Slugger blogburst…

Kicking off, no one does hysteria like the Irish… SK picks up a piece in today’s Irish Times and notes that the fact that the ICTU keeps quiet about in its ten point plan, ie that “public sector workers on balance did far better out of the Celtic Tiger than the private sector ones.”- Michael argues that if you cut wages you also cut tax revenues. But something must be done when “Goodbody [is] predicting that the General Government Deficit will be 25 percent higher than Government estimates this year.” He asks of the devaluators (public secotr wage cutters to you and me) that since “private consumption will fall by seven percent (Government estimates put it at less than three percent), how much more would a wage cut add to this downward cycle?”

– Cian with the ‘I kissed Brian Cowen musical interlude‘…

– Karl Whelan on the how the Pensions Levy works

– Gavin wants to know if Brian Lenihan reads the papers….

– Justin O’Brien (formerly of Queens, now in Canberra) says the government should reveal everything it knew (ie the whole PWC report)…

– After getting a bit of stick in Slugger’s comment zone for sticking it to the non-attributing MSM (and cloud sintex, etc..) , Conaill reveals that it was him who texted Good Morning Ulster… So ya boo, sucks, etc…

– Yay… it got Lance his bike back though

– For once, David Vance and I see eye to eye on something… The descent of values the Northern Irish house market is a Good Thing… He doesn’t link him, but here’s Adam Smith’s enlightened view of property markets:

A dwelling-house, as such, contributes nothing to the revenue of its inhabitant,” Smith said in The Wealth of Nations. “If it is lett [sic] to a tenant for rent, as the house itself can produce nothing, the tenant must always pay the rent out of some other revenue.” Therefore Smith concluded that, although a house can make money for its owner if it is rented, “the revenue of the whole body of the people can never be in the smallest degree increased by it”.

– Tories and Social intervention? Good says Burke’s CornerRubbish says the Liberarian Party blog

– And O’Neill raids Finland for the way to go on selection in education

– And finally The Voyage packages the unenlightenment project the DUP is fast becoming tight as a drum…

Adds: Wasn’t sure how this thread was going earlier, but it has developed into a blunt, but mostly civil and revealing discussion about the probity of the Irish Blog Awards

  • Rory Carr

    “…no one does hysteria like the Irish”

    Come off it, Mick! That is just plain silly. As far as stereotypical national imagery goes we Irish would lag a long way behind the stereotypes of a lot of others.

    Why our historical long-suffering and willingness to try and trust again and yet again after treaty after treaty was broken by our persecutors would rather attest to stoicism.

    But if ever there was a time to get hysterical well, boys and girls, this is it! So get to it – asobbing and ascreaming and abeating at your breasts and tearing out your hair and rending your raimentry. The word is out there – hysteria is so in this season.

  • Mick Fealty

    Humour Rory… It was big in the sixties… Weren’t you there? Oh yeah, you can’t remember!!! 😉

  • Mack
  • Hysteria doesn’t beging to cover some of the nonsense that is coming out of establishment political and economist circles in the free state.

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it


    any chance of a seperate thread which looks at what the alternatives to current FF policy or examines what is wrong with having a National Rainbow governmment to deal with what is now a National emergency?

    It suits all opposiiton parties to enjoy the show as FF (rightly) takes one up the political jacksie – but clear action is required which will probably be unpalatable for ALL and someboby sooner or later will have to say so before the IMF/Germans are issuing instruction on how to run the country – it isnt just SF that are light on detail.

  • Mick Fealty


    Ta… Had it marked ran out of time for that one… any help with these Blogbursts gratefully received… Seriously…

  • Mack

    In that case, there’s two of them, just to hammer it home..

  • Mack

    Some background on FF TD Frank Fahey’s recent promotions..

  • Mack

    Also, did you know, our champagne socialist hero David Begg, President of the ICTU is on the board of the Irish Central Bank. I kid you not, the valiant defender of well paid civil servants at the expense of the soon-to-be-unemployed-private-sector worker sat on the board of an institution that bears a heavy responsibility for the bubble that brought us to our knees.

  • Harry Flashman

    “Also, did you know, our champagne socialist hero David Begg, President of the ICTU is on the board of the Irish Central Bank.”

    Kevin Myers rightly takes up that point Mack, here you have a union official publicly sounding off about nationalising Irish banks while he is a director of the Irish Central Bank and presumably privy to certain highly sensitive information regarding the books of Irish banks, well that’s a great way to restore confidence in the Irish banking sector.

    And why is Begg on the Central Bank board? We see something similar with reports that Gary McGann a former director of Anglo Irish has resigned as chairman of the Dublin Airport Authority, and that another former AI director Ann Heraty is also a director of Bord na Mona and Forfas.

    Why are so many senior public posts held by such a privileged few in Ireland, aren’t there enough qualified people in a population of five million to go around? This ‘golden circle’ extended way out beyond Anglo Irish Bank, plum publicly financed jobs in Ireland seem to have been the preserve of a very cosy few.