Two faces of the ‘ungrateful’ Daily Mail…

Here’s an extract from the leading article in today’s Daily Mail that’s available in England today…

 …at least there was a case to be made for that £7 Billion to our (ungrateful) neighbour [erm, that would be Ireland – Ed] on the grounds of close ties of trade, kinship and history.

No such argument can be put forward for bailing out the bankrupt Greeks, to whom we have no earthly obligations.

Hmmm… Has no one told Paul Dacre, that that amounts to a nice little earner for the UK Exchequer of some £400 million a year? Perhaps he’d like to share his pejorative thoughts with the 50,000 so people buying the Irish version of his paper, which (surprise surprise) makes no mention of the ‘ungrateful’ neighbours…

I’d say given Ireland is paying such a handsome rate for cash lent, and the Mail’s Irish adventure is enjoying what is in the circumstances, a decent growth curve from Irish consumers, the ingratitude is hardly been displayed on the Irish side of the water…

  • Drumlins Rock

    Mick, the return does possibly reflect the risk of not getting our capital back possibly… and I beleive the interest rate was reduced at the same time as the EU reduced theirs, are your figures based on the new rate?

    TBH I don’t know of many examples of “ungratefulness” except from the usual suspects, its not really a time for either country to be sniping at each other and generally they don’t. There is just one issue where I suspect the Irish Gov is shafting the Brits, that is in NAMAs quick disposal of UK based assets, that means they can’t be sized if a default happens.

  • Rory Carr

    Close ties of kinship and history, my Irish arse !

    Considerations of the RoI being UK’s 5th biggest export market at £15.3 billion in 2009 behind only USA (33.5bn); Germany (24.8bn); France (17.9bn) and Netherlands (17.4bn)* might just come into play, the more especially when we consider that Greece at under £1bn is not even among the top 25 of UK’s customers.

    Anyone will loan money to buy their goods.Bet there’s sale on at DFS this weekend with unbelievable, never-to-be-repeated (until next weekend) bargains and no obligation to begin repayments until the end of the world (or The Rapture for Evangelical 3-piece suites)..

    2009 figures.

  • Dec

    So to surmise, the Daily Mail is being accused of ignoring salient facts? And this is thread-worthy? Only last week they were reporting that Amanda Knox’s conviction was upheld.

  • Mick Fealty

    Dec, yes that. And the hypocrisy angle. Again, not for the first time. But, I thought, worthy of note.

  • HeinzGuderian

    So to surmise, the Daily Mail is being accused of ignoring salient facts? And this is thread-worthy? Only last week they were reporting that Amanda Knox’s conviction was upheld.

    ………the guardian were reporting the very same story.
    What was that about ignoring salient facts ?

  • Dec

    Mick

    was only teasing – recently I read that Dacre’s daily editorial meetings were known as ‘The Vagina Monologues’ on account of the frequency of underlings being labelled ‘cunts’.

  • Dec

    ‘the guardian were reporting the very same story.
    What was that about ignoring salient facts ?’

    heinz

    However tempting a bout of whataboutery on random English newspapers might be, I think I’ll pass. Maybe someone in your drop-in centre can oblige?

  • DoctorWho

    Rory

    “Close ties of kinship and history, my Irish arse !”

    But yet yours and many other Irish arses are located in Britain. Do you really hate it that much.

  • Rory Carr

    No, Doc. I don’t hate it at all but, like my English friends and neighbours, I detest the lies, cant and hypocrisy, just as I would were I in Ireland. Don’t you?

  • I feel that yellow card for HeinzGuderian @ 3:10 pm is a trifle harsh. He was, after all, only lifting from Private Eye and elsewhere. Of course, as usual, he was being provocative.

    Let’s take other offences into account.

    Kelvin MacKenzie went high on the Richter scale before Lord Leveson this afternoon. He not only got away with it; but was quoted in full rant, even celebrated, on the BBC (Radio 4 and now BBC News). I await the YouTube (advice on link welcomed).

    And have we all been following the debate on how to speel and pronounce “fuschia”?

    Anyway, it’s not as thought the Mail doesn’t have a track record of being Hibernophobic and exploitative — the Peter McBride story, the “passing off” as the Sunday Tribune, the retention of lowered VAT, at least three examples of data-hacking …

    OK, chaps, carry on as usual.

  • There may have been a couple of typos in that previous post. [Hic!}

  • Mick Fealty

    He didn’t get it for that Malcolm.