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Political Shopping January 2, 2017

Posted by irishelectionliterature in Irish Politics.
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I am currently Reading about Rural Electrification and learnt that when the electricity came Fianna Fail people got Phillips Radios and Fine Gael people got Bush Radios . …. I gather too that FF ate Bolands biscuits…and FG people ate Jacobs. There’s supposedly a Lyons/Barrys Tea divide also. Any other products or brands (Newspapers aside) that were associated with one party or the other. Or indeed similar from further afield?

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1. dublinstreams - January 2, 2017

“Fianna Fail people got Phillips Radios and Fine Gael people got Bush Radios” why?

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irishelectionliterature - January 2, 2017

I’m afraid no reason was given in the book.

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dublinstreams - January 3, 2017

rival regional departments stores that stocked the different radios? owned by different politically aligned people?

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2. Tomboktu - January 2, 2017

What were the prices of the brands?

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3. roddy - January 2, 2017

Up here unionists tended to avoid any product with a “taigy” name.A relative of mine worked in a pub in Ballymena and he recalls customers telling him in their Ulster Scots dialect – ” Dinne be givin me a Portglenone boy” (The product in question was ” Monk export ” which they associated erroneously with the cistercian monastry in nearby Portglenone!”)

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4. Aonrud ⚘ - January 2, 2017

Speaking of rural electrification, have you ever seen the gear they used to climb the poles? There’s a brief clip in this video:

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GW - January 2, 2017

Pole men and women still use that gear on wooden poles. The safety harness is a bit improved.

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5. yourcousin - January 2, 2017

Here locally the line is the boycotting of Coors.

https://teamster.org/blog/2016/06/teamsters-pride-work-look-back-coors-boycott

http://www.cpr.org/news/story/coors-boycott-when-beer-can-signaled-your-politics

The irony is that there are plenty of Berners who think drinking Coors original is hip and cool. Because it’s not a craft beer and it’s not Pabst Blue Ribbon (which is very much associated with urban hipsters), although some of us rednecks drink it too. I always like the fact that it still says “union made” right on the can.

Here’s another piece on what drinks are union made.

https://talkingunion.wordpress.com/2010/07/03/drink-union-this-weekend-your-guide-to-union-made-beer/

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yourcousin - January 2, 2017

As an addendum I’m a Budweiser man as they have a big brewery in northern Colorado and are union.

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GW - January 3, 2017

I never new that about Budweiser YC.

I like the Czech Budweiser – but I doubt that Budvar is a trades union brewery.

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yourcousin - January 3, 2017

Over here Czech Bud is sold as Czechvar lager. One of my favorites. As for not being organized, well it’s a new year and hope springs eternal.

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6. Gerryboy - January 2, 2017

FF and FG supporters eat liquorice allsorts; left of centre voters suck bullseyes; floating voters chew marshmallows. Political pundits who get their forecasts wrong eat sour grapes. Happy New Year. Gobstoppers are best for people who talk political gobshite.

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Joe - January 3, 2017

I heard there was a big drop in sales of Toffo around Bellaghy after the split.

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7. roddy - January 3, 2017

Any form of gum was banned from our house thereafter!

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Joe - January 3, 2017

The quality of dressmaking declined in our house. My ma wouldn’t have a pin about the place!

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