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What you want to say – 24th May, 2017 May 24, 2017

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

As always, following on Dr. X’s suggestion, it’s all yours, “announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose”, feel free.


1. Seán Ó Murchadha - May 24, 2017

Lá Dearg, the rally for Irish Language rights was on last Saturday in Belfast. A great day. Politically, the majority of MLAs now support legislation for Irish. Still have to get Arlene & Ci over the line.


2. Michael Carley - May 24, 2017

This looks like something many people here might be interested in:

When you think about the epic sweep of the Lisbon Lions story you have to wonder what was the greater of the miracles that happened back then – the fact that 50 years ago 11 local lads won the European Cup or the fact that, as a team, they existed at all.

Consider the roadblocks. Bobby Lennox – so shy as a kid he was embarrassed to play football in other people’s company.

John Clark – his young life ruined by the death of his father in a railway accident.

Stevie Chalmers – so sick from tuberculosis-meningitis in his late teens and early 20s that he was given three weeks to live.

Jock Stein – dismissed from his job as Celtic reserve team manager on account of his religion, the Parkhead board telling him that as a Protestant he had gone as far as he could possibly go at the club.

Stein was in tears that day. So say a number of his former players in a documentary – Glasgow 1967 – about the Lions and the city they came from, to be aired on Wednesday on BBC One Scotland at 21:00 BST.



3. GW - May 24, 2017

So is Vrad the Impaler (as he is known is certain circles) Big Chief yet?

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irishelectionliterature - May 24, 2017

I hear Coveney did a mailshot of the FG membership….envelope had a picture of himself on the front. Caused a bit of anger as every Postman in the country now knows who the FG members are 🙂
Whilst some people are straight out with their party loyalty, some like to keep it quiet.


GW - May 24, 2017

Hm. Not very smart.

Not strong, stable and anti-chaos coalition yet then.


4. Aengus Millen - May 24, 2017

I’ve come across some interesting things while reading An Phoblacht for my thesis. For instance the first edition from 1925 contains a report on a speech given by W.B. Yeats in the free state senate in favor of divorce. On the other hand it also has a report on the Belfast fascist society supported by the Catholic Bishop of Belfast.

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5. Jolly Red Giant - May 24, 2017

The government spent €5million on the Office of Corporate Enforcement and 11 cops investigated the banking collapse and the shennanigans at Anglo.

The government spent €12million on the Jobstown investigation and trial and 97cops investigated a protest that delayed a government minister for a couple of hours.

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Ciaran - May 24, 2017


And still people don’t realise how badly funded the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement is and was, since before the onset of the financial collapse.


6. shea - May 24, 2017



7. roddy - May 24, 2017

An Phoblacht was edited by Peadar O’Donnell from 1926 who I think we can all agree was no fascist!


Aengus Millen - May 25, 2017

No of course and the paper wasn’t reporting on them favorably. I was more offering this as a panorama of Irish society at the time rather then an phoblacht’s opinions.


8. Dermot O Connor - May 25, 2017

Wondering what effect Manchester will have on the UK GE (though Cox’s murder seems to have had little effect on the Brexit vote).


1. The gutter press (include BBC & Guardian) will try to blame it on Corbyn.

2. Massive security failure which has to lie at feet of govt.

3. UKIP launches manifesto as campaign resumes.

One would imagine that this will be a ‘boon’ for UKIP (in which case, do they win back support from tories, Labour, or both?)


Starkadder - May 25, 2017

It’s possible Andy Burnham might enjoy a surge of popularity due to being seen as a reliabel leader during a traumatic time (call it the
Giuliani Effect).


9. sonofstan - May 25, 2017

Strange times: I am about to quote Michael O’Leary approvingly. He says Ryaniar may have to cease flights to UK airports at the end of next year

He said that he had raised this with the UK transport secretary, Chris Grayling, and his cabinet colleagues but they do not accept his argument. “But if you ask them what their plan B is, they don’t have a plan B,” he added.

“They say that they cannot see how European airports are going to survive without British passengers – well, they can survive because they are going to have to.”


WorldbyStorm - May 25, 2017

That’s weird, only this morning I was thinking about the people I knew in a cruise around the Baltic, I mentioned them before, it was shortly before last years referendum and they arrive at Norway. The port is being upgraded and the comments from some English passengers was ‘that’s our money funding that’ of course Norway isn’t in the EU but the underlying attitude was one which simply couldn’t grasp that Europe is bigger than the UK and that the latter while not unimportant isn’t the key pivot around which all else revolves. If O’Leary us concerned that’s a very bad sign as to how deluded the UK is.


sonofstan - May 25, 2017

It’s their version of the famous New Yorker ‘view of the world from 9th Avenue’



WorldbyStorm - May 25, 2017

+1. It is remarkably insular.


Michael Carley - May 25, 2017

Worth looking at what the industry said on 24 June last year:


and here, on air traffic management issues:



10. Starkadder - May 25, 2017

Roger Cole has a letter in today’s Irish Times:

“The Peace and Neutrality Alliance (Pana) will be sending a strong delegation to attend a counter-summit in Brussels, the “Yes to Peace – No to Nato” conference organised by the World Peace Council.


