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Signs of Hope – A continuing series September 22, 2016

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Gewerkschaftler suggested this:

I suggest this blog should have a regular (weekly) slot where people can post happenings at the personal or political level that gives them hope that we’re perhaps not going to hell in a handbasket as quickly as we thought. Or as the phlegmatic Germans put it “hope dies last”.

Any contributions this week?

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1. irishelectionliterature - September 22, 2016

Great news yesterday … the hurling team I co manage are through to their first ever final (we got a bye to the U16D Shield final!). It’s in mid October and after looking after them for 10 years it will be our last game in charge of them before they move up to Minor!!!

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Tomboktu - September 22, 2016

Kilkenny will be headhunting you, IEL.

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irishelectionliterature - September 22, 2016

No, we’ve won at most 2 matches a year (aside from walkovers) so the idea of actually being in a final is massive.

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WorldbyStorm - September 22, 2016

+1

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Joe - September 22, 2016

That’s mad iel. I was about four years ahead of you. We played an under 16d shield final over your way against Thomas Davis about four years ago. They bet us. Minor was kinder to us cos we could bring up some handy lads from the u16s and we ended up winning a minor d Dublin championship. Happy days.

Just on further signs of hope – Leeds Utd have won three games in a row and shot up to mid-table.

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irishelectionliterature - September 22, 2016

I don’t think the young lads realised how much we have invested emotionally in the thing until the other mentor started crying after the game when apologising for giving out to them harshly at half time in the Championship match we were beaten in!
They are a lovely bunch of lads, probably too nice and hence the lack of success. As someone else put it , they are a lot like the Wizard of Oz. They are all just missing an attribute that would make them brilliant hurlers, be it bravery, skill , positioning etc

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Joe - September 22, 2016

Missing an attribute – I totally emphathise. The joys of D hurling! But yeah, it’s about young lads growing up. The lads I mentored for 10 years or so are now all in first or second year in college. I get the odd pint bought for me in the local!

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irishelectionliterature - September 22, 2016

That’s brilliant, I suspect come January I’ll find myself involved with the Minor C hurlers and either my daughters Camoige or Football team…… Might even end up doing a Fundraiser for their Feile of an exhibition in the Club🙂

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2. Gewerkschaftler - September 22, 2016

The Swiss confederation have just given in on the rights of EU citizens (1/4 of the current Swiss population) to work there as a price of favourable trade deals with the EU despite a narrowly one referendum in favour of discrimination.

What chance has May of squaring this circle now? Even less.

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3. Joe - September 24, 2016

Agreement on parading in Nth Belfast. Fingers crossed.

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4. roddy - September 24, 2016

Problem is there is a dissident element who will try their best to scupper it.

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5. sonofstan - September 24, 2016

Jermey Corbyn is the new leader of the Labour Party!

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Michael Carley - September 24, 2016

With a majority in all three categories of voter. Begod I might join it now.

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sonofstan - September 24, 2016

Entryist.
(Be warned, the email torrent will be relentless)

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Gewerkschaftler - September 24, 2016

I just caught that – a sign of hope indeed, given the media ‘landscape’ re Corbyn.

And reading the Guardian’s Politics Live, what do I see but an appeal for payment to the Guardian. They have gone off-message about the wonders of every last device that drops from the Apple’s bloated and capacious nether orifice, and are loosing advertising revenue, apparently.

Now boys and girls, a little advice: if you’ve ran a relentlessly (at least until a couple of weeks ago) anti-Corbyn campaign, perhaps this is not the best context to ask for online subscriptions or donations?

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sonofstan - September 24, 2016

I see Owen Jones is back on team Corbyn – labour now europe’s biggest political party? Can he be right?

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Joe - September 26, 2016

Paul Mason in the Guardian says (British) Labour is Europe’s most highly-supported socialist party. A sign of hope indeed.

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CMK - September 26, 2016

In the same article he lauded the presence of ‘young networked liberal professionals’ in the renewed Labour. Which I take as a sign of who Mason thinks are the future of Labour; not smelly old workers and their zero hour contracts and boring stuff like that.

