‘The Vast Majority Of People Have Willingly Obeyed’


Stephen Collins of The Irish Times

This morning.

Further to the government u-turn that has ensured Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment recipients will not have their pay cut if they travel to green-listed countries.

Stephen Collins, columnist  and former political editor of The Irish Times, is not happy.

He fumes:

The Government was entirely justified in withdrawing the pandemic payment for people who flout the advice not to travel abroad unless it is essential, never mind those leaving the country for good.

The vast majority of people have willingly obeyed the advice not to holiday abroad.

By allowing itself to be bullied into a U-turn by hysterical objections, the Coalition let down the vast majority of people who have shown a willingness to act in the common good even if that entails a financial sacrifice….

Good times.

Meanwhile, later…

Politicians’ pay has always been an obsession of the Irish media for as far back as anybody can remember. In the overall scheme of things TDs and ministers are reasonably well paid, but then again so are public servants at all levels…

…Pandering to ignorance about their pay has done nothing to improve the standing of politicians.

Pandering to ignorance about TD pay does nothing to improve standing of politicians (Stephen Collins, Irish Times)

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7 thoughts on “‘The Vast Majority Of People Have Willingly Obeyed’

      1. Jonboy

        The first bit is incorrect though. The Government have advised against non-essential except to Green List countries.

        Direct from the Department of Foreign Affairs website – DFA.ie:

        General advice to avoid non-essential travel and ‘Normal Precautions’ list of exemptions:

        In accordance with Government policy, which is based on official public health advice, the Department of Foreign Affairs continues to advise against non-essential travel overseas. This includes Great Britain but does not apply to Northern Ireland. It also includes all travel by cruise ship. However, as of 21 July, travel to a very limited set of locations is exempted from this advice. The security status for those locations to which non-essential travel can resume has been changed to ‘normal precautions’ (“green”) rating. Individuals arriving in Ireland from these locations will not be required to restrict their movements on arrival.

  1. Micko

    “Shown a willingness to act for a common good”

    Would ya stop Stephen.

    Most people are doing what they’re told coz they don’t want to get in trouble with the police.

  2. class wario

    this fella has gone very deep into parody territory the past 12-18 months in particular

  3. Ger Nalist

    Presume this is being posted to get us all riled up.
    Not working, folks
    Stephen is a beacon of straight speaking non-virtue seeking commonsense

  4. Dr.Fart

    this is the same boot licker who wrote an op-ed about how brilliant it would be to bulldoze most of Dublin 8 and make it another financial district

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