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What you want to say – 6th April 2016 April 6, 2016

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

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1. Michael Carley - April 6, 2016

Back out on the doctors’ pickets in England. This is getting properly bitter.

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WorldbyStorm - April 6, 2016

And rightly so. Fair dues MC.

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2. irishelectionliterature - April 6, 2016
3. Joe Mooney - April 6, 2016

Song of the week no doubt . The Jah Punks were right all along –

Might we see a 2016 equivalent on Britain’s got talent ?

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4. Tomboktu - April 6, 2016

Gerry Adams has been President of Sinn Féin for longer than Nursultan Nazarbayev has been president of Kazakhstan.

(Just sayin’)

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Ed - April 6, 2016

Two leaders who’ve had friendly dealings with Tony Blair over the years, although I think Nazarbayev is the only one’s who’s written him a cheque.

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yourcousin - April 6, 2016

I think that until Grizzly rewrites the national anthem Nazarbayev wins the “great leader” award.

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EWI - April 7, 2016

I took some pleasure earlier this year in pointing out, to the Ógra FF types who were first making this joke, that this would mean that Adams had finally matched Dev’s record…

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5. Gewerkschaftler - April 6, 2016

Well the Icelandic government is looking shaky.

About a quarter of the current cabinet are implicated by the Panama Papers and the new prime-minister designate has an approval-rating of 3%. There are also two radical parties waiting to take over – the Pirate Party and the Green-Left.

The Icelanders have a admirable developing tradition of demanding accountability of their governments.

Couldn’t happen in Ireland? We’ll see.

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gendjinn - April 6, 2016

The shenanigans with the president refusing to dissolve parliament to retain the conservative coalition is going to cause ructions.

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6. roddy - April 6, 2016

Apparently Zappone is endorsing McDowell for the senate.

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dmfod - April 6, 2016

Not only that, she gave a big recommendation speech at Michael “Inequality is good for society” McDowell’s Seanad campaign launch the other night. Great to have another liberal, “left-leaning” TD elected so she can help resuscitate a dead PD’s political career eh? Yes Equality unless you happen to be the child of foreign nationals, or anyone not born into the middle or upper classes.

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EWI - April 7, 2016

You miss the key point that both are liberal, but neither is left-leaning. The two things do not necessarily go together.

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dmfod - April 7, 2016

Zappone was described on this site as left “on a good day” yesterday, that’s why I put “left leaning”! The point of my post is to point out she is not.

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WorldbyStorm - April 7, 2016

Actually the full description was on “a good day perhaps” and in the broader context of a framing statement describing voter choices – deliberately described as left ish – not strict definitions of what is left or not in respect of the individual or collectives of TDs. But on the specific as to her political position i’d hope few of us have illusions that she is very leftwing. Leftish sums her up a lot better to my mind.

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dmfod - April 7, 2016

So you can be “leftish” but give political backing to one of the most Thatcherite right wing and anti-immigrant politicians in the history of the state? Why not just say “liberal”? although even that’s a bit dubious given McDowell’s constitutionalisation of inequality for kids born here to non-Irish parents…

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WorldbyStorm - April 7, 2016

Yeah I think that about sums it up – leftish, a patina of leftism, a cosmetic aspect. Works for me.

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7. paulculloty82 - April 6, 2016

Three NI Labour candidates are standing unofficially as the Cross-Community Labour Alliance. Will be interesting to see how independent they’re regarded as, but any option that breaks up the sectarian headcount can only be welcome, one presumes.

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Podge - April 7, 2016

The ‘Labour Alternative’ in the North is nothing to do with the British Labour Party. It’s set up and run entirely by the CWI.

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8. Joe Mooney - April 6, 2016

Merle Haggard has died . Damn !

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sonofstan - April 6, 2016

Beat me to it.
A complex figure and a great artist, often unfairly caricatured as no nothing right winger. His Tribute LPs to Jimmy rodgers, Bob wills and his New Orleans record show a man who was steeped in what we now call ‘americana’ and the Strangers, his touring and, unusually then, recording band, in the late sixties/early seventies were the equal of the MGs for swing. This though is my all time fave Hag moment, even including the ‘never been on welfare’ line, but especially the Roy Nichols solo which is my favourite 16 bars of guitar ever:

RIP

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CL - April 6, 2016

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WorldbyStorm - April 6, 2016

This is terrible news. He was pretty great.

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Gearóid - April 7, 2016

I’ll fondly remember his posts on politics.ie.