Corbyn’s victory is great news and a clear sign of hope, but the Labour Party remains committed at council level to implementing austerity and both Corbyn and McDonnell have warned Labour Councils to pass ‘legal’ budgets and to not dare dip into financial reserves to maintain services, for instance.

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CL - September 26, 2016

“The movement which swept Corbyn to office, and has just crushed the attempt to remove him, is fundamentally a class movement. It reflects the deep frustration of various sections of Britain’s working population with the bland, technocratic political consensus which has served the interests of employers and the rich so well for thirty years, and spectacularly enriched them during the decade of “austerity”…..
But Labour MPs and the whole middle-to-upper-class social layer who make up the main cadres of the Labour Right cannot understand the anger and frustration which has given such drive to the new Labour Left because they have not suffered in the same way that even better-off workers have since the financial meltdown – from falling real wages, gutted public services, and a spiralling housing crisis….
Why should Labour candidates be mainly Spads, highly paid lawyers, heads of think tanks and NGOs? Why shouldn’t they be train drivers, teachers, cleaners, fast food workers, social workers, posties, care workers? Why shouldn’t they be people with a record of trade union and community struggles?”
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/24/as-a-member-of-momentum-let-me-explain-what-all-you-blairites-ha/

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6. roddy - September 24, 2016

How about this for a response to Jeremy’s stunning and well deserved victory? – “Labour party members endorse yet again the IRA supporting,Milosevic protecting,anti Semetic,misogynic leadership of Corbyn”.Who tweeted this dirge – Someone from the far right TUV, UKIP, DUP or Tories?.No ,step forward Seamas De Faoite – leading light in the Belfast SDLP!

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sonofstan - September 24, 2016

That would be the women’s rights denying SDLP?

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RosencrantzisDead - September 24, 2016

That would be the poltically and ideologically irrelevant SDLP.

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CL - September 25, 2016

-The movement which swept Corbyn to office, and has just crushed the attempt to remove him, is fundamentally a class movement. It reflects the deep frustration of various sections of Britain’s working population with the bland, technocratic political consensus which has served the interests of employers and the rich so well for thirty years, and spectacularly enriched them during the decade of “austerity”….
Blairism wanted to exorcise the discourse of class from politics to better serve capitalism. But class reasserted itself with a vengeance, in various ways. In that sense, the Corbyn movement and the rise of Ukip have the same root. The latter represents a reactionary revolt against elite-consensus politics, the former the beginnings of a progressive one. There is a similar polarisation in many countries – Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders being an obvious example – for similar reasons….
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/24/as-a-member-of-momentum-let-me-explain-what-all-you-blairites-ha/

-Corbyn has quietly grown in stature…

Corbyn – calm and often quite funny – came across as an elder statesman being unfairly traduced. That is this campaign’s greatest, most ironic legacy. It has helped Corbyn hone his skills. It has lent him authority.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/24/corbyn-wins—and-owen-smiths-pointless-challenge-has-made-him-s/

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ar scáth a chéile - September 25, 2016
CL - September 25, 2016

Ruth Davidson has pledged the Scottish Tories will represent the views of “moderate” New Labour supporters left disgruntled by the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/25/jeremy-corbyn-in-bid-to-win-over-rebel-labour-mps-as-conference/

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7. gendjinn - September 24, 2016

Charlotte Uprising. The RUC in Charlotte NC murdered a protestor with a rubber bullet to the head at close range and are now framing another protestor. The police are attempting to break up the gang truce in Charlotte in precisely the same way LA cops have repeatedly broken up Cripps/Bloods truces over the last 30 years.

Charlotte is a racist, racist, racist shitehole in a very racist state. Jesse Helms country.

The CSA is still very much alive, awaiting its eventual victory.

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8. fergal - September 27, 2016

Signs of hope- the 16- 17 million people across the water who didn’t vote in 2015- an alternative is emerging, can Corbyn et al jolt the disaffected into turning out to vote in 2020? Surely, this is the sleeping giant of British politics and not so- called ‘middle England’ with its middle of the road ideas and middle class lifestyles…

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