Slugger’s Daily Blogburst…

No blogburst tomorrow, since I’m in Oxford. And this being the second of the day will necessarily be a short one… Kicking off, Gerard, still sucking on that Red Pill, notes that all the Republic needs now is for the UK to join the Euro and that will make it retail wipe out, now the Irish southern shoppers have developed a taste for foreign northern bargains… Apparently we foreigners Nordies don’t like being messed around by our government… Though my suspicion is that we’re all slightly in hock to the England based anti tax brigade than any particularly local pressure…- And Michael is hacked off by the deflationary hegemony between the two largest parties in the Republic, and Labour or indeed anyone on the left for not providing a contra critique. He begins with a little vignette:

Imagine you are the proverbial ‘business owner’, selling goods and services in ‘the neighbourhood’. Your customer base is deteriorating fast – people losing their jobs, wage freezes and cut, shorter working hours; your customer base doesn’t have as much money to spend on your goods and services. Your business suffers and you’re just hanging on, hoping to ride it out.

– World by Storm argues that by simply offering cut harder and deeper that the government, Fine Gael’s position in the polls will pass as quickly as it arose… Have the been subliminally coaxed into a giveaway Tallaght Mark II?

– Fergus has found a clause in the statutory instruments governing the deposit guarantee scheme and found it doesn’t say what the government says it does on the tin…

– World by Storm reckons the 45% band tax rate is great and is looking forward to when it might more usefully kick back some decent revenues at 50%… Though I venture to say that would hardly be sustainable without considerable public sector reform (not least defusing the pensions’ time bomb)…

– The Northern Ireland Tories want to know what you think about the Chancellor’s massive cash injection and its effect on Northern Ireland…

– Just picked this up from our friend, Yourfriendinthenorth: “We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men”…

– Mark reports the DUP, the devolutionist party is looking for a suitable re-titling of Team UK

– Will has a fascinating debate going on over at Will and Testament on the ruling that certain offensive language, even if it originates in the Bible cannot be used in public…

– O’Neill excoriates the SNP for claiming popular backing for it’s Local Income Tax scheme when the figures look extraordinarily thin (more on that on Thursday)…

– The staff at Bobballs are looking forward to a counter charge from the Doc to Bertie’s little reminder of the Irish Republican imperative [Has anyone told the Minister of Finance, or the Irish Farmers? – Ed] the other day…

– Horseman’s getting some intelligent comment on that fifty plus one proposition for unity…

– Blurred Keys is back with news of job losses at the Irish Times as a result of lost ad revenues (bite hard on those damned Red Pills lads)…

– And Alan has a complaint for another paper that’s already been cut to the quick to keep its sister papers afloat over a slipped advert

– And finally, Bock pays homage to his notion of the fun loving Ulster Prod

  • Dewi

    If u r in Oxford you must get to the Pitt Rivers museum. Best collection of shrunken heads in the world. Wonderful.

  • CW

    Mick, all things being well I should be in Oxford tomorrow. Looking forward to your presentation!