50 thoughts on “Friday’s Papers

    1. Rosette of Sirius

      Ditto. That said, I wouldn’t wish ol’ Trumpy on ‘em and that’s exactly what they’re gonna get. Reamed out of it by him.

    1. dav

      11months of following EU rules without any say in how they are made, followed by a trade deal where they still have to follow EU rules, without any say in how they are made. genius.

    2. ReproBertie

      Ah those plucky Brits who threatened war with Spain and spent years trying to bully Ireland into putting UK interests ahead of Irish ones. May they get everything they deserve.

    3. Cian

      It’s a win-win for Ireland.
      If they do well we’ll get an economic boost as our closest trading partner. If it goes badly we can point at them and laugh and laugh.

        1. ReproBertie

          They’ll sign a basic deal, probably just on goods, so that the teaboy Taoiseach can claim to have delivered and then trade talks will continue in 2021.

          1. bisted

            …disagree…the inexorable march towards a no deal Brexit starts tomorrow…UK will deliberately breach transition phase agreements and bogus ‘talks’ will be abandoned long before Dec2020…

          2. ReproBertie

            You’ve been cheerleading No Deal in the face of all that’s happened since day one bisted. Sorry to burst your dystopian fantasy but the UK have shown repeatedly that they want a deal.

          3. bisted

            …glad you noticed Bertie…had given up hope that it would ever happen but hadn’t reckoned on bungling Boris and his familiar Dominic…we are blessed to live in such eventful times…

  1. Charger Salmons

    The dawn of an historic day. The last that Britain will ever spend in the corrupt and pernicious EU.
    It’s going to be some knees-up tonight as myself and a few like-minded Irish chums welcome in the new era with a few snifters.
    I genuinely wish Ireland well in the EU.It has been a loyal and willing servant and done its master’s bidding when ordered.
    But Ireland is also losing its greatest ally in the union, which will continue to head for even more control over this country’s affairs.
    A unified tax system, an EU army and even more powers handed to unelected and unaccountable commissioners are all coming down the tracks.
    And without the UK, its budget contributions equivalent to 19 other EU states and its diplomatic influence the real danger for Europe is the tightening of the Franco-German control over the continent.
    Now Ireland’s usefulness in the Brexit process is over its power and influence in the EU will diminish.
    As with Leo and the Irish electorate it will be tossed aside like a used condom without so much as a second thought.
    Here at home the strains of free movement and an open door policy to migrants are already being felt – housing, healthcare , education and childcare are buckling under pressure through lack of investment and the inability to plan for future requirements.
    Local provision centres are being met with fierce resistance wherever they are being planned , even in the most windswept and lonely corners of this land.
    It is only a matter of time before people will kick back against being called racist and xenophobic for questioning the amount of immigration in Ireland – the voices I hear speaking quietly about the subject every day in Ireland will become louder.
    All it needs is a Nigel O’Farage to express them more eloquently.
    Interesting times ahead but hopefully our two great countries will maintain the close ties and friendships which have bonded us together for so long.
    I hope you all raise a glass at 11pm tonight and wish us Brits well.The feeling in the Charger Salmons household will certainly be mutual.

    1. Fearganainm

      Just remember that Boris & Co. have to adhere to EU regulations and laws right up to end of the year, as well as continue to hand over millions to the EU. You’ll still be paying in and doing as you’re told for a while after tonight so keep that in mind when you’re anaesthetising yourself this evening. It’s a reality that will be still be there in the morning.

      1. Charger Salmons

        Yes, it’s called a transition period and it’s what happens when a member state wishes to leave the EU.
        It allows both sides to negotiate a trade settlement against a set deadline.
        But as today is a day that many ” experts ” , particularly those on here of the barstool variety, predicted would never happen I’m sure you’ll allow me a small smile of satisfaction with my tinctures.

      1. Charger Salmons

        All that money in contributions to the EU we’ll be saving has to go somewhere.
        Of course, someone will have to make up the shortfall to fund the lavish lifestyle of the EU and its apparatchiks.
        ” Hiya Mehole – congrats on the new job. By the way, we’re gonna need a few extra bob ”
        I mean, there’s Druncker’s vast pension entitlement.
        Talking of old gammon face he’s changed his tune …

  2. Lara

    I have to laugh that there’s absolutely no one from NI on that rollercoaster, really shows what they think of them!

