What’s Another Sneer?

Anti-recession ideas: rebuild Titanic, sell Shannon and move our prisons overseas – The Irish Times – Sat, Mar 06, 2010

For a brief period, blogger Hugh Green had some fun with his suggestion of mandatory clown suits for social welfare recipients. Resentment towards welfare recipients would diminish since everyone loved looking at clowns, he suggested. Benefit recipients would feel happier knowing that they were cheering up others, and tourism would receive a major boost with happy clowns on every corner. “Great idea, I love it,” commented someone with the suspicious user name of “Brian Cowen”. However, not everyone enjoyed the joke and the entry could not be found on the site earlier this week.


I was watching the Late Late the other night. Struggling to wrest free of the Montrose-forged manacles of polite backslapping, national lion of Eurovision victory Johnny Logan raised his silver mane briefly in resistance against the faceless elites who run this place. Whereas the Scandinavian people had gone gaga in platinum for his open-shirted, open-hearted croon, back in Ireland the people were getting handed the likes of Dustin the Turkey, cooked up in the corridors of broadcasting power.

Johnny, I hardly knew ye. But I know ye now. I know now how these people operate, the way they murder inspiring ideas as they smile, slinging them up on the cold marble slab of death.

Well, up yours with your country, Martin McAleese, and up yours with your call, Daithi Ó Sé. I’m going to pull together a coalition of real movers and shakers to get this clown show on the road. The likes of me, Johnny Logan, and maybe even Tony Quinn. We are as mad as hell, and we’re not going to take it any more.


5 Responses to “What’s Another Sneer?”

  1. 1 coc March 8, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    There does appear to be some pruning of the suggestions on that site alright. I have submitted 40 observations so far, the most, eh, observant of which have mysteriously vanished, including my support of your excellent idea. I’m starting to suspect it’s all a fix and Martin McAleese himself will win, using one of the ideas they deleted.

    • 2 Hugh Green March 8, 2010 at 12:17 pm

      Stalinism, pure and simple.

      It’ll start like this, with a letter to the Irish Times.


      In light of the heroic efforts made by Martin McAleese with regard to Your Country, Your Call, I could not help but be struck, as the badgers on the front lawn nuzzled each other this morning and the burglar alarm went off at an elderly neighbour’s, by the thrusting genius of the idea on Mr McAleese’s site submitted by -I had to gasp- none other than Martin McAleese!

      His proposal that social welfare recipients should wear clown suits reflects this remarkable man’s concern for the most vulnerable, allied to a cheery inclination toward levity as a means of lifting the darkness.

      Is it any wonder that people are talking about him as a candidate for the Presidency once his illustrious wife stands down?


      Leonard Heffernan
      Estuary Mudflats
      Co. Dublin

  2. 3 PuckstownLane March 10, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    That we are holding a competition to come up with ideas to save the country is a complete indictment of the useless time-servers we have in Government at the moment. It’s THEIR job to come up with good ideas to improve the lives of Irish citizens. That’s what WE pay them for. Brian Cowen and his Government are the ones who are supposed to be “generating hope, confidence, and positive thinking”. Oh, God. Not only are they useless, they are also completely without shame.


    • 4 Hugh Green March 11, 2010 at 10:18 am

      Puckstown Lane, I agree that this YCYC business highlights an incapacity on the part of the government to address the needs of its citizens. At the same time I’m not so sure it’s enough to leave the question of improving the lives of citizens to the government, even though politicians need to be held to account on this score. It’s really up to people to exert sufficient control over institutions so that the institutions do what they need them to do. This means it won’t be resolved purely by another round of voting.

      • 5 Hugh Green March 11, 2010 at 10:19 am

        Which is not to imply, of course, that YCYC is a useful way of doing this. On the contrary: YCYC is basically a way of covering the ass of the government and the interests it represents.

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