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A question for all of us November 25, 2016

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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Reading Michael McDowell in the SBP this weekend who could disagree with his assessment of the EU or indeed the Trump. He notes that neither Merkel, nor the EU, nor Trump are our ‘leaders’. And he argues that ‘we owe this new administration 9in the US) no loyalty at all. if it seeks our pragmatic cooperation, that is one thing, but Bannon and Trump can expect no feelings of loyalty from liberal people – at home and abroad. Why? Because they have denigrated the values that we – for the most part – hold dear in order to secure election’. And while I think he could use the word progressive rather than liberal his point isn’t too far the mark. He notes that Trump essentially descended into anti-Muslim sectarianism in his rhetoric, and may be heading there in actuality.

Still, while all that is laudable, as is his lash at Justin Barrett’s latest effort to find relevance for his 1950s redux programme, note this old song being whistled again. He argues that Barrett’s…

….initiative is doomed even if it manages to find a salubrious hotel for its launch which will accept the res of a pitched battle in its lobby between raging members of Youth Defence and the frenzied ranks of Trots and anarchists.

Hmmm…

We do need a new component in our politics if the people are to be rescued from the utter paralysis and futility which pervades Leinster House these days. But it cannot be Trumpism in a leprechaun suit.

Jack O’Connor and the public sector unions sense weakness and drift in the corridors of power. The malign effects of a mniroty government were clearly spelt out by me in these columns five months ago. I claim no special knack of clairvoyance. What is now happening was predictable.

A government in office but not in power attract disastrous outcomes.

Surely I’m not alone in thinking that yet another ‘new’ component is just about the last thing we need?

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1. EWI - November 25, 2016

I think it would be a fatal error to assume that MacDowell means ‘progressive’ when he uses the word ‘liberal’, given his background. His guff about the unions shows that he remains as right-wing as ever.

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WorldbyStorm - November 25, 2016

Absolutely – I should have been clearer, I wasnt trying to suggest he was.

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2. Ed - November 25, 2016

Unsurprising disdain for the ‘Trots and anarchists’ who actually organise opposition to racists and fascists – and confront them when necessary – from another oily establishment politician who would never throw a punch or yell abuse himself but doesn’t mind exploiting racism for political advantage when it suits him. I remember even John Deasy of FG, who was considered a very right-wing figure in their Dáil group, saying that he was appalled by McDowell’s decision to hold the citizenship referendum on the same day as the local elections in 2004; he was in favour of the amendment in principle, but holding the vote there and then was a gift to every crank and racist in the country (I’m quoting from memory, there was a Hot Press interview with Deasy back then). The road to Trump, Farage and Le Pen is paved with the ill intentions of men like McDowell.

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An Cathaoirleach - November 26, 2016

Holding the referendum on the same day as Local & European elections ensured a higher turnout for the referendum vote. Are you seriously arguing against encouraging participation? “The people have voted,the Bastards”, as someone once put it so succinctly, & encouraging them to do so is an important part of being a liberal.

Michael McDowell’s use of the word “liberal” is in its more traditional & not US meaning. He is a liberal in the sense that he supports the ideals of individual especially economic freedom & participation. He uses it in its original political meaning i.e. he is not a conservative.

The last point made, was accurately summed up in Michael O’Leary’s most recent public outing, when he gave his standard publicity driven rant at a FF organised function, when he (correctly) pointed out,

“In the worst of the property recession when the property developers had bankrupted us and the banks were bankrupt, who did we elect? Mick Wallace.”

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