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Brexit and TV Broadcasting February 26, 2017

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It really is astonishing the way Brexit could impact literally everything. One area is broadcast media. Currently there are in the region of 1000 TV stations with licenses provided by Ofcom in the UK. Naturally there’s your Channel 4, Dave, The Various Discovery Channels, History Channels and so on…. When you look at the list though you realise that there are an awful lot of channels from outside the UK but happen to be within the EU.
So what is going on? Well it just so happens that a licence to broadcast in one EU country is all a station needs to broadcast anywhere within the EU. Not just that but when broadcasting that TV Channel is subject to UK broadcasting rules. UK broadcasting rules are relatively lax by European Standards.
For example Some Scandinavian counties have bans on alcohol advertising. However a way around that is to have a Broadcasting licence from Ofcom in the UK. As it’s in the EU it’s perfectly legal to operate on a UK licence . The second most popular TV station in Sweden is case in question as due to it’s Ofcom licence it’s able unlike it’s Swedish based competitors to broadcast alcohol ads giving itself a commercial advantage. There are other areas such as betting, fast food etc where the UK is laxer than many European Countries.
Post Brexit UK broadcasters will need a licence in the EU to officially broadcast in Ireland or elsewhere in the EU. If you think of all the cable and satellite UK channels we get, each will have to have different versions for the UK and the EU as the advertising will not correspond with EU law.
So it’s likely that we will lose some channels from Brexit. The big one of course will be BBC , will we be able to get it via our cable subscriptions?

In the institutions… February 26, 2017

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Disturbing account here of working life in an “institution”. Kudos to the author for giving such an unvarnished account.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week February 26, 2017

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Garibaldy is unavailable and so shamelessly we default to the obvious… what worthy writing about the Fine Gael leadership contest manages to bring in the following?

Here, let me pause to lecture the Trots.

Irish democracy has been well-served by having two large parties alternating in government with the help of the Labour Party and Independents.

Sadly, there are still studenty anoraks, mostly Trots or racist right-wingers who pine for sharper ideological divisions in Irish politics, preferably a polarisation of left and right.

To which I reply: You mean like the sharp division in 1930s Germany ? Or the dangerous gulf opening up in French and Hungarian politics between right and left on immigration?

Or do you fancy an Irish version of the vicious civil war between Democrats and Republicans, which has corrupted civility in American politics?

Away with that childish passion for a left-right division that looks good on paper, but ends up with blood on the streets.

What worthy indeed? Other examples gratefully accepted.

“No Pasaran, the pledge that made them fight” February 26, 2017

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Key to photo- Back left standing: Val Moran (American) Archie Dewar (Scotland) Peter Daly, Frank Ryan, Paddy O’Daire, Jock MacCrae (Scotland) Jack Nalty, Arthur Ollerenshaw (Eng) Frank Edwards. Front row left: Nathan Tobias (England) Joe Monks, Jimmy Prendergast, Fred Warbrick (England) and Albert Neville (England), Peter Daly (hat cocked) from Wexford , killed in action , as was Jack Nalty from East Wall

Many thanks to JM of East Wall History Group for this timely post.

On this weekend 80 years ago (the 24th February 1937) , the Irish Free State passed into law the “SPANISH CIVIL WAR (NON-INTERVENTION) ACT, 1937”.

This legislation was summarised as “AN ACT TO CARRY INTO EXECUTION THE INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS OF SAORSTÁT EIREANN IN RELATION TO THE CIVIL WAR NOW BEING WAGED IN SPAIN, AND TO MAKE SUCH PROVISIONS AS ARE NECESSARY OR EXPEDIENT FOR THAT PURPOSE, AND IN PARTICULAR TO PROHIBIT CITIZENS OF SAORSTÁT EIREANN FROM PARTICIPATING IN THAT WAR.”

Among the sections legislated for were –

Prohibition of service in the military forces of a belligerent.
Restriction on the departure of citizens to Spain.
Restriction on the departure to Spain of nationals of certain countries.
Restriction on the departure of other persons to Spain.
Restriction on sale of travel tickets for Spain.
Power of Executive Council to prevent export of war material.
Arrest and punishment.

