Plagiarism or a sign of a government distracted from the problems of the country?

There probably is nothing new under the sun, but Fianna Fail seem to be taking the ‘rip off your enemies before they rip you off’ line to an extreme… After having Noel Dempsey pinch Gerry Adams Woody Guthrie’s line that ‘some will rob you with a six-gun, some with a fountain-pen’, Irish Election have a little compilation of how the Taoiseach tried to rip off the collected best lines from Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore… P O’Neill in the comment zone notes that it raises:

….the possibility that Cowen’s media affairs unit (at taxpayer expense) goes through Gilmore’s speeches and pulls out the key points, and then constructs paragraphs in Cowen’s speeches around absorbing the points that Gilmore made. Which is a huge backhanded compliment to Gilmore, but one which would reveal a PR unit more focused on the spin cycle than on the problems the country faces. [Emphasis added]

  • brendan,belfast

    How can Noel Dempsey steal a Woody Guthrie quote from Gerry Adams? Does Adams have copyright on it?

  • Cap’n Bob

    The knowingful spreading of a disease particularly though sexual contact?

  • Cap’n Bob

    The knowingful spreading of a disease particularly though sexual contact?

  • Cap’n Bob

    Apologies for the double post.

    The “Red Word” changed so I presumed it had not got through.

  • Secret Squirrel

    No doubt Mick was just testing to see who’s paying attention.


  • Alice

    hopefully it wont be too long before we have the fianna fail press office’s version of Arlo Guthrie’s Alice’s Restaurant…….

  • Alice

    All 18 minutes 37 seconds if they please…….

  • That is the most pathetic attempt at claiming plagiarism I have ever seen. The ideas are broadly similar, and are part of the currency of every political organisation in the south, if not the world (well apart from the stuff in Irish).
    That sound is the sound of the barrel being scraped by Sherlock to try and drum up some publicity.

  • Alan

    So we can expect to hear Cowan tell the bankers, ” You can have everything – exceptin’ Alice. “

  • Voter Fury!

    Politicians in Clichéd Use of Populist Themes Shocker!

  • Who the fuck is Alice?

  • Dave

    It’s not plagiarism if the phrase is in the public domain and in common usage, e.g. “one fell swoop” or “back to basics” etc. And being in the public domain is only relevant to avoid copyright infringement.

  • William

    I wonder was it a six gun or a fountain pen, that Gerry and his mates used to rob the Northern Bank of £26 million quid, a few years ago???