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Much to his surprise a friends father told him at the weekend how after his speech in the Mansion House in Dublin on the 1st July 1990, Nelson Mandela left his speech with some handwritten notes on it, on the podium……….
Its a fairly nifty thing to have. It was kindly scanned and sent on to me this morning.
Interesting to see the changes made by Mandela such as The mention of the Irish Soccer team and the ‘solidarity with our struggle’.
you’ll have to click on the image to enlarge….
Party polls… December 9, 2013Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Politics, The Left.
Reading the SBP yesterday, there was a snippet in their back page somewhat flippant ‘Last Post’ column that was interesting. Discussing the European Elections it suggested that ‘the Labour Party has conducted a private poll on its chances of retaining the three Euro seats it won in 2009′. Feels like another world, doesn’t it, 2009?
Anyhow, the SBP report continued with the following, that ‘the results, one hears, were not entirely encouraging. The problem is that one of its MEPs – Nessa Childers – has left the party following an unfortunate sundering of relations. The other two… were not elected in the first place, but rather were replacements when the elected MEPs stood down’. And it argues that their impact on the ‘public’s imagination’ has been low.
It concludes by suggesting that ‘the real danger for Labour is that it will lose them all’.
That all has a ring of truth, though we’ll see. Six or so months yet to go until the European Elections. But more broadly on party polling, presumably all the larger parties are out doing this at this point in the electoral cycle. I often wonder what particular value they have, though something is perhaps better than nothing. Any evidence of other parties conducting such polls? And here’s a question, has anyone ever actually been approached to participate in such a poll either in person or by telephone?
Labour & Dignity – James Connolly in America Exhibition December 9, 2013Posted by Garibaldy in History.
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Got sent the following announcement that ought to be of interest to people here.
Trinity’s Long Room Hub is hosting an exhibition by New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House, Labour and Dignity – James Connolly in America.
The exhibition explores the time that James Connolly, one of Ireland’s
national icons, spent in the United States where he witnessed the successes
and failures of labor radicalism and unionization, and of working class
conditions resulting from unregulated corporate expansion.
Despite major advances made by Irish labor activists in the 19th century,
Connolly found that employers still had the advantage when he arrived in
America in 1902. Over the next eight years, he was among an influential
second generation of Irish American leaders in the United States who
rallied immigrants from all over Europe to press for the dignity of labor.
Turning homeward in 1910, he insisted that the fight for Irish nationalism
was inseparable from the battle for the rights of all workers, in factories
as well as on farms.
Connolly’s experiences in the US influenced his actions during the Dublin
Lockout of 1913, which was part of a larger transatlantic effort to secure
the rights of the working class in the years before World War I.
The ‘Labor & Dignity’ exhibition is Glucksman Ireland House’s first
contribution to Ireland’s Decade of Commemorations, which was announced in
2012 by the Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny. It is also part of a year-long
series of special academic initiatives to mark the twentieth anniversary of
Glucksman Ireland House, established as the Center for Irish and Irish
American Studies at New York University in 1993.
Professor Marion R. Casey, a faculty member at Glucksman Ireland House, and
Daphne Dyer Wolf, a PhD candidate in History and Culture at Drew
University, curated the exhibition, which was designed by Hilary J. Sweeney.
*The Trinity Long Room Hub will host the exhibition until February 2014. It
is free and open to the public between 9am and 6pm Monday to Friday.
The exhibition brochure can be downloaded here
Left Archive: Mining and Energy – The Sinn Féin Policy, Provisional Sinn Féin, 1974 December 9, 2013Posted by leftarchivist in Irish Left Online Document Archive, Sinn Féin, Uncategorized.
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To download the above file please click on the following link: SF MINING
This well presented document, issued by Provisional Sinn Féin in 1974, attempts to engage with the area of Mining and Energy. What is notable about it is that it is one a broad range of policy materials issued by PSF during this period on a number of issues, many of which are being posted to the Archive in the New Year. This somewhat blunts the impression that PSF was focused on independence and unity to the exclusion of all else. However it is fair to say that, naturally, Sinn Féin positioned the issue of Mining and Energy in the context of national independence.
The introduction notes:
Because the Republican Movement believes that the irish people are on the verge of victoy in the age-old struggle for national liberation it has shown an increasing awareness of the necessity to initiate, promote and develop political policies which can be put into action as soon as Britain declares her intention to get out of our country. The partitionist settlement of 1921, exposed as the betrayal Republicans have always held it rob e, is crumbling before the inspiration of a New Ireland.
The SF Éire Nua document, first published in January 1971 (some 16,000 copies have been sold to date) outlined 10 fundamental feature so the Republican Social and Economic Programme. it also contained detailed policies for specific sectors in chapters dealing with Finance, Education, Industry, Agriculture, etc., outlining not only what an independent Irish government could do in the New Ireland but also setting out the specific measures which could be taken here and now to ensure that the fabric of Irish life would remain as healthy and intact as possible under the present colonial and neo-colonial conditions that prevail in the partitioned states North and South.
