That Green party is gas at all. We learned over the weekend that it intends to use public money to pay comedians and jugglers to entertain revelers while continuing to foist stupid schemes on the rest of us that will make access to basic utilities unaffordable for many.
Perhaps the thought here is to distract us while we slowly succumb to frostbite.
However, there is real concern now, as Fionnán Sheahan points out (“Supercilious laziness of Eamon Ryan and the Greens are now damaging support for the climate,” Irish Independent, April 18). The necessary behavior change efforts are hampered by half-baked suggestions that are foisted on people. The fact that they are also damaging the electoral chances of the other two governing parties can hardly escape the party base.
It goes without saying that if people are to be asked to stop using sod to heat their homes, they are willing to have access to an alternative that won’t impoverish them.
But the problem seems to be that Green leaders here have no understanding of what “just transition” means or looks like. And given their apparent inability to just listen, the penny likely won’t drop until they’re thrown into the political wilderness… again.
Given that we probably don’t have an election anytime soon, hopefully in the meantime someone will emerge with the skill and ability to control the zealots in the party pushing this crazy stuff.
Rathmond, Co. Sligo
Inner cities are becoming no-go areas
As Conor Skehan points out, municipal transit planning is killing our city centers and making them fit only for cyclists who drink lattes (“To save our dying city centers, we must park the idea of a car ban,” Sunday independent17th April).
Both Dublin and Dún Laoghaire have become traffic (and shopping) no-go zones. Can you take five shopping bags on a bike or on the bus?
People can stop shopping in Dublin and Dún Laoghaire and simply head to the out of town retail parks where they can park for free and enjoy the experience.
Bray, Co. Wicklow
Johnson has more political life than a bunch of cats
Boris Johnson‘s fine for breaking the law on Covid restrictions joins the queue as the latest unprincipled episode from a perfidious British Prime Minister who, as he has well demonstrated, has more political life than a bunch of cats.
Maybe someone – anyone – could kidnap him on one of Priti Patel’s “asylum-seeker” flights to Rwanda.
St Thomas Square, Kilkenny
A century later, we’re still longing for our very own Checkers
A hundred years later, we still crave imperial norms. Do we need a house (the steward’s lodge) in Phoenix Park for the Taoiseach?
Yes, it’s aping Number 10 and Checkers for Boris and his ilk. But at a time when home prices are beyond our children’s dreams, isn’t that irking the housing market?
To add insult to injury, after a refurbishment that has cost taxpayers a fortune, we are told that the Taoisigh (for we have two) are paying a stipend of €50 a night. For real!
That’s a great price for an overnight stay at an exclusive address in a city that’s fast eclipsing its own.
It’s unlucky, Johnny – losing your sense of irony
Johnny Rotten celebrated Easter by saying of his old Sex Pistols bandmates: “I supported them for years and years because I knew they were dead. None of them would have a career without me. They didn’t do anything before, they haven’t done anything since.”
Good to see he’s phlegmatic about his recent failed legal battle against her and not the least bit bitter about it.
The fact that he now sounds exactly like what Malcolm McLaren Pistols posted shows not only that Rotten has lost a case, but also his sense of irony.
Ireland’s stars from the back row lead from the front
Great to see Peter O’Mahony on fire. Leinster’s Caelan Dorris and Josh van der Flier are also burning the earth.
Our back rows take center stage.
City of Galway
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/letters/half-baked-proposals-being-foisted-on-us-by-green-party-41564757.html Half-baked proposals foisted on us by the Green Party