest level in seven years. Any score below 50 indicates a fall in output. German manufacturers have now endured seven straight months in contraction territory.

    1. terry

      Actually charger
      Tourism is down from the USA and UK big time
      Hardly a brit around

      The weather might not help but the amount of hostility shown to the two nations maybe has reaped this result

      So lets just keep on making enemies of past friends and go for the big European identity

      1. ReproBertie

        Baloney from david as usual.

        Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons said “North America and mainland Europe producing record growth, long-haul markets like China and Australia very strong too and despite the uncertainty caused by Sasamach, we are seeing Britain hold its share through the course of 2018.”

        He also said “Arrivals from North America grew by almost +11% in the first three months of 2019, an extra 35,700 US and Canadian visitors. We’ve also seen good results from Mainland Europe, up +7.6%, with particularly strong performances from France and Spain. Visitor numbers from Australia and emerging tourism markets increased by almost +7%. While we welcome the fact that arrivals from Britain are up +1.4% for January-March 2019, we know that the Sasamach extension will continue to cause uncertainty for the summer season; however, we will continue to monitor the British market closely, working in conjunction with our British-based Sasamach Taskforce”

        1. ReproBertie

          I didn’t realise the figures to May were available.

          North America grew by +9.1% in the first five months of 2019, an extra 67,700 US and Canadian arrivals, and long-haul markets are up +7.2% with Britain up by +0.8% and Mainland Europe by +3.2% for the January-May period.

    2. Frank

      Agreed Charger Salmons.
      The unrelenting negativity in all Irish media for the last 3 years towards BREXIT is alarming in it’s bias.

      The very best to Boris Johnson. England has been an extraordinary country. I hope it is in the future. Why would anyone wish for anything else??

      1. V

        But isn’t that the Fine Gael strategy – Negativity towards Brexit
        And therefore naturally adopted and followed through by the Irish Media

        Just ’cause Peter Sutherland is dead doesn’t mean his instructions died with him
        Fine Gael maintain his mandates
        To the letter

        1. A Person

          Really, you think that we should be tied to one country – England?? What about Scotland, Wales and NI? What about one of the largest trading blocks in the world, the EU, who have a far greater ability to do trade deals than just Ireland on its own?

          No, because its on RTE, you need to be alternative and support an absolute gob….. like Boris and other Tory brexiteers who frankly do not give 2 hoots about anything other than little England. Are you all avid Daily Mail fans?

          1. V

            Hould’ up there APe
            I’m pro EU

            I’m only working with the facts already out in front of us there
            Sutherland = Fine Gael everything since they have neither the Leadership nor the craft nor skills within to devise a new Party line or Strategic Vision for the Country that has any hope

            Fine Gael = Government Message and Government Do’s and Don’ts = That’s what National and other Main Stream Report

            Here https://www.broadsheet.ie/2018/08/03/the-fifth-estate/

      2. ReproBertie

        In fairness, why would Ireland’s politicians or media be cheerleading something that stands to do a lot of damage to the all island economy and that was done without a second thought for the UK subjects living on this island? Add in the condescending colonistic attitude that met Ireland’s moves to protect her economy and the threats from the likes of Patel to starve Ireland into submission and I’m amazed any Irish person would feel positive about it.

      3. Tony O'Leary

        “The unrelenting negativity in all Irish media for the last 3 years towards BREXIT ..”
        From an Irish perspective what are the positive aspects of Brexit?
        It’s not bias if it’s true.
        You might as well say – ‘the unrelenting negativity in Irish media towards Marmite is alarming’!

  3. Charger Salmons

    Well if you spend your time abusing your target audience what do you expect ?
    Mind you, the return of rip-off Ireland probably hasn’t helped either.

    1. scottser

      any news on the cabinet yet charger? we’re expecting lots of minorities and women, remember.

      1. Brother Barnabas

        he;ll sort that by appointing priti patel, who, by her own accounts, is right-wing, anti-gay marriage and pro-death penalty

        it’ll be hard for johnson to announce her appointment without referencing her looks or the fact that “it’s good to have a paki in the cabinet… we’re all for that these days, aren’t we!?”.

        1. martco

          ah yes, that be nasty yoke who made the famous food security gaffe?

          she’ll probably be made foreign secretary, innit

        2. Charger Salmons

          Yo Brother,
          If you’re going to be racist at least get her background right.
          She’s of Indian heritage not Pakistani.

          1. Charger Salmons

            It’s most peculair that Bodger is happy with the word Paki to be used on here but fills his pants when someone uses the term Paddy.
            The usual hypocrisy.

