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What you want to say – 23rd April 2014 April 23, 2014

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As always, following on Dr. X’s suggestion, it’s all yours, “announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose”, feel free.

And speaking of Australia, what of New Zealand? April 20, 2014

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…interesting piece on attitudes to the monarchy in New Zealand on foot of a visit there by members of the British royal family. There’s quite strong republican sentiment in that state, and one that is reflected even amongst the ruling conservative National Party… though:

[under National party and avowed Republican Key] however, signals have been contradictory. He reintroduced titular honours in 2009, and on the crucial matter of ditching the monarch he is looking happy to let “eventually” drift into “not on my watch”. Yet he’s keen on the de-Britification of the flag, even while New Zealand keeps its British monarch.

Which suggests many things.

As for the public, they’re divided, but they’re hardly marching in the streets. A recent poll commissioned by a republican group showed 44% wanted the next head of state to be a New Zealander. But on any given day, mortgage rates and the price of milk seem more pressing than who will be your next constitutional figurehead.

Which surely is similar to many places where constitutional issues have a genuine power but that power fluctuates in terms of its prominence and intensity.

What of this?

Compared to Australia, New Zealand is generally considered more royalist, possibly because of Australia’s higher proportion of Irish Catholic settlers. That’s evidenced by Australia’s introduction of republican-style honours in 1975, yet republicanism reached a high-water mark around 1999, when a republic referendum was defeated.

Support for the monarchy there recently polled at around 55% – not all that different from some New Zealand polls. Meanwhile, Australia’s prime minister, Tony Abbott, has reinstated an oath of allegiance to the Queen and restored titular honours. These aren’t the actions of someone on the verge of running Her Majesty out of town.

Perhaps not. But in a way isn’t this a process of a slow but steady march to less and less of the substance and imagery of monarchy in these states – with certain reversals along the way? It will be interesting to see if a future Australian Labor party government will do away with those honours.

That’s not to deny sentiment or attachment, those feelings are real(in so far as “feelings” express sentiment on the part of those who hold them). But they operate in something of a void. Nor is that to deny that they have political expression – Abbott’s reinstatement of those trappings is telling given his political position. But again the substance is significantly different.

Fundamentally these are largely sovereign nation states with their own local, regional and international interests and much of this is simply froth and optics. And it can be that because the stresses and tensions that characterise states with strong historical linkages living geographically cheek by jowel are largely absent in the relationship between the UK and Australia, New Zealand and indeed Canada.

Two polls…two sets of results… April 19, 2014

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Not sure what to make of these polls from the Sunday Independent and the Sunday Times. http://www.rte.ie/news/2014/0419/609879-opinion-poll/

Very divergent figures, lots of don’t knows, and perhaps too intermittent to provide a clear insight into the dynamics extant. Liberius, Ivorthorne and Shea offering interesting analysis in recent comments.

Neo-liberalism and the Irish polity April 17, 2014

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Just noticed this from Vincent Brown’s column in the Irish Times.

Joining the euro, the single currency, was a momentous change, for it involved the surrender of a large chunk of what remained of our sovereignty. It opened the floodgates to cheap money, the property bubble and the financial crash. But, most crucially, it required the incorporation into our political culture and public policy of the ideology of neoliberalism – the supremacy of markets, light touch or no touch regulation, privatisation and all the attendant inequalities that such policies ordain.

Not that there were not pressures domestically to go with that infection. Mary Harney (more Boston that Berlin) was perhaps the foremost apostle of neoliberalism but she had ardent disciples in Bertie Ahern, Charlie McCreevy, Richard Bruton and some silent ones in the Labour Party

It’s an interesting assessment overall and quite persuasive, certainly the EU project appears to have ever more tightly embedded us and other member states in a very specific definition of the orthodoxy, but what about the last line in it?

I’ve always felt the 2007 LP election platform, and in particular the attitude to personal taxation, was worthy of much greater consideration than it was perhaps afforded in terms of what it represented in respect of the positioning of that party and how it saw itself as much as critiques from beyond it. But the term ‘silent ones’ is genuinely fascinating for what it implies.

