62 thoughts on “Saturday’s Papers

  1. Catherine costelloe

    “He’s one of the few Irish sporting administrators who have made it to the top of their sport internationally. ….”
    Denis O Brien on John Delaney in August 2018.
    Have a good chuckle at that quote. Dear, oh dear!

      1. MaryLou's ArmaLite

        Pat Hickey made it to the upper echelons of the International Olympic Council, only to be very publicly shamed during the Rio Olympics.

    1. GiggidyGoo

      O Brien would always like someone in his own mould. Someone who sucks on the teat of the public purse. Someone who has a record of failed business. Boxcar Donny and Boxcar Johnny.

      1. Bud Flanagan

        Here was me thinking O’Brien was a multi-billionaire and Ireland’s wealthiest native-born citizen. Some failed business.
        I don’t recall demonstrations in the street when he offered to fund Trapattoni’s wages.
        Admittedly the Irish public turned quickly when Trap was revealed as just another Route One spoofer who only flew in the day before a match and went home to Italy straight afterwards laughing all the way to the bank.

        1. delacaravanio

          The fans happily made their Faustian pact with O’Brien. Remember, we qualified for tournaments (which is all most people care about) playing Trap’s awfully boring brand of football.

          1. Bud Flanagan

            Delaney, like Dara Murphy, is a symptom not a cause of distrust of those in public office.
            If you celebrate cute hoorism and dodgy dealing as a way of life in Ireland then corruption and malpractice is what follows.
            An economy can be brought to its knees and no-one gets the blame ?
            A finance minister with no bank account and dig-out cash stashed in his safe ? Not a bother.
            A Taoiseach owns an island, a yacht ,a Palladian mansion and racehorses on a Prime Minister’s salary ? What a character !
            Meanwhile, the Irish football team bumbles along like a pub side of cloggers and overweight fag-smokers with the grassroots game starved of funding.
            The fish rots from the head down and the more the Irish public suck up the excesses of the chancers and crooks who run the system the longer it will go on.
            Qualify for the Euros ( I said stop laughing at the back ) and all will be forgotten.
            Till the next time.

        2. I Never Comment Anymore

          One you’re not funny
          Two it’s pretty sad that you got banned and then came back with the same unfunny character – can you not get some new material or are you truly that lacking in talent?

  2. some old queen

    After that debate what strikes me about the Corbyn / Johnson positions on Brexit is that it is Labour who is arguing the business case rather than the Tories- which is a complete reversal of the traditional positions- what if any impact that will have remains to be seen.

    Corbyn’s point about bringing Britain up to the same level of investment in public services as other European countries flies right in the face of the media’s portrayal of him as a deranged leftie- but they are hardly impartial in the first place.

    That the Tories are whatever points ahead means little if it does not transfer into a majority and such polls do not take into account tactical voting or the wave of newly registered voters- 3m, most under 35 and most either Lib Dem of Labour- it’s still all to play for.

    1. some old queen

      Oh and before anyone points out that it is 2m not 3, it is 3m who intend to vote now which is really what counts.

    2. Bud Flanagan

      Corbyn is the most unpopular UK party leader going into an election since polling records were first kept.
      He is toxic on the doorsteps in many traditional Labour seats where the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph would not be the newspaper of choice.
      He leads a party that is currently under investigation for anti-semitism by the Equality and Human Rights Commission – a dubious honour shared by only one other political party, the BNP.
      Sterling is enjoying a rally to levels of a couple of years ago simply because City traders believe the threat of a Corbyn government has passed.
      If you think Britain’s businesses are looking forward to having 5% of their shares compulsory confiscated and redistributed to ” the wokers ” as well as a mass re-nationalisation plan you’re simply deluding yourself.
      Even that crazed Irish Times Brit-basher Tintin O’Foole can’t bring himself to love Magic Grandpa.
      If Labour was lead by anyone other than Corbyn they’d stroll this election.

      1. some old queen

        Both Corybn AND Johnson are electoral liabilities. Also, this is not a two horse race- there is Lib Dems on one side of the Tories and Farage on the other- both of which are likely to eat into their numbers.

        If they do not get an outright majority then it is one of two collations- Tories/Farage or Labour/Lib Dems.

        1. Bud Flanagan

          The BNP support has collapsed and the LibDems could well end up losing seats rather than gaining them which is why Labour support has picked up in recent weeks but not to a big enough extent to change the result.

          Far from being a liability Johnson is the Tories best, ineed only,hope.It’s why he has been front and centre of their campaign will the rest of the Cabinet virtually invisible.

          Anyhow, it’s a long read but here’s an excellent profile on Boris and why he’ll wing this election reasonably comfortably.


          1. bisted

            …you have to hand it to bungling Boris…he’s playing a stormer…just goes to show that getting Brexit done and implementing the democratic wish of the electorate trumps all other considerations…only a few days to go…

      2. I Never Comment Anymore

        No one cares about anti Semitism in the Labour Party it affects 0.2% of the population- total non issue

          1. I Never Comment Anymore

            They don’t matter in UK electoral terms – 0.2% – and most of them still will vote Labour anyway.

    3. I Never Comment Anymore

      Tories/ Brexit party serve a very narrow business interest – the ones who never pay tax in any way – they will still make money in the new post EU economy

      1. Bud Flanagan

        Who are these people who never pay tax in any way ?
        Take a moment off from doing your school homework and let us know …

        1. I Never Comment Anymore

          Apart from the obvious is the main occupation of your Thai “wife” to go around and collect all the empty bottles?

          1. Bud Flanagan

            And these people who never pay any tax ?
            I thought you were going to tell us all about them …

  3. Bud Flanagan

    The sporting gods have delivered a difficult choice today …

    Man City v Man Utd.
    Munster v Saracens.

  4. Bud Flanagan

    And these people who never pay any tax ?
    I thought you were going to tell us all about them …

  5. Clampers Outside

    We don’t have a “claims culture”, as in we are not litigious as a people compared to the UK, US or against the average in Europe.

    What we have is a high payout culture which is something quite different, in fairness.

    1. some old queen

      So less claims but m=higher payouts so?

      There are professional con artists out there mind- I know of one guy who had three car crash claims under his belt, his wife two and his daughter one. You would wonder if the insurance companies are doing any background checks at all- I mean, how unlucky can one family be?

      1. Clampers Outside

        True that. There was a woman in Cork, a most unfortunate individual, who had sued Cork County Council 12 or 13 times and got a claim on all but the last one when the judge did see the history and threw out the last case.

        There are individuals who will sue for any fall, minor accident or whatever and those who will stage accidents, but they are in the minority, to my understanding. And yet still, Ireland does not have the same level as of litigious actions as those countrie I named. But we do have higher payouts.

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