          2. Brother Barnabas

            I’d imagine bodger understands the context in which it was used – an anti-racist context

          3. Brother Barnabas

            I’m aware of that, charger- the point is that to a racist, elistis buffoon like johnson, she’s a “paki”

          4. Brother Barnabas

            interesting though that you do actually recognise the symmetry between “paddy” and “paki”

      2. Charger Salmons

        Well since you ask Scottser Sajid Javid has become the first Muslim Chancellor of the Exchequer,
        Priti Patel,born to Indian parents who were expelled from Idi Amin’s Uganda and set up a chain of newsagents in North London,becomes Home Secretary.
        Dominc Raab, the new Foreign Secretary,had a Jewish father who fled Czechoslovakia in 1938 after the Munich Agreement was signed with Hitler.
        Liz Truss is appointed International Trade Secretary.
        Not a bad start I think you’d agree.
        More importantly they’re all No Deal Brexiteers.
        All this should have happened three years ago.

        1. Charger Salmons

          And another woman in the Cabinet.
          Theresa Villiers has been appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

          1. Charger Salmons

            Indian-born Alok Sharma appointed International DEevelopment Secretary.
            Nicky Morgan Culture Secretary
            Andrea Leadsom Business Secretary
            Amber Rudd Department of Work and Pensions
            The most diverse British Cabinet ever.
            Boris has hit the ground running.
            But remember most importantly Leave supremo Dominic Cummings and his team are now Boris’s inner circle tasked with delivering Brexit in 99 days time and taming the civil service.

          2. ReproBertie

            “Dominic Cummings and his team are now Boris’s inner circle”
            A very shrewd appointment. Already flooding FB with hundreds of slightly different ads leading to surveys where, in return for your name, email and postcode, you too can tell Britain’s unelected teaboy Taoiseach what issues matter to you as he gathers data for the coming election.

            Never forget that while the teaboy plays the buffoon it’s mostly an act.

          1. Charger Salmons

            The grandson of a Turkish Muslim.
            The daughter of Indian-Ugandan Hindus.
            The son of Pakistani Muslims.
            The son of a Jewish Czech refugee.

            The top four offices of state.
            Multi-cultural Britain at its finest.

          2. Tony O'Leary

            You do realise that a large part of the Brexiteer strategy (which you referenced above) was ‘control over our borders’ and was anti- immigration. So your multi- cultural Britain won’t be for much longer with your glorious Brexit.

  4. :-Joe

    He won’t get past the election when Labour(Corbynites NOT Blairites) / Social Democrats / Brexit-Tory(Sober rational semi-intelligent) and random floating voters unite against the Tory plan to crash out and slice and dice everything for the lowest common denominator profit for the benifit of anonymous foreign private global financial shareholding and tax evading interests. The real consumer – facing leader of the tory elitist party, jacob reece mogg stands to gain a small fortune in hedge fund manipulation.

    Alexander Boris Johnson a.k.a bojo, a.k.a “Walking brain hemmorhage” a.k.a “The monopoly man’s retarded dulux dog” a.k.a etc etc. etc. is not as dumb as you think and all the messy hair bumbling and controversial behaviour is put on as an act to hide behind and mask himself from serious interrogation on what he really believes and what he wants to do.

    Alone, that fact should worry any of his followers or admirers, unless of course you hate the idea of democracy, justice, liberty and equality of opportunity for all… because however funny or intelligent you think he is, he is a complete spoofer and can’t be trusted to represent anything but himself first and then the corrupt, elitist, sexist and racist tory party second. Note that I did not mention the ninety-percent of the public citizens in that last sentance.

    The tories are not a real political party, they are only interested in self-interest and the interests of the wealthy upper class and protecting those interests and the future of their own families and networks into the future.

    A decade of economic suffering looms overhead for little britain but brexit won’t be allowed to happen, even a fifth of the tory system, now rebels against bojo who have turned against him know their’s is not the “filthy and uncouth u.s of a.

    I hope bojo gets arrested, sectioned and banged up for trying to make the queen smoke one of churchill’s cigars…


  5. Mike

    First assumption of economics, assume people are rational and act in their best interests.
    Capitalism models only work if there are some basic assumptions – but Brexit lays bare the fact that people are more nuanced (bonkers) than that.
    There was no shortage of economic warnings before the Referendum but people didn’t vote based on the spreadsheet, they voted based on politics (immigration, discomfort of not being head of an empire etc)
    People’s political DNA over-ruled the numbers.