  3. GiggidyGoo

    And John Delaney rides off into the sunset then?
    Wasn’t the FAI Audit Report given to the Gardai for investigation? Nothing back there yet
    Deloitte have quit saying they were ‘misled’. So, how does an accountancy firm like deloitte do due diligence. Were they misled for many many years?
    1996 there was also an investigation in the FAI into the sale of World Cup tickets by the way.
    Sing along. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4AnTe663mrY

    Haven’t heard much of the the costs (to us) of the Olympic scandal in Rio lately.

    While i’m in moaning form, the Paul Kelly (Console) scandal hasn’t been heard of in a long while either.

    What have all three got in common? My money and your money supporting lifestyles only the chosen few can dream of, dispenses by successive governments.

    1. dav

      Deloitte did what they were paid to do, as do all such firms. Pardon the pun but they do not have to account for their actions and will face no censure

  4. Murtles

    After 11pm tonight, we’ll have plenty of space in the EU.
    At least 1 GB.

    *Ba-dom-tish. I’ll get my coat.

  5. :-Joe

    Financial City of Westminster-Run England looking out for itself first as usual…. The tiny minority of corrupt politicians, undemocratically elected and unaccountable lords and peers, lobbyists.. corporate finance etc etc.

    Most economists have warned it’s a mistake and many believe they’ll most likely be looking to rejoin within five to ten years…

    It’s about to get even more miserable for the same majority of british people already suffering under “austerity for the poor” tory politics.

    I wonder what odds you would get that N.Ireland, Scotland and Wales are out of the union and all in the EU by 2030?


    1. Charger Salmons

      The Eurozone is hovering on the brink of recession and German is already there.
      The zone depends hugely on the massive balance of payments surplus with UK. A No deal Brexit would tip it into recession.
      That’ll concentrate minds in Brussels.
      You need to cheer up pal.

      1. Otis Blue

        Read on…

        “The latest data confirm that economic growth in the United Kingdom had petered out at the end of last year. GDP was virtually flat in the three months to November and the latest surveys point to further stagnation in December. While there is some evidence of an improvement in business optimism following the general election, it is doubtful that this will do much to change the short- term economic outlook of further lacklustre growth.”

        Dr Garry Young
        Director of Macroeconomic Modelling and Forecasting

        National Institute of Economic & Social Research


        1. Charger Salmons

          Pah, experts.
          What do they know ?
          Business confidence and forreign direct investment are all up since the election.
          They’re calling it the Boris bounce.

          ” Our conclusion is that most estimates of the impact of Brexit in the UK, both short-term and long-term, have exaggerated the degree of potential damage to the UK economy ”
          Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge

  6. Clampers Outside


    “by 2005, it would become clear that the Internet’s effect on the economy is no greater than the fax machine’s.”
    Paul Krugman in 1998

    ‘Economystics’ would be a better term for much of their forecasting, in fairness.

  7. Charger Salmons

    Bodger old chap, throw me up a thread and I’ll live blog tonight’s celebrations from an Englishman in Ireland perspective.
    I’ve kicked off tonight’s shindig with some Gusbourne English sparkling wine and a few canapes of Loch Fyne smoked salmon ( don’t worry Scotland we still love you ) , marvellously moist Spanish chorizo ( important to help out our struggling Spanish friends ) German Gouda cheese ( top Teutonic tip – it’s wonderful ) with some Carr’s water biscuits.
    I have so many more interesting morsels and slurps to share with my Broadsheet chums, even those facing a lonely night with a mawkish pint of stout and a packet of Bacon Fries.Yes, you Brother.
    Shall we have some fun Bodge old sport ?

  8. Charger Salmons

    For the laughs we have the BBC News Channel on the 75″.
    It reminds me of watching CNN on Trump’s election night.
    Not least because Trump could also be acquitted Stateside tonight.
    So many dour BBC faces giving it large about gloom and despondency.
    Happy days.
    And over on Sky some poor sap reporting from a deserted and windswept Remainer-central Brighton seafront.
    They are scraping a bottomless barrel of self-pity

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