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What you want to say – 17 July 2019 July 17, 2019

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. Phil F - July 17, 2019

Interesting piece by by an Irish activist long time living in Colombia on the decay of the FARC (shades of the Provos): https://rdln.wordpress.com/2019/07/14/colombia-the-political-decay-of-the-farc/

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2. Paddy Healy - July 17, 2019

SpecialAFRI Meeting in Support of Two US Veterans For Peace To-Night https://wp.me/pKzXa-Ut From DR ED Horgan
A special meeting has been arranged in solidarity and support for US Veterans For Peace Ken Mayers and Tarak Kauff, at the Teachers Club, Parnell Square, Dublin this Wednesday 17 August, at 7.30pm.
Due to unacceptable bail conditions, whistleblowers Ken and Tarak are effectively being punished before trial for attempting to expose Ireland complicity in US war crimes by US military use of Shannon airport. Their bail conditions include not being allowed to return to the USA before their trial which could be up to two years from now.
Ken and Tarak need your active and practical support.


3. Alibaba - July 17, 2019

There is no shortage of fuel for moral outrage and progressive annoyance when it comes to what Trump says and does. But it doesn’t amount to a hill of beans politically. For instance, the House of Representatives voted to condemn his racially charged comments about four Democratic congresswomen. Mind you, ‘The measure, in itself, has no legal ramifications for the president …’ So much for challenging these racist attacks.


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WorldbyStorm - July 17, 2019

Yeah, it’s so toothless – telling how weak the ‘liberal’ response is – they just don’t have a methodology for the likes of Trump


4. Tomboktu - July 17, 2019

Andrea Camilleri has died.

Guardian obituary here.


5. Liberius - July 18, 2019

Fionn Wallace, the son of Independent MEP and close Daly ally Mick Wallace, is currently listed on the European Parliament website as one Daly’s three accredited assistants.

Under EU rules, MEPs are not allowed to employ close relatives. The maximum monthly allowance for recruiting parliamentary assistants is €24,943.

I did wonder yesterday when I looked at the EU parliament website about that, I also note Mick Wallace is officially now a member of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (I did think Daly would end up on that, I’ll have to monitor Wallace now)



Tomboktu - July 18, 2019

€24k per month? Surely some mistake there.

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Liberius - July 18, 2019

I don’t think it’s specified exactly how much of that mammoth amount Daly is using for these three assistants, though it is notable that she’s got three assistants and Wallace only one, makes you wonder!



6. 6to5against - July 19, 2019

thought this was a pretty insightful account of the current situation in the Trump vs Squad situation.



WorldbyStorm - July 19, 2019

Excellent analysis – I’ve a lot of sympathy for AOC etc but I’m cautious about the strategy described given the nature of the us polity. Interesting how Pelosi herself is described – I’ve noticed a lot on the us left appear to have forgotten what a hated figure she is on the right


7. Paddy Healy - July 21, 2019

All Out Assault on Irish Neutrality at MacGill School 2018
FG MEP Wants”Triple Lock” on Deployment of Irish Troops abroad Reviewed But Ben Tonra-Professor in EU Funded Chair at UCD Makes All Out Assault on Irish Neutrality at MacGill Summer School- Ben Tonra is chief researcher for Institute for International and European Affairs https://wp.me/pKzXa-Ut
Tonra said: Triple lock on deployment of Irish Troops should not be reviewed-It should be abolished immediately–Irish Participation in EU military forces is necessary to claim our share of the developing EU military industrial complex to get our share of the jobs involved

Watch Q&A section of this Webcast of the Anti-Neutrality Session at Mac Gill Summer School https://donegalcoco.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/365591

Because some interjections are inaudible on the Webcast, I have added the notes below for the sake of clarity
Question Paddy Healy I welcome FF recommitment to triple lock. Can Mairead McGuinness clarify the FG position. Is she and is the Irish government now committed to retention of triple lock?
M McGuiness: Our document is clear on the matter. We want a review. I think we should have a real debate. I don’t want to see a European Army or Neutrality as necessary opposite. I think we should have a real debate
Paddy Healy Why then have your colleaguesat the European Parliament, who have a different view- Luke Ming and Lyn Boylan -not been invited onto the platform?
M McGuinness: That’s down to Joe(Mulholland)- laughter (would it have been in breach of Joe’s favoured section 31-PH)


