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A Tale of Two Countries

Lords Hansard:

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

What representations the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission made to its counterpart in the Republic of Ireland concerning the ban on United Kingdom citizens purchasing property in parts of that country unless they have a major qualification in Irish; and what representations the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission made to its counterpart in the Republic of Ireland concerning the ban on United Kingdom citizens obtaining employment in that country unless they speak Irish.

And the reply:

Lord Rooker: As the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission remains independent of government, the noble Lord may wish to write to the commission directly on this matter.

Meanwhile, in Commons Hansard:

Mike Gapes: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions his Department has had with the Irish Government on establishing a dedicated Irish television channel for Irish people living in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

Andy Burnham: My right hon. Friend the Member for Stalybridge and Hyde (James Purnell) met with Eamon Ryan TD, the Irish Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, on 22 January 2008, to discuss a number of issues. The subject of establishing a dedicated Irish television channel for broadcast in the UK was raised, but no firm decisions have been made.


Ever get the feeling the rest of the planet struggles to keep a straight face when dealing with this government?

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Blogger Ed said... 1:41 pm

Modish opinion once held that Bush had done a great deal to undermine the "image" of his country. I think This Labour government have done more than any other to shred the reputation of this country. Our key "selling points" are rapidly being undermined by these fools. We must have them out a.s.a.p..  



Blogger Ed said... 1:42 pm

sorry for bda spelin' and granmer  



Blogger Croydonian said... 2:39 pm

All very true, and no need to apologise for keyboard slips - we all make them.  



Anonymous nomad said... 2:52 pm

I wonder just how much it cost to produce the first answer. Surely the staff in Rooker's office must have known that the question was not relevant to their Department and could have sent a 2 line email - or even picked up the phone!! - to inform the questioner's office/secretary of this fact and thereby saved a lot of time, trouble and expense. Why do these zombies constantly show no initiative?  



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