It argues that since the publication of Éire Nua the party has expanded policy in a variety of fields. It also suggests that:
It is necessary however, to point out form the beginning that SF policy always distinguishes between what can be achieved within the limitations of the present governmental structure of this island, and the vigorous revolutionary policies which Republicans would advocate in a free New Ireland.
Interestingly the document starts by identifying ‘the question of ownership and exploitation [of Irish natural resources] in the interests of the Irish people. And it argues that the Proclamation of the Irish Republic in 1916 by asserting the “right of the people to the ownership of Ireland” in tandem with the Democratic Programme of the First Dáil Éireann, 1919 which declared:
…the nation’s sovereignty extends not only to all men and women of the nation, but to all its material possessions; the nation’s soil and all its resources, all the wealth and all the wealth-producing processes within the nation and with Pearse we re-affirm that all rights to private property must be subordinated to the public right and welfare’.
To this end the document argues that:
Sinn Féin stands not merely for the complete overthrow of English rule in Ireland but also for the setting up of a Democratic Socialist Republic. WE have outlined clearly what form this federated Republic would take in our Éire Nua programme and have incorporated the right of the Irish people to the natural resources of the country in the first point summary thus: “The wealth of Ireland belongs to the people of Ireland is theirs to be exploited and developed in their interests”.
It continues that ‘we reject “Western” liberal capitalism and the consumer society on one hand and the state capitalism of the “Eastern” bloc on the other. Our aim is to outline an alternative third way of life based on Irish traditions and values and adapted to the geographic and historic situation we find ourselves’.
And it outlines one caveat:
We also feel that what may suit in one particular sector of the economy, or even in one region of a New Ireland may not necessarily be the best solution for another. Thus while we emphasise the growth of co-operatives in agriculture and fishing matters, we advocate state management of most major sectors of the economy and the financial and banking institutions. Some industries lend themselves to independent ownerships, others to workers control, others still to development as state corporations. But the underlying principle in each case is that the rights, welfare and prosperity of the ordinary Irish citizen are paramount and have to be protected.
It argues that in the case of mining ‘because it concerns a fundamental natural resource – a national resource not owned by anybody until it is discovered and exploited… is quite unique and needs to be considered as such. For this reason we feel that the question of compensation, which would arise say if some land were to be nationalised for whatever purpose, does not apply’.
And it further argues for the establishment of the equivalent of a state Bord na Móna for mining exploration and research, which would also coordinate mining and energy development in the country and to maintain strict control on any multi-national companies that would be interested in developing any particular sectors of the wealth.
It also argues that:
In this respect an attitude similar to the present policy of Norway would be adopted. Thus while the irish tax rate on profits form exploration at about 50% is rather similar to the profits tax imposed in Norway, Sinn Féin would also insist, as Norway does, that the state company have a share in the development and that a permanent royalty be paid where a successful strike was made.
Worth noting the emphasis on wind and tidal energy to generate electricity and ‘an intensification of development on our peat-lands’.
Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week December 8, 2013Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
Brendan O’Connor has a seasonal twist on the “we all partied” line. It’s all part of a convoluted condemnation of the ESB workers.
So the people of the kingdom kept working, and they were happy, and they never had to throw a tantrum. But King Bertie knew that if he stopped giving the people who worked for the kingdom sweeties, they would stop working and have a tantrum, so he kept giving them more sweeties. And the people got used to having as many sweeties as they wanted. They even decided that sweeties grew on trees, and that they would always have more than they could ever eat. And so they all started swapping their sweeties for gold, and even the poor people started collecting more and more gold and giving more and more sweeties for it, until, one day, the people found they had no more sweeties and they had too much gold and no one wanted to buy the gold anymore. But still, even though this put a dark shadow over the land, there was peace in the land and no one had a tantrum.
Perhaps the most glib response to the death of Nelson Mandela is Niamh Horan’s column. The opening line makes says it all.
How many men could relegate Bono and Bill Clinton to standing like wallflowers in a room full of beautiful women?
The stupidest reaction, however, comes from Eoghan Harris, who reduces everything once again to a familiar theme.
EVERY hero becomes a bore at last says Brecht. Nelson Mandela has escaped that fate so far. But the saturation coverage of his heroic life is helping Sinn Fein, and indeed Irish society, to hide from all the awkward questions raised by the Smithwick Report.
When (political) distinctions are superflous December 8, 2013Posted by WorldbyStorm in Economy, Irish Politics, The Left.
