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What you want to say – 12 April, Week 15, 2017 April 12, 2017

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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. Dr. X - April 12, 2017

An awful story about awful people – yes I know there’s a lot of it about, but this one is about western kids backpacking in Thailand who resort to street begging to support themselves:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/backpackers-begging-money-should-ashamed/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_fb

Someone on Facebook responded to this story as follows: ” Well, what gets considered begging must vary cross-culturally. I seem to recall that in Dublin in the old days, there was a set of older men who earned tips by finding parking spaces for motorists in the city centre at night. They’d equip themselves with a flashlight and an official-looking cap, and work at what was arguably a disguised form of begging, but which I don’t think was ever referred to as such (and which ended when Dublin got too violent).”

Googling doesn’t bring up anything that would support that person’s memory – was it just a dream he had, or did Old Dublin have these stalwart parking-space finders, as described?

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Alibaba - April 12, 2017

I think there used to be licenced parking attendants in Dublin, around Castle Street, Georges Street, Merrion Square and Parnell Square. Once this was ended in late 1960s or early 1970s and parking meters eventually came in, the attendants lost these jobs.

I do know for sure that some characters in city centre would direct us to available parking and saying “lock hard, lock hard” and gladly accept tips for keeping an eye on the vehicle. When money wasn’t exchanged some say damage could follow, maybe to a mirror or a scratch. Or was this urban legend? I don’t know. I’ve even been told the practice continues to this day outside Temple Street hospital.

But I gotta say well done to any poor people who used these entrepreneurial skills.

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Dr.Nightdub - April 12, 2017

As a small boy, my da used to do the same for motorists arriving at the greyhound racing in Celtic Park in Belfast: “Mind yer car, mister?”

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Jim Monaghan - April 13, 2017

Great for people visiting their children in hospital. Really

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sonofstan - April 12, 2017

I remember them, and it survives on match days around Croke park. I think a lot of people take the ‘I’ll look after your car’ as a veiled threat as to what might happen if you didn’t hand over some dosh, but I’ve never heard of anything untoward happening to unprotected vehicles. It nicely plays on culchie fears of the inner city and what might happen to you though

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2. Dr. X - April 12, 2017
3. roddy - April 12, 2017

During my youthful trips to croke park,many of the car park “attendants” wore “official” looking caps (like northern bus drivers wore at one time)My father or uncle always paid but I never recall seeing the “attendants” at the end of the match ,even when leaving early when Derry were getting trounced!

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4. Joe - April 13, 2017

The line in that rugby play “Alone it Stands” was good I thought. The posh Cork solicitor is parking his car outside Musgrave Park (?) in Limerick before a big game. Young lad comes up to him and says ‘Will I mind yer car for ye mister’. Posh Cork man says ‘No, it’s fine, it has an alarm’. Limerick boy says ‘An alarm? Does that put out fires?’.

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crocodileshoes - April 13, 2017

Wish you luck asking for Musgrave Park next time you’re in Limerick, Joe. It’s in Cork; Thomond Park is where Munster play in Limerick. (First ever mention of rugby in CLR except as an adjective before ‘schools’?).

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Joe - April 13, 2017

Thanks croc. I think rugby has been mentioned on here before but seldom, if ever, ‘in a good way’. 🙂

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5. Michael Carley - April 13, 2017

New Statesman article on why “A united Ireland is further away than you think”

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/staggers/2017/04/united-ireland-further-away-you-think

I think he overstates how close some people think unification is, but it seems a decent article.

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6. Michael Carley - April 13, 2017

BBC Radio 4 programme about Rosa Luxemburg, including a UCD historian:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08lfc77

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7. irishelectionliterature - April 13, 2017

Saw this on Brendan Ogles facebook…..

MOVEMENT4CHANGE TO BE FORMED

‘More than a party – A MOVEMENT’

‘More than a change – A TRANSFORMATION’

‘More than a country – A NATION, (MAYBE EVEN A REAL REPUBLIC)’

A new ‘MOVEMENT4CHANGE’ is to be formed and formalised over the coming weeks.

