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An Occasional Guide to Irish Politics: The “Courageous” Senator.

Posted by Jason O on Aug 8, 2011 in Not quite serious., Occasional Guide to Irish Politics |

Oh No! He's "called" for something!

Oh No! He's "called" for something!

It’s all about the headline. He’ll issue the statement, calling for something that sounds decisive, and it’s only when you look closer you realise it’s all guff. For a start, he’ll pick a huge target, normally a multinational that’s never heard of the Irish Senate, never mind him. Then he’ll issue an ultimatum, and possibly demand that an Irish state agency back him up. It all sounds tough and brave and leadershipy.

Except it’s a bag o’ shite. He picks an issue that he claims is important, and a product that he claims causes or could cause huge harm to consumers, whilst ignoring drink, the most serious health issue facing Irish society, because his constituents actually want the right to harm themselves with that particular product. Even his threat is weak. He doesn’t actually have any intention to do anything if the multinational just ignores him. He won’t try to get the governing party, of which he is a member, to ban the product, because┬áthat would actually be quite a serious thing to do, and he doesn’t┬ádo serious. More than that, it would show that he’s actually of minor influence in the party anyway, a cause, at best, of eye-rolling in the PP and Dail bar.

He’s not a serious person. He’s just a collection of inane press releases. You could actually replace him with a preloaded iPad with a good wifi connection. Would have the same effect.


Aug 8, 2011 at 6:35 am

Whatever could have inspired this blog post? http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0808/1224302023687.html

I like how you changed the gender so as not to make it too obvious! :)

Jason O
Aug 8, 2011 at 7:11 am

Surely such a cartoon character as I created could not really exist in a serious legislative body? Fiction, I assure you.

Peter C
Aug 8, 2011 at 8:28 pm

You want makes it even more ridiculous? All game consoles already have parental controls on them already making it quite easy to limit the games played on the device by rating or by time played. So she is calling for something that already exists.

But to be fair to her, forming completely uniformed opinions on the worlds largest entertainment medium isn’t isolated to her by any means.

Daniel Sullivan
Aug 10, 2011 at 9:50 pm

I have a copy of a particular brilliant press release from the same source which contains sentences that make no logical or grammatic sense, Outraged of Oranmore, indeed.



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