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WorldbyStorm - April 7, 2016

🙂. I hadn’t checked out *that* MH in a while does he still post on pie?

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Michael Carley - April 8, 2016

And here we have Haggard as Marxist songwriter:

In 2008, the late Norman Geras, a big country fan as well as a life-long Marxist, did a Normblog profile of Karl Marx. One of the best bits:

If you could have any three guests, past or present, to dinner who would they be? > Johannes Kepler, Philip Roth and Merle Haggard.

Being Norm, this was footnoted. The footnote went to the chapter in Capital on the length of the working day. The YouTube link from Merle’s name is now dead, but I think we can presume it’s this song, which rates, with Dolly Parton’s “9 To 5” and Johnny Paycheck’s “Take This Job and Shove It”, as among the best ever Marxist country songs:

http://brockley.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/merle-haggard-zl.html

Which reminds me that Terry Eagleton writes Marxist diddley-aye songs.

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9. CL - April 7, 2016

Patrick Cockburn on Casement:
-Thanks to his Irish background, Casement said he could understand that exploitation of the weak by the strong and of small nations by big nations has the same basic motivation and mechanics regardless of whether it took place in Ireland, Congo or Peru.-
http://www.unz.com/pcockburn/the-easter-rising-my-grandfather-and-the-untold-story-of-sir-roger-casement/

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10. 6/5against - April 7, 2016

Fascinating insight here from the Irish Times: apparently Panama clients come from all walks of life – and we know this because they once received an email from somebody called ‘Paudie.’

http://www.irishtimes.com/business/retail-and-services/panama-papers-mossack-fonseca-s-irish-clients-came-from-all-walks-of-life-1.2601043

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Gewerkschaftler - April 7, 2016

Pretty poor stuff from the Irish Times – ‘we all partied’ elides into ‘we all evaded tax’. But I assume the article was cheap to research.

Meanwhile the Süddeutsche and the Guardian have been describing the financial habits of the gilded princes and princesses of the Chinese Communist (sic) Party elite. The Chinese banned reporting and committed a perfect Barbara Streisand effect.

Corbyn and his few allies in the PLP are going after Cameron in a consistent manner. Would any of the Blairite generation have done that?

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Ed - April 7, 2016
Michael Carley - April 7, 2016

Tony Blair’s political secretary. Sums it all up really.

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Ed - April 7, 2016

This particular clown, who helped organize Labour’s catastrophic Scottish election campaign in 2015, likes to drone on about how Corbyn is a hopelessly inept politician. His advice—at a time when David Cameron is already under pressure over disability cuts and the steel crisis, and now finds himself embroiled in a controversy about tax dodging—would be for Labour to say ‘nothing to see here chaps, it’s just ordinary workers trying to keep what they earn, let’s talk about something else shall we?’ These guys don’t just have bad politics, they’re also very, very, very bad at doing politics, for all their self-image as heavyweight political bruisers. They couldn’t strategize their way out of a locket toilet cubicle, even if the lock was on the inside.

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Deadon@hell.com - April 7, 2016

This man is human debris – I’ve seen him on telly and he clearly has deep problems but none so deep that they couldn’t be solved by a couple of hefty whacks on the back of the head with a masonry hammer

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11. Gewerkschaftler - April 7, 2016

So the Dutch have voted to veto the EU Association Agreement with the Ukraine in it’s present form with the necessary quorum.

That might provoke an election in the Netherlands which the current government would loose, with a big win for racist and xenophobic right.

Support for both the main EPP party has halved and the former social-democratic S&D/Labour Party it has collapsed from 35% to about 10%. Which of a piece with wider European disintegration and political de-legitimation.

The anti-NATO and anti-EU left are in the uncomfortable position of being allies of Geert Wilders and the AfD on the issue, but all the political benefit goes to the extreme right. The Dutch Socialist Party hasn’t gained in the polls from it’s support of the referendum against the Association Agreement.

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gendjinn - April 7, 2016

Isn’t the referendum non-binding and 2/3 didn’t vote. Sure they’ll have little problems ignoring it?

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Jim Monaghan - April 7, 2016

Another Leftwing party that does not like migrants. https://tendancecoatesy.wordpress.com/2016/04/07/netherlands-geert-wilders-and-left-socialistische-partijcelebrate-rejection-of-ukraine-partnership/
“here are a lot more things which serve to offer reasons to vote ‘no’ on April 6th. As a socialist it speaks for itself that I reject the neoliberal character of this treaty, a treaty which is of course fervently desired by international corporate business. The agreement provides for the privatisation of state-owned companies in Ukraine and the liberalisation of markets. It includes a ban on state aids (art.262) and prescribes the promotion of exports to the EU by the EU itself (art 379). Dutch truckers have previously lost jobs to Polish drivers posted here. Those who survived will soon lose out to Ukrainian drivers.”