In the newsagent this morning what did I see on the cover of the Irish Mail on Sunday but the news that Fianna Fáil is looking for other TDs to add to their – ahem – success with one C. Keaveney, or to put it another way, ‘high-profile’ recruits. Names bandied about included Peter Mathews who it would appear is not a member of the Reform Alliance, which may come as news to them. Tom Fleming, the indomitable Mattie McGrath and others were mentioned. But there was Stephen Donnelly who was oddly equivocal. Of course a lot depends on how the questions were put, but at least Donnelly put his finger on it, that the differences between FG, FF and the LP were relatively minimal and someone like him would feel comfortable in any of them.
December 2013: Socialist Voice from the CPOI December 8, 2013Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Here is the link to the CPOI website where the latest issue is. A wide range of topics as can be seen from the table of contents.
Table of contents:
1. “Reform or revolution?” [NL]
2. A stealth treaty to further erode national rights [TMK]
3. Health worsens as mandarins thrive [MA]
4. Is charity the enemy of justice? [RCN]
5. Transatlantic trade and investment: Governments to be legally subordinate to corporations PD
6. Bagenalstown Credit Union and its problems [MA]
7. Guidelines for common or convergent action
(15th International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties, Lisbon)
8. Venezuela in the firing line [TMS]
9. Venezuelan students to receive laptop computers and free wifi
10. Pensions and pay reduction [JM]
11. A moral choice: choose war or peace
12. Time to fight back against monopoly [PD]
13. Frank Conroy commemoration
14. Dublin Community TV: the latest victim of cultural cut-backs
“Reform or revolution?”
This is the question presented by elements of the left, as if that’s it: that’s the sum total of what the so-called left can offer working people. We can either reform elements of capitalism but maintain its essential features, and this will solve the unemployment crisis, inequality, and a variety of other systemic but undesirable features of the system, or we can “call for” a revolution, and the workers, once freed from their union-bureaucrat oppressors, will down tools and seize state power—usually without questioning the role of the European Union. With a ten-point plan to accompany it, we’re all set to save humanity.
Let’s go back to mine and drink until we can’t feel our legs! Utopia December 7, 2013Posted by WorldbyStorm in Culture, Science Fiction, Uncategorized.
Just finished watching Channel 4’s Utopia on DVD, and very good it was too, so good in fact that both the premise, execution and conclusion managed (mostly) to put a new enough twist on that hoary old genre of genetic engineering. Stylish, sure, and studied in its stylishness. Hard hearted to the point of being at times near enough unable to watch scenes of murder, torture, a series of killings in a school (all off camera but violence that didn’t pretend it wasn’t violence). And some genuinely clever plot twists, reversals and character development. Two or three very big plot holes which I won’t mention for fear of spoiling it for others, but recommended. Not least because we get to see Stephen Rea, Fiona O’Shaughnessy and James Fox.
A second series has been commissioned and I hope they manage to stay true to the first one. The last time I enjoyed new TV was BBC’s The Hour, the first series of which was great, but the second, despite excellent performances from Anna Chancellor and Peter Capaldi, wasn’t anywhere near as good as the first.
As indeed was the soundtrack and in particular the theme music by Cristobal Tapia de Veer, with a none more dubstep (and creepy) approach:
A very welcome TWIMBLT from YourCousin, who relates his experiences at elk camp.
I will admit that this elk camp didn’t exactly start off well. Working all night and then driving out to the ranch in a white out blizzard to get the horses certainly was a less than the auspicious start than I was hoping for. But after waiting for dawn to break so we could see we got the horses loaded up alright and got off to a good if late start.
I will save you all the suspense and say that we were skunked this year. All the elements were there. We were up everyday at 3:30am out of camp by 5am, we hunted from dawn until dusk, and would get back to camp at 8pm every night. Our hunting ground was five miles in, off a logging road on which no motorized traffic was allowed so that you to ride in (on a horse or bicycle) or hike in. As the weather was worse this year than last the bicycle wasn’t really an option. Side note, Even when the weather is agreeable mountain biking can still be a pain in the ass, as last year (when we did use bikes) my innertube not only came undone and gave me a flat but also got caught up in the spokes so that I ended up carrying my bike along with my day pack and rifle out the five miles.
That being said the horse option is not exactly pastoral as it sounds. Aside from the fact that they are totally ranch broke, they were not camp broke. So that means that while they can be saddled and rode around the ranch with no problem they were not used to hunting camp and were therefor stressed out. A stressed out horse is essentially a thousand pound unhappy dog. This manifested itself Sunday morning when my horse decided that he didn’t want to go hunting but rather wanted to stay corralled and eat hay all day. When I gave him the ‘gidde up’ and eased the reins to one side he decided that that was too much and starting rearing up and back. I wish I could say that the only my pride was
hurt but that would be a lie, my ego is fairly flexible and I’m no stranger to making an ass out of my self. Unfortunately my spine isn’t able to bounce back as easily and it hurt, a lot. That being said it could have been much, much worse as the horse when he bucked me off also slipped on the snow and ice and he went down as well. Now that would have scared the bejesus out of me had I had time to think about it before it was all over but obviously had he fallen on me or had I still been on him when he went down there would have been a lot more to complain than a sore back and a cricked neck. As it was he got up, ran a few yards and started eating grass. I hobbled over and brought him back to the trail hopped onto him and rode him up.
