There are some who would condemn Today with Claire Byrne (RTÉ1, weekdays, 10am) for starting by delving into the horrors of British politics – a trip so deep that three people Heavy contributors are journalists Matthew Parris and Sonia Purnell, and Professor Jonathan Tonge.
the rioters claim we have our own perfectly good scandals, so why does RTÉ seem to mislead the supposedly high-end British cultivar?
There’s also been some suggestion that some listeners may be enjoying indecent glee in the UK’s demise – a foolish indulgence in the long run and perhaps in the short term too. .
But I will not condemn RTÉ for this. Indeed, I will commend Claire Byrne for making this appeal, for resisting the urge to the parish, for realizing that at this point in British history, their scandals bigger and better than ours.
And, of course, their scandals have a way of becoming our scandals, whether we like it or not.
Most days now in Westminster are like an episode of Heir – you don’t have good handwriting, but you do have bad things happen to bad people, and it’s “real”, in a way.
Above all, however, it is important that RTÉ’s main news radio program leads with this, because it serves as a warning to us. Not so much a warning from history as a warning from today, about what happens when the political class deceives people into the badlands of amusing nationalism.
In fact, it wouldn’t be weird for Claire Byrne will start most days with the dire consequences of Brexit and of British nationalism that it has released into the atmosphere as poisonous gas. We should probably teach it in our schools – while we still have the chance.
Sometimes our scandals aren’t even called scandals – like Des Cahill’s departure from Sunday Gamescontained in the same episode of Claire Byrne. And OK, it may not have quite the global impact as the UK changes prime ministers seemingly for the sake of sport, but it’s a disturbing chapter in our island’s story.
This time, it is Des who directs us deeper – without the involvement of Matthew Parris and a professor – and so he can only hint at the real depths surrounding the alarming disappearance. move away from RTÉ’s GAA coverage of TV personalities with personalities, such as .
Claire alludes to this by referring to an interview Des did a while ago. It’s with Vincent Hogan in Independent Irish, and Des said: “We miss the laughs on the show, a bit of improvisation. I remember it. Because the show has no room to breathe in my opinion.”
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With “laughter… a bit of improvisation”, Des has in mind some of us the word “Joe Brolly”. And the other fallen comrades who can no longer be seen Sunday Games.
Des reassures Claire that he’s glad he’s made the right decision to leave at this point, mainly because it gives him a chance to attend Sunday’s games again. He talks about his love of going to the games again and again, until you hear yourself say, “Great, the games are great, but nobody likes watching them that much.”
He, and the other personalities, will be missed.
Meanwhile on The Pat Kenny Program (Newstalk, weekdays, 9 a.m.) they are talking about the “garbage game”, which is embroiled in the never-ending scandal of “cleansing sports”.
Miguel Delaney’s Irishman Independence in the UK has represented us and him with distinction on the subject, and is also a frequent guest on the subject. Last words with Matt Cooper.
But it’s a topic that’s getting so big, we’ll soon need a team of Miguels doing this, all the time.
The way in which countries like the UAE and Saudi Arabia go about owning long-standing British football clubs is exerting unbearable pressure even on clubs owned by billionaires. the ordinary rich are rich. And that’s before we get close to the attrition darkness of the Qatar World Cup.
It all seems too much, but some things we can control. So I was shocked when Pat asked Miguel if he thought we had too much football on our phones?
These are words that should never be uttered by any responsible person.
There are no such things.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/radio/claire-byrne-is-right-at-this-time-in-british-history-their-scandals-are-just-bigger-and-better-than-ours-42085127.html Claire Byrne is right – at this point in British history their scandals are bigger and better than ours