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12. roddy - April 7, 2016

I always thought Merle Haggards “okie from Muskogee” was a great song .Pity about the words! Could we not put suitable lyrics to it and comandeer it!

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Michael Carley - April 7, 2016

I’m proud to be a Sticky from Garvaghy?

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13. roddy - April 7, 2016

I’-m proud to be a shinner from Bellaghy–We don’t take our news from RTE– We all burn the sindo down on main street — for we like livin left and bein free!

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14. Ed - April 8, 2016

Very interesting article about the state of the EU referendum debate in Britain. Right-wing Labour MPs wailing that Corbyn is not putting the interests of the EU and the British ruling class ahead of the interests of the Labour Party and its voters:

“Corbyn’s camp insist there are no votes in being slavishly pro-European. A source close to the leader said next week’s speech could be characterized as “yes, and.” “If you speak to Labour voters, they are not happy with everything about the EU,” the source said. “It’s right we reflect that.” Corbyn wants to see more of “social Europe” and is leading the charge against the increasingly controversial free-trade deal between the EU and U.S. known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

“Corbyn’s reticence to praise the EU has infuriated Labour MPs. “I’m no fan of Jeremy’s, but the fact is he is the leader of the Labour party and that is important in all of this,” said one Labour MP. “When he finally gives this speech he has to be unequivocal — none of this TTIP rubbish, because it’s really starting to take hold in the debates I’m listening to among Labour members.”

“To support the point, a poll carried out for the Fabian Society last week found Corbyn is easily the most trusted figure in the EU debate for Labour voters. He has a net approval rating of plus 17, well ahead of Labour’s official campaign leader Alan Johnson, who is on minus 10. The poll found that among those very likely to vote, Leave has a 2 percent lead …

“Stephen Kinnock, the MP for Port Talbot, where the threatened steelworks is based, spoke of mounting concern that Labour’s success criticising the government over steel and global tax dodging could fuel a vote against Cameron in favor of Brexit …

“Cameron needs 50.1 percent of the vote to win, not the 37 percent which secured him the last election. He also needs to win over parts of the country which have, so far, proved resistant to his charms. The irony is that to save his own skin, he may need the help of the leader of the opposition — Corbyn, the lifelong Euroskeptic.”

http://www.politico.eu/article/corbyn-to-the-rescue-in-tories-brexit-storm/

Plenty to chew on there:

A) The ‘moderates’ in the Labour Party want slavish, uncritical support for the EU as it is, not a pragmatic case for staying in to change it (‘none of this TTIP rubbish’).

B) Corbyn is trusted far more than ‘moderate’ Labour politicians by the party’s voters – well, well, well, and where does that leave all the people assuring us he was alienating traditional Labour voters at an alarming rate.

C) Right-wing Labour MPs are troubled by ‘Labour’s success criticising the government over steel and global tax dodging’, because that distracts from the higher task of keeping Britain in the EU.

I think we can be sure that, if one of these characters was leading the Labour Party, it would be a rerun of the Scottish independence referendum – a tight alliance with the Tories to help Cameron out of a tight spot and defend the ‘national interest’ (as defined by Britain’s ruling class), without a moment’s thought for what effect that would have on Labour. After handing Scotland over to the SNP, they’d do their very best to hand parts of England and Wales over to UKIP. Corbyn’s team, on the other hand, are concentrating on opposing the Tories and reflecting what Labour voters actually think.

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16. sonofstan - April 9, 2016

‘Can you hear the Nazis sing, I can’t hear a fucking thing…’

Spend the afternoon yelling abuse at about 150 EDL who came to Wycombe for a ‘national demonstration’. About 3 times that number on a counter protest and high spirited for the most part.
The police, of course, looked after the fascists from start to finish and, as they marched along Castle St. we were kept at more than arms length – imagine watching a march pass College Green from the O’Connell Bridge end of Westmoreland St and you’ll get the picture.

As they assembled in Frogmoor for their rally we were able to get around the other end of the square and kept up a barrage that must have frustrated their attempts to hear the finer points of the doubtless well argued and subtle rhetoric from the platform. Then the cops put them on two buses back to the station and we all went home.

‘Where’s your Tommy gone?’

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