Letters to the Editor: 'Mid-terms dealt a severe blow to Trump – he just doesn’t seem to understand that fact yet'
I beg to differ from the analysis by Rob Crilly of the US mid-term elections ('President will take heart from results that offer him a populist path to winning second term', Irish Independent, November 8).
Mr Crilly claims the elections delivered a predictable split result.
It is the case that the Republicans did well in the Senate race, but only one-third of the Senate seats were up for election and, of those, 26 were Democrat seats and only nine were Republican seats.
A truer reflection of the country's feelings, affiliations and disgust were the election results of the candidates for the House of Representatives.
All the House seats were at stake and therefore the whole country - to any other incumbent president the results would have been devastating.
To give Mr Trump his due, he will continue to act in his sociopathic manner because he has no idea of the implications of the results, either congressional of gubernatorial, on what he can get away with.
This man is still living in the world of reality TV and God help those White House staff who try to explain what the Democratic Party's control of the House will mean to his inane utterances.
It will not be long before he is brought to task by the House for, amongst other matters:
- Banning CNN journalists from White House press conferences because they ask him questions that he cannot answer;
- Firing the directors of the FBI and CIA and his Attorney General in attempts to silence and hide evidence of his alleged collusion with Mr Putin in connection with the presidential election, and alleged blackmail by Mr Putin's thugs over alleged nefarious activities;
- His incarceration of children in military concentration camps away from their parents;
- His racist support for white supremacists, for the only purpose of winning support for Republican candidates from fascists - which also brings into question the contradiction of these followers' anti-Semetic Jew-hating ideology and his support of Israel.
Square pegs in round holes? Sociopaths' utterances for short term gain?
In fact, and in passing, Mr Trump's behaviour, and in particular Mr Trump himself, brings to mind George Clemenceau's view that "America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without the normal intervening period of civilisation".
Muswell Hill, London
'Some people need to start identifying with reality'
I read your story about the Dutchman who "identifies" as being 20 years younger than he is ('Man (69) wants court to lower his age to 49,' Irish Independent, November 9).
At the risk of coming across as "un-woke", this is pure Monty Python stuff! How can someone be given a day in court to sue over an aspect of reality which is completely outside of anyone's control and which absolutely nothing can be done about? In this age of 'you can be whatever you want to be!' and non-stop positive thinking, harsh reality is brushed aside and anyone who draws attention to it is railed against and labelled a "hater".
But reality is reality and can't be changed by court order or by any other means. We'll just have to get over it!
Killarney, Co Kerry
Pensioners have already given enough to the State
A review into the contributory State pension is a matter of concern. Social Welfare Minister Regina Doherty now advises her department will contact pensioners directly with the outcome of their individual review.
Could I point out that the minister has already access to all the relevant information. Indeed, having satisfied all the criteria at the time of application, there is also a legitimate expectation that the core rate will not be varied.
I paid taxes for years before retiring at 65. Since then, our household benefits have been decimated. Even the miserly bereavement grant has been taken away. I thought I had seen it all. What's next?
Shame on you, minister, for the crass way you are dealing with this issue, thus creating unnecessary anxiety for the elderly. We pensioners have enough health issues to deal with in the twilight of our years without having to worry about the continuance of our pension.
As it seems the minister is on a fishing expedition seeking more savings, I suggest that she and her Government refocus priorities and target those who can afford to pay, and not the most vulnerable. Contributory state pensioners have paid their dues to this State. Enough is Enough.
Clontarf, Dublin 3
Streets of capital could host Irish Grand Prix
It is observed that the recent Mexican Grand Prix was run by an organisation called CIE with significant state funding (Irish Independent, October 30).
I wonder if our own similar-named transport entity would be interested in staging an Irish Grand Prix if significant State funding was forthcoming.
Interestingly, Formula One has this week reached a deal with Vietnam to stage a race on the streets of its capital, Hanoi, from 2020 onwards. Given that our Transport Minister has not given up hope of bringing the Olympics to Ireland at some stage in the future, an Irish Grand Prix on the streets of Dublin would not be half-bad for starters.
Highfield Park, Co Galway
Tubridy treated Casey with a lack of respect
I watched the 'Late Late Show' last Friday looking forward in particular to the interview with Peter Casey, who was interesting to listen to, sincere in what he said, and had a number of good ideas on running the country.
However, I was deeply annoyed by the way he was interviewed by Ryan Tubridy as instead of affording him the opportunity to speak and get his points across, he constantly interrupted him in his efforts to do so. Mr Tubridy showed a complete lack of respect and there was a notable difference between how he treated Mr Casey and how he treated other people that he interviewed, such as Mary Robinson.
He should have listened to what Mr Casey had to say and afforded the same opportunity to the audience and the viewers, instead of trying to dominate the interview and drown Mr Casey out with the sound of his own voice.
His manner was in contrast to that of Mr Casey, who remained calm and dignified throughout the interview in spite of Mr Tubridy's treatment of him.
The applause Mr Casey got from the audience at the end spoke for itself.
Stamullen, Co Meath
Let Schmidt put HSE staff through their paces
One well-recognised difference between the All-Blacks and Ireland, until recently, was that while we had great players, New Zealand had a great team.
Similarly, our health service is full of many great people but it doesn't add up to the sum of its parts.
With this in mind, should Joe Schmidt be the next head of the HSE?
Cahir, Co Tipperary
Taoiseach's remarks an insult to hospital staff
I write in reference to An Taoiseach's comments that frontline hospital staff must work "full whack" over the Christmas period. What a ludicrous statement! I am deeply offended by these comments, as well as his peculiar phrasing.
I am currently an intern in UHL and I can assure Leo Varadkar that frontline staff are not the problem. The doctors and nurses are hard working, doing their utmost to provide a professional and competent service.
I'd bet my bottom dollar that the frontline staff all over the country work in a similar manner to those in UHL. We, undoubtedly, will be working 'full whack' over the Christmas period, unlike the members of the Dáil.
I thought the Taoiseach would have more sympathy for the real people running the health service, given his medical background. We are not the problem. The problem is a poor health service governed by the joke that is the HSE. Maybe if the Taoiseach gave young doctors and nurses any incentive to stay in Ireland we might not be in this mess.
I come from a very strong Fine Gael background. My parents and grandparents have supported the party their entire lives. I, too, have supported Fine Gael for as long as I could talk. But not anymore...
Defending against the debacle that is Brexit
The definition of backstop...a good centre half?
Beaumont, Dublin 9