The act made it unlawful ‘for any person who is a citizen of Saorstát Eireann and is not, at the passing of this Act, a member of the military forces of a belligerent to accept or to obtain or attempt to obtain any commission or engagement in or otherwise to join or become a member of or attempt to join or become a member of the military forces of a belligerent’, or ‘to induce or attempt to induce persons generally or any particular person to serve in or accept any commission or engagement in the military forces of a belligerent’ or for ‘ any person to organise, aid, or abet the departure from Saorstát Eireann of persons departing from Saorstát Eireann for the purpose of serving in the military forces of a belligerent’.

Penalties for breaching the Act were a fine of up to £500 and/or two years imprisonment.

This Non Intervention was in line with the stated policy of the major European powers – though in effect it meant that Great Britain and France obstructed support for Republican Spain while ignoring the very significant direct German and Italian military involvement on behalf of the fascist forces . For the Irish Government, the real aim was to prevent volunteers travelling to support either side in the conflict.

At the time of the passing of the Act, hundreds of Irishmen were already involved with both sets of ‘beligerants’. Within a few months however, those who had travelled to support the Fascist forces (led by Blueshirt Eoin O’Duffy) would return to Ireland, under a very dark cloud. Their most significant engagement was actually against fellow Fascist’s, they showed blatant cowardice, disobeyed orders and were considered unreliable and unwelcome by Franco’s forces.

They were subsequently discharged and sent home.

On the other hand, the Republican and Socialist activists would show much greater courage and determination. The Irishmen who joined the International Brigades would remain in action almost until the war ended. Further anti-fascist volunteers would continue to travel to Spain, and some who were wounded in action and sent home would travel back into combat when recovered. This included the legendary Republican Frank Ryan who would be captured by Italian Fascists and the Dublin volunteer, Jack Nalty, who would be among the very last International Brigadiers to die in Combat in September of 1938.

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New Red C / Sunday Business Post Poll February 25, 2017

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How they stand:

Fianna Fáil: 26 per cent (-1)

Fine Gael: 24 per cent (n/c)

Sinn Féin: 19 per cent (+5)

Independents: 10 per cent (-4)

AAA-PBP: 6 per cent (+2)

Green Party: 4 per cent (n/c)

Labour: 4 per cent (-1)

Independent Alliance: 3 per cent (n/c)

Social Democrats: 3 per cent (-1)

Renua: 1 per cent (n/c)

I wonder did Sinn Feins vote of confidence in the Government over the McCabe affair help them. FF down too (abliet in the margin of error). I wonder did FF not really doing anything over McCabe , not even getting a Ministerial head backfire on them slightly. AAAPBP back up ahead of Labour again.

The radical Protestant tradition February 25, 2017

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Here’s a piece on Radical Prods: the Forgotten Story of Protestant Radical Nationalists and the 1916 Rising, written by the late Valerie Jones.

Important point made here by her daughter, Heather Jones:

The book is at pains to emphasise that the Easter Rising was a majority Catholic event: under fire, many participants relied visibly upon their Catholic faith, but the minority religious involvement was more substantial than previously known. It was after the Rising that this history was forgotten, with only those famous Protestants who converted to Catholicism, such as Casement and Markievicz, being remembered in popular culture, skewing the focus towards aristocrats, when, in fact, most radical “rebel Prods” were middle- or working-class.

It’s worth keeping in mind how that strand, or those strands, informed the Gaelic Revival too.

SS-GB, and muttered dialogue on television February 25, 2017

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How did I miss this? A BBC adaptation of Len Deighton’s rather fine novel of an alternative history of a Britain in the early 1940s under German occupation? I missed it because of no access directly to terrestrial television.

Did I miss this? Not getting great reviews unfortunately, but hey, if it’s like Sherlock etc, it should be out on DVD soon and usually at a reasonable price. Though come to think of it the last season of Sherlock didn’t get much love from the critics.