Arising from the success of achieving the (temporary) abolition of domestic water charges and the mass movement that achieved this the time to build for real and lasting change is now.

In addition to water we as citizens have massive issues and needs in housing, healthcare, education, tax injustice, national resources, constitutional reform, a broken democracy and media, and our environment to name a few.

The democratically arrived at Right2Change policy principles point the way to a better nation for us and for future generations. They are just the beginning.

But without formalised structure we will only achieve so much. The time to build is now.

In the coming weeks a website and social media platforms will be launched.

Education is already available in your community through Trademark.

The media is broken and is damaging democracy and subverting the national conversation. Over the Summer you, the public, will be asked to help build a new co-operative daily media outlet.

A major conference will also be held during the Summer where members of the new movement will be asked to build their own democratic structures, campaigns and activities. This will be your movement if you want to build it.

As with Right2Water, Trade Union facilitation and support will be available.

We have not elected a ‘Government’ in this country since 1987 with the coalition era providing space for dishonesty by all political parties in deliberately putting forward manifestos during an election that they know they would resile from days later if entering Government. Labour were a particularly bad example in 2011 and Fianna Fáil have lived up to their reputation in recent days. Their behaviour has debased our democracy and our parliament.

It is now time for people who can come together to support the Right2Change Policy Platform to build their own coalition for change in their homes, their communities, their unions and their parties where applicable.

If you want real and lasting change, if you support the Right2Change policy platform, and if you want to build a democracy which casts both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael into opposition at last this is the movement for you.

So spread the word and get ready to build real and permanent change.

To register your interest please email your name and contact details to joinm4c@gmail.com

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8. roddy - April 13, 2017

No Michael it is not a decent article.Anyone who thinks Rory McIlroy is some sort of hero to be followed is talking horseshit.

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Michael Carley - April 13, 2017

(a) Where does he say that McIlroy is “some sort of hero to be followed”?

(b) Do you have anything to say about the political analysis in the article?

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9. roddy - April 13, 2017

He calls him the “poster boy of the post troubles generation”.He is an uncle Tom from the wealthiest part of the North which could be truly called “as British as Finchley” Also the only people who talk about “our wee country” are unionist supporters of the NI soccer team.As for people designating “Northern Irish” ,many people are still very suspicious of officialdom and tend not to let the authorities have access to their political leanings.Declaring oneself “IRISH” is still seen as a political act in a hangover from the orange state.

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Michael Carley - April 13, 2017

He quotes the Belfast Telegraph calling him the “poster boy …”.

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CL - April 13, 2017

“To pay for Rory’s golfing development, father Gerry worked 100 hours a week as a barman and cleaner, while mother Rosie did the nightshift at a local factory. “I’m a working class man,” Gerry McIlroy declared on the day of his son’s US Open triumph.”
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-13838432

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10. CL - April 13, 2017

Rory Mcilroy for NI president?

“Eamonn Holmes has said he believes Northern Ireland should have its own president.
The Belfast-born broadcaster said there needed to be a “non-political” figurehead who could unite communities in Northern Ireland.”
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-39587695

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11. roddy - April 13, 2017

Go into west Belfast or Derry ,the 2 most working class /deprived areas in the North and ask them about Rory McElroy or “our wee country”!

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12. Starkadder - April 13, 2017

You may have seen this tome on sale in your local bookshop:
” The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century” by Walter Scheidel .The book argues reducing inequality is impossible without violence or catastrophe. It is garnering approving reviews from the Cato Institute and “National Review’s” George Will, so this critical review of the book of interest:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/there-are-four-ways-to-reduce-inequality-and-all-of_us_58b6c207e4b0658fc20f9bfb

Is there something in the air? It sounds a bit like that “The Fourth Turning” book Steve Bannon is obsessed with:

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WorldbyStorm - April 13, 2017

What is it with Bannon? Strange guy.