Is that the same World Peace Council that was and still is a front for the decidedly non-peaceful Russian government?

” In 1979 the World Peace Council explained the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan as an act of solidarity in the face of Chinese and US aggression against Afghanistan.”


You know, I do believe it might be.


yourcousin - May 26, 2017

I dont mean to put words into your mouth, but the word that springs to my tongue is, “useful idiot”.


11. Dermot O Connor - May 25, 2017

More on the UK polls, bloody hell (mind, taken BEFORE the bomb):


CON 42%(-5)
LAB 34%(+5)
LDEM 9%(+1)
UKIP 4%(-2)

This one AFTER the bombs!

CON 43%(-1),
LAB 38%(+3),
LDEM 10%(+1),
UKIP 4%(+1) – a Tory lead of just five points.




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Jolly Red Giant - May 25, 2017

I remember the pessimists on here crying that the Tories were going to wallop Corbyn and everything was going to be a disaster.


WorldbyStorm - May 25, 2017

I would always sooner be cautious and proven wrong than overly optimistic and proven wrong. Five points is a fine result this evening and as uk polling report note this appears based on policy. It will be good if another poll appears supporting this one. One thing I would say, I’ve long and often quoted on here Michael Whites point made shortly after Corbyn was elected that over time he could appear like the quiet calm person who can clean up the stories mess. I would be delighted if they were the case. Let’s wait and see.


CL - May 25, 2017

“It comes as Mr Corbyn prepares to take the hugely controversial step of blaming Britain’s foreign wars for terror attacks such as the Manchester suicide bombing.
The Labour leader will claim a link between “wars our government has supported or fought in other countries and terrorism here at home”, as he relaunches his party’s election campaign on Friday after the three-day pause.”


Ed - May 27, 2017

Seriously JRG, if you’re trying to ride on Corbyn’s coat-tails so you can indulge in some entirely unearned smugness, you can f**k right off. I really, really, hope that the current polling figures hold up for the election in less than a fortnight’s time, or even that the gap narrows a little. But if that happens, the credit belongs entirely to Corbyn and his allies; you can keep your hands off it. I can remember you ‘crying’ that the Brexit vote was going to be a disaster for the Tories, rapidly resulting in a split and a Labour victory bringing Corbyn to power; and I can remember you ‘crying’ about how Corbyn had ‘dug himself a hole’ by not following the brilliant and inspired Lexit line of your comrades.

As things stand, it still looks as if Brexit will be May’s salvation; the Tories have taken enough UKIP votes by adopting their programme to get themselves a majority on June 8th. The main political effect of Brexit has been to unify and strengthen the right-wing bloc on a radicalized platform; almost certainly that will be enough to compensate for May’s incompetence and the unpopularity of much of her policy agenda. In the light of recent polls, the view I’m hearing from a lot of pro-Corbyn leftists here is ‘you know, this suggests it actually would have been possible for someone like Corbyn to win, if it wasn’t for Brexit’. Corbyn and his team have been playing a blinder since the election was called; whatever the final result turns out to be, they’ve given it their very best shot and the campaign has been a credit to them on every front. They’ve made the very best of a bad situation not of their own making. Please keep your mitts off that achievement and don’t try using it to justify more hollow, self-aggrandizing bombast.


12. roddy - May 25, 2017

They’ll throw the kitchen sink at him now .

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WorldbyStorm - May 25, 2017

+1 and they’re already trying, the IRA stuff in particular.


13. Starkadder - May 26, 2017
14. Starkadder - May 26, 2017

Interesting piece on Trump and the Israelis:



15. Gerryboy - May 27, 2017

Michael Moore documentary on the Finland Education system – apparently one of the best in the world. It seems to be mostly about primary schooling. Finnish culture may be a key factor too.



CL - May 27, 2017

“It’s also illegal in Finland to profit from schooling. Wealthy parents have to ensure that neighborhood schools can give their kids the best education possible, because they are the only option”. This is the key point.


16. CL - May 27, 2017
17. Aonrud ⚘ - May 28, 2017

Are the Guardian’s election preferences indicated in the size of their cartoon party leaders? Why is Farron so big?


18. Michael Carley - May 28, 2017

Just had dinner at my union conference. In the Grand Hotel Brighton.

(And met SoS’s delegate. Paddies everywhere.)

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sonofstan - May 29, 2017

Did you get a summary of the current state of play at our place?


Michael Carley - May 29, 2017

No. Should I ask?


sonofstan - May 29, 2017

Probably not that exceptional in the current climate – not particularly generous voluntary severance terms on offer to all staff for a limited period, to be followed by compulsory ‘savings’. with no obvious irony, it’s being referred to a ‘transformation programme’


19. Joe - May 29, 2017

Shock! Horror! National Pay Talks taking longer than expected. Union negotiators reeling as government reveals it wants stuff from the negotiations.



EWI - May 29, 2017

The Government are just taking the p### here. Iris scanning? Fingerprinting?


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