Just on the complaint aired in the Guardian piece about how the dialogue was muttered – that’s an issue with a fair bit of television these days. Taboo, which I caught an episode of, and liked, had similar issues.

And not sure I’m entirely convinced by the historical analysis in the last two paragraphs.

SS-GB imagines what would have happened if the Nazis had won the Battle of Britain in 1941. It was written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, the Bafta winners behind Bond films Spectre, Skyfall and Casino Royale.
Wade said the drama was aimed at making viewers think, “What would I have done?”
He added: “It’s very important that we talk about this stuff. It’s become part of our mythology that we stood alone. We did, but it was a very close-run thing. We could have lost the Battle of Britain if the weather had been different. In fact, it was miraculous that we won that battle.
“Britain was alone at that period. America wasn’t involved. They were looking the other way. It was before Pearl Harbor.”

Well, not exactly looking the other way. FDR was, without question, assisting as best could be done under the various constraints.

Anyhow, anyone see it?

This weekend I’ll mostly be listening to… Arab Strap February 25, 2017

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A great Scottish band that I recently started listening to again in the form of their debut album “The Week Never Starts Round Here again”. I had bought it in the late 90’s and enjoyed it but like many bands kind of lost track of them as life , work, family took over. The great thing about Youtube , Spotify etc is that it makes it easy to rediscover bands again.

That point about a ‘united Ireland’ provision in any Brexit deal February 24, 2017

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Am I missing something here, but surely this is redundant?

the Taoiseach said any Brexit deal should include language that would allow Northern Ireland to easily return to the EU in the event of an united Ireland.
Mr Kenny said the provisions that allowed East Germany to join West Germany and the EU “in a seamless fashion” after the fall of the Berlin wall offered a precedent.
He said that “in such future time, whenever that might be, were it (reunification) to occur, that the north of Ireland would have ease of access to join as a member of the European Union again . . . we want that language inserted into the negotiated treaty, the negotiated outcome, whenever that might occur.”

Or is it that a UI would supersede the ROI and NI? In which case wouldn’t the new entity as a whole be seeking to join the EU?

Deep state coups and other matters February 24, 2017

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If the chaos in the Trump White House seems problematic, then reading various commentators thoughts on same across the weekend it is clear that it is near unprecedented. Sure, one or two Republicans were talking the good talk about it being like Clinton in the early 1990s with his first administration, but somehow the gap between rhetoric and reality appears wider this time around – not least because Trump himself simply cannot stay quiet. This interview on Slate.com between Isaac Chotiner and foreign affairs journalist James Mann is fascinating:

Does the extent of the leaks worry you? People are using phrases like deep-state coup.

I find those fears overblown. This is a unique case in which someone at the level of the national security adviser was saying things that were not true about his conversations with the government of one of the United States’ two leading adversaries in the world. The fact that people within the bureaucracy wanted to come out—I don’t see that as all that worrisome. I certainly don’t see it as something like a deep-state coup, in your words.

And:

How likely is it that Trump will make a major effort to staff multiple levels of the bureaucracy with allies, and how possible is that for him to pull off?

I think he is going to try. I think that is possible, if he is willing to find people who are willing to deal with Congress and the press and other governments in something other than an angry and conspiratorial way. Anything lower down requires experience with policy areas, whether it’s a country or region or an area like proliferation or counterterrorism. Most of the people in those policy areas have a body of knowledge, which Trump seems to mistrust. If there is a resentment of all expertise, then it is hard to get experts.

And:

Why can’t he staff these positions with Stephen Miller and Steve Bannon types?

The problem is that those nonexperts are going to have trouble winning support from the congressional committees, which know a little bit about the areas they are working on; from foreign governments that may know about the Middle East or Asia a little more; from journalists who cover particular areas. You won’t have a policy if you don’t have people who can draw up a policy.

Let’s hope so.

And I like this exchange:

Maybe things will start running more smoothly.

It could hardly run less smoothly.

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