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USELESS GOBSHITES: Irish Daily Star lets Irish PM Brian Cowen have it

The Irish tabloids are a lot of fun. And their Irish Daily Star didn’t miss beseiged “Taioiseach” (Prime Minister) Brian Cowen who was photographed surrounded by his government colleagues announcing deeply unpopular budget cuts and a desperately needed IMF bailout 15 billion euro bailout that depends on the government agreeing to those cuts. He also foreshadowed staying in office til early next year. despite unreliable coalition party – you guessed it, the Greens – walking out on the government, potentially depriving them of a majority.

Check out Irish Daily Star’s subtle front-page that declares the government ministers “Useless Gobshites” with the explanatory “Government in meltdown but STILL they cling to power.”




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  1. Feckin grand

    Posted by Ben Doon & Phillip McCaverty | November 23, 2010, 23:33
  2. Hey, Ben and Phil. I remember you guys when you were in the 1908 Diggers’ Book of Humour. But that was a century ago.

    Posted by Climb back in your graves | November 24, 2010, 0:08
  3. I could not have put it better myself. I love it.

    Posted by Mrs P. | November 24, 2010, 11:04
  4. The people should soon be slinging rope over lampposts.

    Posted by martin | November 24, 2010, 11:43
  5. [...] is the Northern Ireland edition, fact fans, as you can tell from the green masthead – Eire edition is a red-top. If you want somewhere to start reading about Ireland's economic (and now political) travails [...]

    Posted by "Useless gobshites" – Irish Daily Star on the deepening financial crisis - Economics | Business News Online | November 24, 2010, 21:21
  6. Mate it’s the Irish, they don’t bother with rope over lampposts it’s Semtex all the way these days, you cannot beat a bit of plastic explosive.

    Posted by Medici | November 24, 2010, 22:43
  7. Cut government size in WHATEVER Country yer in by a third, get people off the dole and working for their own kit and Pride, pay government workers 10% less than their counterparts in private, then Watch the entire globe Roar to prosperity for all.

    Think of the old Soviet Union, the levels of poverty, despair and want, then DO the opposite, in other words.

    Posted by Stephen Haven | November 25, 2010, 0:14
  8. the papers can say what they want and we can seethe and fume all we want but the truth is we are not going to do a thing about it. these pricks were bad but its not like any other party wouldn’t have done the exact same in their position. there’s a reason why we were oppressed for 800 years. there are schoolchildren in england walking out of class in protest of university tuition fees hikes.SCHOOLCHILDREN! we have god knows how many grown adults on the dole, doing nothing and we still won’t get off our arses to do anything. so you get the leaders you deserve. sorry.

    Posted by stan | November 26, 2010, 3:53
  9. [...] a great time to find yourself a plot. From my experience, the committees don’t mess around. Like the Irish Daily Star, Ron the Boss and his missus call a spade a spade, and are not backward in coming forward to get [...]

    Posted by Real Men Sow / a cheery allotment blog » Blog Archive » First Timers Clearing the Jungle of Weeds | November 26, 2010, 8:50
  10. At some point a soon a western government is going to get the rope/semtex treatment. This is a golden era of government deceit and there will be a price to pay. I can’t see BIFFO the Irish premier having a glass of porter in the boozer on Tullamore high street any time soon.

    Posted by Marcodelapuebla | November 26, 2010, 21:22
  11. Utterly corrupt bunch of incompetent liars, desperately clinging on to power for as long as they can; they had no idea of the damage they were doing when it was obvious to the dogs in the street that the gravy train was going to get derailed eventually – it always does.

    Posted by Miles O'Toole | November 26, 2010, 22:54
  12. [...] [...]

    Posted by just tell it like it is.. - My Les Paul Forums | November 27, 2010, 9:56
  13. Any similarity between the Irish and Australian governments is purely coincidental.

    They pissed money up against the wall. Just not on over-priced and unnecessary school halls, deadly fake insulation, and a consultant-fest NBN.

    Ah, the luck of the Irish … at least they never had Gillard.

    Posted by Syphologist | November 27, 2010, 11:07
  14. Would love a copy of that front page, framed.

    Posted by Alan Irish in Oz | December 4, 2010, 18:36


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