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Tue, May. 23rd, 2006, 09:52 am

So the Irish minister for arts and culture issued a statement last night congratulating the irish eurovision team on their win.
Whats wrong with these people? is it THAT hard for him to pay attention to his job? and what do arts and culture have to do with the eurovision anyway?
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Tue, May. 23rd, 2006 09:48 am (UTC)

Thats the one - that'll learn me to believe something in a newspaper.

Tue, May. 23rd, 2006 09:51 am (UTC)

Oh wait, I just read your post again - have they actually said "Our bad, the web guy made a mistake"? and replaced it with "Gratz Lordi!!" one or can it still be implied that Minister Sparky is a bit of a tool?
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Tue, May. 23rd, 2006 10:02 am (UTC)

Note to self: Get job writing statements for minister. Get into position of trust or get job with minister too lazy to check/write his own statements. Issue statement in his name declaring his love for ladyboys in Brazil.

Y'know, I couldn't care less about Brian Kennedy as a singer... or a human being but... it must be really hard for him and other "singers" and "songwriters" on his level to go into this contest knowing that they're chosen for the way they have the best chance of not winning but not losing too badly - of being decidedly mediocre in a decidedly mediocre contest.

At least until Lordi upped the stakes. I can't wait for Ireland's attempt at monster rock next year :)

Tue, May. 23rd, 2006 03:48 pm (UTC)

Do you honestly think the Irish Minister For Anything at All issues his own statements on web-sites? On Tuesday of last week he probably dictated 5 or 6 potential statements vis-a-vis the Eurovision to some civil servant under-secretary. That civil servant passed the documents to one of the many webmaster civil servants.

The minister gets egg on his face but it wasn't him that made the mistake. Some random civil servant will find himself not being promoted for quite some time and might end up sent to whatever the worst department in the world is.

Tue, May. 23rd, 2006 03:59 pm (UTC)

No, obviously I don't think the minister sits at his desk blogging but since neither of us is privy to the inner workings of what happened there we're both making some wild guesses about the process. It isn't unheard of for someone to make a mistake and have it slip through several layers of work before it finally landed on the public eye and its as easy to believe he issued a statement that got copied and pasted onto a template as it is to believe he wrote down several of them and the wrong one ended up on the webpage.

I think occam's razor applies equally to both actually.... hmm

Tue, May. 23rd, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)

Er... we could just ask hedgetrimmer?

That civil servant passed the documents to one of the many webmaster civil servants.

Er, no. Tiny, tiny department. I used to be that (sole) webmaster. I used to have to proofread and spellcheck the stuff I was supposed to publish, though :-)

Tue, May. 23rd, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC)

YES! My utter lack of faith in humanity is justified!! Score one for the pessimists!