Out of sight, out of mind… April 17, 2014

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this piece on Irish Central by John Fay brings to light a gift from the United States of the battle flag of the Fighting 69th from the Civil War to the Irish people. And where is it?

Hanging in Leinster House, the building that hosts Ireland’s parliament, is the battle flag of the Fighting 69th from the American Civil War. The flag has hung in the building ever since President John F Kennedy unveiled it as a gift from the American people back in June 1963.

It makes a great wall-hanging. It’s very impressive. I saw it once years ago and, if I remember correctly, it hangs just at the bottom of a staircase. I’m not sure now because, well, I have only been able to see it once. And that’s the problem.

As Fay continues:

President Kennedy did not offer the flag to Ireland’s parliamentarians. He did not say:
“You elected officials are a cut above the common people of Ireland. So be sure to keep this flag where you can admire it regularly, but where few of the unwashed masses will ever feast their eyes upon it. After all, what is it to them that tens of thousands of their kin, their forefathers’ and their forefathers’ brothers fought, bled and died for the honor of that beautiful flag?”

What you want to say – 16th April 2014 April 16, 2014

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

As always, following on Dr. X’s suggestion, it’s all yours, “announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose”, feel free.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… More Campaign Songs April 12, 2014

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I’d previously done a post on some Irish Election Campaign Songs.
Here going further afield to the Antipodes , France, Chile and the US.

“It’s Time” was the Australian Labor Party slogan in 1972

The Campaign was targetted at the Youth vote and I gather there are a number of then high profile Australian singers involved in the ad.

This actaully covers the Cmpaign song as well as some ads used in New Zealand

My French is poor but I think Chirac may have actually sang on this.

The chorus translates along the lines of

Lovers of Paris, are united, all united, with Chirac in Paris,”

This one is from Chile

According to Wikipedia

The 1988 Chilean national plebiscite was a national referendum held on 5 October 1988 to determine whether de facto leader Augusto Pinochet should extend his rule for another eight years. The “No” side won with 55.99% of the vote, ending Pinochet’s 16½ years in power


One of the Chirpy Kennedy Campaign songs

Jimmy Carter Campaign Song from 1976

From the National Print Museum… April 11, 2014

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…yesterday evening’s presentation on “Red roses, overcoats and the Prince of Darkness: A journey through Irish Political Imagery from the 1970s onwards” – given by Dr Ciarán Swan (NCAD), Irish Left Archive, as part of the Political Ephemera exhibition which he has co-curated. Many thanks to all those who attended and to the staff of the NPM.

The next presentation in this series will be given by Ciarán on the evening of 1st of May at 18.30 pm discussing Irish political imagery in the context of establishing and developing the Irish Left Archive. All welcome. Further details soon.

Alan Kinsella of IEL, also co-curator of the Exhibition, will be giving a curated tour this Sunday morning at 11.00 am. For anyone who hasn’t been yet, or indeed has, do drop over. More curated tour times will be announced over the next month or so.

By the way check out the new Facebook page for the Left Archive here... many thanks to Left Archive co-curator Aonghus Storey for all his work on setting that and the twitter account up.

Archive of political leaflets April 7, 2014

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…here it is, some interesting Situationist materials. Thanks to doctorfive for sending the link on.

“Red roses, overcoats and the Prince of Darkness: A journey through Irish visual political material from the late 1970s onwards.” April 6, 2014

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A presentation by Dr Ciarán Swan [NCAD and the Irish Left Archive], co-curator of the ‘What you maybe meant to keep’: Irish Political Ephemera temporary exhibition at the National Print Museum, Dublin, Beggars Bush.

Thursday 10 April, 18.30, Free Admission.

Booking is essential as capacity is limited. To book a place please contact education@nationalprintmuseum.ie (please provide your full name, the number of places you would like to book and your contact number).

The presentation will be followed by a tour by Ciarán and Alan Kinsella [Irish Election Literature and joint co-curator of the exhibition].

Ciarán will be giving another presentation on the 1st of May on related topics including visual political imagery and establishing informal internet archives (again, to be followed by a curated tour by Ciarán and Alan). More details closer to the evening.


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