We saw moose three times and saw fifteen deer. I’m strictly a meat hunter so I normally pull for cow elk and doe deer, but I will admit that last years fat four point buck has turned into a nice five point and he has a habit of crossing my kill zone and then bedding down in some sparse (yet effective cover as no one sees him) in my partner’s kill zone. If finances work out alright I might be convinced to drag a deer five miles out next year and put in for a buck and just buy my cow tag over the counter. We also kicked up four coveys of dusky grouse plus a number of singles which have done well since the clear cutting of the beetle killed pine trees in the area as they do best in cleared out forest, not the densely populated mature forest cover that was here before.
A quick note of explanation of how big game hunting works here in Colorado. The state is divided up into Game Management Units. Each unit is studied to see how well the different species are doing in that area and based on that it is decided how many permits to issue. In the unit that we were in you have to draw for deer, but can buy cow tags (female elk) over the counter as there are always left over tags from the draw process. You can only draw for a bull tag (male elk) in first or forth season. Rifle season goes for about a month, so you have a first through forth season which run for about a week each. There’s also archery, and muzzle loading seasons which run earlier in the year, but honestly the developments in modern compound bows and muzzleloading rifles (this ain’t yer great, great, great, grand daddies muzzle loader) renders some of the primitivist aura moot in my humble opinion.
The mix from this weekend came from two sources, firstly from a mix my brother made me years ago and from a post on the Millard of Discontent. My truck is older and as long she runs to get me to work I’ll drive her ’til she explodes, but as she pushes twenty years old she has developed quirks. The mixed CD my brother made me had been in the player for about three months when I left for camp.
Because thats about how long it takes for the CD player to spit a cd back out. So it’s fairly critical especially when leaving areas with good radio reception to have a cd you can stand to listen to over and over, and over. About half of the songs on here come from that CD.
“Shovel and Ropes” Boxcar
“Shovel and Ropes” Birmingham
Ryan Bingham “Rolling Highway Blues”
Townes van Zandt “Snowing on Raton”
Guy Clark Rita Ballou
“White Freight Liner” Gillian Welch
“Don’t let the sunshine fool ya” Townes van Zandt
Nelson Mandela – Dunnes Stores anti-apartheid strikers to sign book of condolence at Mansion House in Dublin 5pm Saturday (meeting 4:45pm) December 7, 2013Posted by WorldbyStorm in Economy, Irish Politics, South Africa, The Left.
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Nelson Mandela – Dunnes Stores anti-apartheid strikers to sign book of condolence at
Mansion House in Dublin 5pm Saturday (meeting 4:45pm)
Group to include Mary Manning, Karen Gearon (shop steward) and Brendan Archbold (trade union official during strike)
THE DUNNES STORES ANTI-APARTHEID STRIKERS will sign the book of condolence for Nelson Mandela RIP at the Mansion House in Dublin at 5pm on Saturday 7 December.
Amongst the group will be Mary Manning, whose support for the international boycott of produce from the apartheid state by refusing to handle South African produce on 19 July 1984 saw the start of the nearly three-year strike. With Mary will be Karen Gearon (shop steward) and Brendan Archbold (the trade union head office official throughout the dispute), and the other strikers who endured one of Ireland’s longest trade union struggles in solidarity with South Africa’s oppressed.
ELEVEN YOUNG WORKERS (ten women and one man) at the Henry Street, Dublin, branch of Dunnes Stores took a stand against apartheid in on 19 July 1984. They thought it would last two weeks – it went on for two years and nine months.
The strikers – including Mary Manning, Karen Gearon and Brendan Archbold – were held at gunpoint at Johannesburg Airport and deported by South African security police when they flew there in 1985 at the invitation of Nobel Peace Prize winner Bishop Desmond Tutu while Mandela was still in prison. Brendan Archbold quipped at their deportation that the young Dubliners must be “the most dangerous shop workers in the world”.
Strikers Karen Gearon and Michelle Gavin later went to New York to address the United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid.
The strike only ended when the Irish Government agreed to ban the import of South African fruit and veg until the apartheid regime was overthrown.
Nelson Mandela met almost all of the strikers when he visited Dublin in 1992 except for Mary Manning and Vonnie Munroe, who had emigrated to Australia.
Brendan Archbold also saw Nelson Mandela in 2008 while on a family holiday in South Africa.