Ireland, Ireland

The BBC gave the Irish sex abuse cases top billing

They even made a Vatican-driven reorganisation of the Irish Catholic Church the main item on Radio Four news a fortnight later.

Yesterday the resignation of a bishop made the PM news, with interviews and a correspondent report. Three online news items.

You’d almost think Ireland hadn’t been an independent nation for the past 90-odd years.

Yet coverage of the Irish budget, which made such a contrast to Alistair Darling’s earlier statement, was almost non-existent.

Most odd.

Admittedly Darling’s budget was the same day. But the Irish budget was important in that it was an attempt to shore up an economy which was over-borrowed, with collapsing tax revenues, a massive deficit, banks that survived by the skin of the taxpayer’s teeth and questions over the government’s credit-worthiness.

Not too far away from what we see in the UK, in fact. Obvious parallels begging to be drawn, yet Robert Peston, Stephanie Flanders and the BBC News editors heroically denied themselves.

Can’t imagine why the two topics should get such differing treatment. Can you?

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10 Responses to Ireland, Ireland

  1. deegee says:

    Can’t imagine why the two topics should get such differing treatment. Can you? 
      
    Could it be the BBC ‘understands’ matters pederasty (from Greek paiderastía: love of boys) but not pecuniary (from Lat pecūniārius: property, money)?

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  2. Paulo says:

    “Yet coverage of the Irish budget, which made such a contrast to Alistair Darling’s earlier statement, was almost non-existent.”

    Presumably you missed the Today Programme special report from Dublin on Tuesday covering the Irish budget and drawing parallels between their situation and ours?
    Oops.
    You do realise the BBC is broadcasting even when you’re not listening?

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  3. John Anderson says:

    I heard one fleeting mention on Radio 4,  thought “that sounds like severe measures being taken to tackle the debt crisis,  real political guts”

     – then pfffft,  not another wordrom the BBC.

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  4. dave s says:

    Any diversion is a good diversion. The economic position is so dire that there is really nothing to say about it. In a sense I have some sympathy with Peston et al. He must know or suspect how bad things are going to get next year as collapsing tax revenue meets a commercial property/ stock market crash and our banks go into meltdown. We will be lucky to get any rating at all from Moodys.
    The liberal elites have lived with unreality for so long that when they are finally forced to face it I doubt whether many of them will be able to without self destructing.

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  5. Martin says:

    Be nice to see how the BBC will continue to get ‘exclusives’ once the Tories take over. Peston and Toenails in particular are going to be shut out by the Tories.

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  6. Millie Tant says:

    Laban: You’d almost think Ireland hadn’t been an independent nation for the past 90-odd years.
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    Yes, it’s the nature of the BBeast to maintain its imperialist stance towards that independent country – something it has in common with the BNP. I’m sure the BBeasts will love having that pointed out to them. Heh.

    Of course the BBeast loves sensation and sex scandal and is dyed-in-the-wool anti-Catholic, never missing an opportunity to display its prejudice. Why haven’t they got a word for this? Catholicphobic. Seeing as they are normally so eager to deploy these “phobia” words an’ all. Oh, that wouldn’t do because they would have to stick the label on their own BBeasty back.

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  7. Gerald says:

    Paulo. Congratulations on spotting something I missed. Perhaps you spotted the BBC fig leaf. Which Tuesday was it on? Did it emphasise the public sector wage cuts?

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  8. Laban says:

    paolo – you mean the report from Dublin BEFORE the budget had been announced ? I was hoping there might be some analysis AFTER.

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    • Paulo says:

      Gerald – it was Tuesday the 14th. Go listen to it if you want to know what was in it.
      Laban. Follow my link I posted earlier, the report was from Tuesday the 14th following the budget which was announced on the 9th. The 14th comes AFTER the 9th in most conventional timelines. Is that good enough for you?

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  9. Gosh says:

    Good comparison, and very true.

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