    Sometimes I wonder about the long-term agendas of the various political parties.
    Do the Irish political establishment have a similar head versus heart debate?
    The spreadsheet says “Brexit bad” but like the UK they might be thinking “its not about the cost, its political”

    Naturally FFG can’t come out and say, “have a go, hard border it is, build a wall” etc.
    But it pulls forward the possible timing of unity and maybe we can get a ton of EU money as compensation to boot.

    Obviously there will be real hardship resulting from a hard border.
    A small compromise on the backstop would probably see the deal through, but Simon Coveny on Andrew Marr was all about Ireland’s proud role in building the Common Market, no compromise, Brexit is Britain’s issue.

    Yet, no deal is the hardest of borders and, without a trade-deal, could end up being there for a few years.
    So there’s no way an Irish politician could be talking about anything other than trying to prevent no-deal, but deep down… deep down in whispered tones, is it possible the grey comb-overs of FFG are able to make out a silver lining that dare not speak its name? Otherwise they might give up a little something no?

    By the time an actual trade deal goes live in 5 years, Scotland may already be in the EU and NI about to re-join via unification.

    As a numbers person, NI is a terrible investment. Unification is bonkers.
    We are surprisingly culturally different and we have diverged since partition.
    And besides, there’s no parking in Leinster House for the influx of NI cars.

      1. martco

        United Ireland? ha! speak for yerself ;)

        if you think you’re getting goug€d now wait till you see what 32 counties looks like?!?

        my remaining working life + my children’s + my grandchildren’s to come would be fupped paying for it…and taxes will be the least of it, I can imagine all sorts…bank accounts lopped @100k, the works

        happy for the planted six to stay within the precious union or if it becomes an independent country, EU or otherwise

        if it ever ever comes to a vote mine is a big fat NO

        1. Charger Salmons

          Funnily enough in all my years here I’ve never hear a single Irish person say they’d ACTUALLY vote for a united Ireland.
          Lots of late-night roaring of rebel songs over creamy pints.
          But in the cold light of day when reality is lifting up an eye-lid to check if they’re awake ?
          No chance.

          1. martco

            @charger well all I can offer is the anecdotal…this subject has been raised a number of times within my own work/mates circle over the last god knows how many years now (usually precisely when creamy pints are involved) mix of fellas country & Dubs. there’s plenty we disagree about but I can assure you on the question of 26+6 the answer is emphatically NO.

          2. Charger Salmons

            In the last major border poll even a majority of Catholics in the North didn’t want a united Ireland.
            I wish it wasn’t the case.
            You’re welcome to the lot of them.

  6. eoin

    If nothing else, the next three months will give us a few laughs.

    Did you hear PMQs earlier and Theresa May being asked about domestic abuse. Her response on a serious subject must have made the future PM wince.

    And every time he opens his mouth, he just comes across as Benny Hill.

    “England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – the awesome foursome “

  7. eoin

    He’s just got his feet under the desk and this,

    “Let’s start now to liberate the UK’s extraordinary bioscience sector from anti genetic modification rules and let’s develop the blight-resistant crops that will feed the world.”

    And there’s the Border. Even if the EU was relaxed about the Border, Ireland won’t accept Frankenstein foods.

    1. Charger Salmons

      Frankenstein food ?
      You try telling that to a poor farmer in Africa who is now able to grow disease-resistant crops.

      1. italia'90

        LBW old chap.

        You’ve had a mavellous innings at the crease.

        Probably the best English batsman on show anywhere today ;)

        Sit down there now and I’ll pour you a Pimms.

        Less said about the plight of Africans the better I would suggest.

  8. eoin

    Boris Johnson’s appointments to his 90-day Cabinet is a veritable whos-who of scoundrels.

    Gavin Williamson, didn’t Theresa May accuse him of leaking Cabinet discussions about Huawei (fired)
    Priti Patel, when she wasn’t calling for the Irish to be starved, she was having secret meetings with the Israelis for God knows what, in return for God knows what (fired)
    Grant Shapps, didn’t he allow his aide to bully people and then kept quiet about it (resigned)

    I fully expect we’ll see the underage sexting chap and the inappropriate toucher back around the Cabinet table before midnight.

    1. bertie blenkinsop

      “I fully expect we’ll see the underage sexting chap and the inappropriate toucher back around the Cabinet table before midnight”…..

      I can’t speak for Brother Barnabas but I don’t think I could handle the commute tbh.

  9. Charger Salmons

    I’m enjoying a small tincture tonight.
    Brexit just took a giant leap forward.
    And news that the Moggster is the Leader of the House ?
    Watch out Bercow the Mental Midget

  10. Steph Pinker

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    Keep it lit, BS!

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