Slugger’s Daily Blogburst…

Kicking off with P O’Neill, who finds that amongst investors there is now an expectation that the Republic stands a 10% chance of defaulting:

…despite our surge to the top of the EU per capita income tables that seemed to have us on a par with Germany, France, and the UK, the debt markets look now and see a fragile economy sitting outside the safety of the EU core.

– Jess the Dog notes that in the merger between HBOS and Lloyds TSB, “up to 50% of the new organisation may well be culled, particularly if the Halifax mortgage book proves to be a serious debt burden.” Its causing difficulties for the Scottish First Minister

– Sticking with Scotland, Shuggy reckons the SNP has been mugged by reality

– And it’s the Glenrothes by election this week, and Calum thinks Labour’s panicking, but with the latest poll results on independence Scottish Unionist thinks the SNP should be panicking…

– At home, Malachi has added thoughts to his own blog on the film Hunger after a lengthy and contentious response to it here on Slugger…

– Oh and Cranmer resents having had to run the flak of Catholic intolerance when he recently pointed out the ‘bleedin’ obvious regarding Cardinal O’Brien’s unfortunate allusion to the Nazis…

– On the Unionist side of the House, Chekov’s readers back a deal between the UUP and the Tories…

– On the other side Adelante reckons the GAA is codding itself about the issue of whether to pay players or not:

…the GAA is a multi-million Euro sports organisation. The revenue generated from gate receipts is astronomical. Add to this the ever increasing cost of merchandise, the range of which is ever expanding. I mean now you have everything from kits, to school bags to air fresheners to play station games. The monetary gains from such a range is unbelievable and I think it is futile to argue that a sport that can generate such vast amounts of revenue is genuinely amateur.

– And via Jonathan’s BritBlog Round up Chris observes of the post Brand/Ross BBC that:

This affair has shown that the corporation is excessively sensitive to moral panics manufactured by a business rival, whilst insufficiently sensitive to those of us who are more tolerant of its many failings.

– In the States one particularly idiotic Republican talking point comes to an end…

And finally what Mickey did for Hallowe’en:

Went to a Halloween party dressed as The Bradley Effect. The elemental conceptual simplicity of my costume somehow failed to terrify, even in a Dem heavy Hollywood crowd. … This may be the first election where average Web-surfing, procrastinating liberal comedy writers know more about the last Insider Advantage poll in Pennsylvania than Howard Fineman does…. Unfortunately, they thought the photo of George Deukmejian on my costume** was Robert Rubin.

  • ulsterfan

    More misery awaits when EC impose fines for exceeding borrowing limits.
    The amounts to be announced shortly and guess who pays the fine?—-that’s right the poor taxpayer who is already being attacked from all sides.

  • KieranJ

    Why is it that I get the feeling Mick and others on this board will not be satisfied until the Republic of Ireland dissolves into finacial depression?

    Nothing but doom and gloom day in and day out.

  • Dessie Farrell et al should be paid from taxes when nurses get Gatorade endorsements – and not before.

  • Gregory Carlin

    These analysts don’t factor in racketeering and fuel smuggling, they are only seeing part of the non-vibrant picture.