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13. Brian Hanley - April 13, 2017

The Americans just dropped the biggest non-nuclear bomb they have in Afghanistan. Lucky that war-monger Clinton didn’t make it eh?

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Starkadder - April 13, 2017

Well, long before he was elected, Ted Rall was suggesting people supporting Trump because they thought he might be less inclined to go in for foreign wars would be disappointed.

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Alibaba - April 13, 2017

I’m wondering if it’s only a matter of time before the US military chiefs whisper in Trump’s ear: go nuclear if you want an IS wipeout.

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Starkadder - April 13, 2017

I have a horrible feeling some country-possibly either the US or North Korea- will use a nuclear weapon in battle in the next few years.

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CL - April 14, 2017

“On the campaign trail, Trump vowed to take the fight to ISIS, memorably saying he would “bomb the shit” out of them if he were elected”
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/328725-trump-lauds-successful-bombing-in-afghanistan

“Trump received enormous amounts of praise across the political spectrum after he ordered the bombing of a Syrian airfield last week…. Trump, who is struggling with record-low approval ratings, took one lesson from that operation: Bombing foreign countries is an easy way to boost one’s popularity.”
https://newrepublic.com/minutes/142042/looks-like-donald-trump-trying-bomb-way-popularity

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14. paulculloty82 - April 13, 2017

Hard to know what to make of Mélenchon, has some good proposals on political reform and social equality, but the idea that his presidency could withdraw French EU budget contributions if his reform proposals are rejected should disturb Irish readers, and the notion of a dual currency system across the eurozone appears impractical.

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Brenda - April 15, 2017

The size of the anti capitalism vote in France is quite big now.
Melenchon and le pen on a combined 42%.

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15. Jolly Red Giant - April 14, 2017

The documentary produced by #JobstownNotGuilty on the Jobstown protest in 2014 has now been posted on YouTube.

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Jolly Red Giant - April 14, 2017

Please share as widely as possible on social media.

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16. Tomboktu - April 14, 2017

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17. Aonrud ⚘ - April 14, 2017

Spotted this quote from Theresa Villiers over on the NI Reddit.

“It is a grave injustice that the island was forcibly divided … and I will continue to work to support efforts to reunite it as one country with a single international personality and single citizenship.”

She refers, of course, to Cyprus:
http://www.barnet-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=118522&headline=MP%20brings%20Cypriot%20community%20together%20in%20the%20name%20of%20a%20united%20Cyprus&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2017

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18. ar scáth a chéile - April 14, 2017

I was hoping following Chilcott there’d be an end to the mollycoddling rehabilitation of Alistair Campell in this country . But no – the March Law Society Gazette tell us he’s “just been announced as the Law Society Spring Gala dinner speaker. Tickets are selling fast…. Generously sponsored by Grant Thornton…set to be the premier legal occasion of the year… Alistair Campell will speak of the impacts and challenges of Brexit”.

Beforehand, the Gala attendees heard speakers on … wait for it…“Miscarriages of justice. “ Don’t know if anyone had the cojones or decency at the black tie gig to ask some hard questions of Alistair. I doubt it – the April Gazette features a cushy interview with him – diddly squat on the war of aggression in Iraq and the hundreds of thousands of deaths that followed.

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19. roddy - April 15, 2017

With 2 maniacs now squaring up to one another,I am wondering about leaving the house this weekend.Would it be better with regard to attending Easter commemorations to reissue McNeill,s countermanding order that “all manouvres have been cancelled this weekend”! I am presently constructing a nuclear shelter in the bogland surrounding my home!

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20. sonofstan - April 15, 2017

FWIW, B&A poll for the Sunday Times has FG 29%, FF 28%, SF 18%, Lab 5%, IA 5, Solidarnosc 3% etc.

FG up 7%, SF -5% the main movers

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