8. Paddy Healy - July 21, 2019

Burton Not Mentioned: Sunday Independent Fails To Mention The Responsibility of Labour Party Minister for Social Welfare Joan Burton for Pension Changes that Disadvantaged Women by up to 20Euro+ Per Week
Burton’s Cuts PaddyHealywordpress https://wp.me/pKzXa-rv
32,000 pensioners to receive top-ups! “The controversy arose in 2012 when the FG/Lab coalition made changes to pension bands which led to pensioners losing out on full pensions because they had taken time out of the workforce to raise families or care for loved ones.
This affected tens of thousands of people, many of them women who took time out for childcare or other reasons. Some of these women were subjected to the State’s marriage bar – which was only abolished in 1973.”Sunday Independent: €1k payback for pensioners to correct ‘bonkers’ anomaly:True scale of financial hit from ‘bonkers’ anomaly-Philip Ryan Deputy Political Editor Sunday Independent July 21 2019


Paddy Healy - July 21, 2019

Full Sunday Independent Article on Restoration of Burton Cuts https://wp.me/pKzXa-rv


9. Paddy Healy - July 22, 2019

Women’s pensions were easy targets IRISH EXAMINER , Saturday, October 14, 2017,Michael Clifford
Full Article on my blog https://wp.me/pKzXa-rv
On October 12 in the Dáil,Joan Burton defended the introduction of the changes in 2012 by saying that the system had to be saved at a time of austerity.This might well have been the case, but why were the women in question targeted?Was it calculated tobe Politically expedient?Was it to circumvent the Labour promise to maintain basic social welfare rates?
The problem affects women who took time out of the workforce to raise children, but it is also a product of the marriage ban, writes Michael Clifford
A LUCKY phonecall to Sean O’Rourke and suddenly a buried scandal is excavated. So it went last Wednesday, when the RTÉ presenter was hosting a post-budget programme with Finance Minister Paschal Donohue.-Irish Examiner


10. Paddy Healy - July 23, 2019

All Pensioners on Contributory and Non-Contributory Social Welfare Old Age Pensions To Be Confined to Minimum Essential Standard of Living in their Old Age After A lifelong Contribution to Irish Society According to Minister Regina Doherty: All State pensions should not be equal, says Minister
Shocking Threat To Pensioners By Fine Gael Minister -Remember Ernest Blythe https://wp.me/pKzXa-1ma
Minister says welfare system ‘not working’ for many and needs to be changed (At Cost to “Better Off” Social Welfare Recipients-PH) It is not “fair” that some older people receive State pensions that are more than they need while others on the same amount live in poverty, Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty has said. Ms Doherty said she wants to reform the welfare system and bring an end to €5 top-ups on every welfare payment being announced on budget days.
Kitty Holland , Irish Times: Saturday, July 6, 2019, 01:00
Full Holland article Here https://wp.me/pKzXa-1ma


Alibaba - July 23, 2019

Thanks for the heads-up on that. Pensions provision is a class issue. The Minister for State Protection says: ‘What we have at the moment is people being left behind because we’re quite happy to leave everybody the same and everyone is not the same.’ You bet! But not quite in the way Doherty mentions. How about the private pensions that the better-off secured with all their tax reliefs and that’s on top of their state and/or occupational pensions? How about the rental income they get from the second or third homes they purchased?

It annoys me incredibly to see pensioners getting referrals from GPs that leaves them waiting for months or years before they see a consultant, while those with private health insurance can skip the queue.

Varadkar has gone on record saying pension supply is not “sustainable” and “by 2050 just two people will be working to support every pensioner, down from about five today.” No surprises then they moved pension age to 68 years (losing pensioners thousands of euro in entitlements) and they have started to scupper the defined benefit scheme for public servants. Say goodbye to that in the private sector too, when employers automatically transfer these schemes into defined contribution ones which may yield very poor results.

A bleat of opposition came from trade union leaders who warned that the state pension is unlikely to be kept at current levels due to the future swelling of the ranks of the retired. And why? To meet the alleged financial shortfall. This is a disguised attempt at deeper exploitation. Let’s be honest. The centre left parties have implemented austerity, hitting their traditional voters – the poor, public and private sector employees, insecure workers and pensioners – leading to a drop in their support. To be sure they have expressed concern, but nothing done by way of action or putting forward concrete demands. The grey vote and actions are out there for the taking by any political force worth its salt.


11. roddy - July 23, 2019

I know this has nothing to do with politics but did anybody see “the man who wanted to fly” on RTE last night? It had to be the most heart warming film/ documentary I’ve seen in a long time.Uproariously funny but tinged with sadness and as far as you can get from Dublin 4 middle class pretensions.If you haven’t seen it ,don’t miss the inevitable repeat.

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Joe - July 23, 2019

I saw the trailer. Did he get to fly in the end?


12. roddy - July 23, 2019

With a bit of help from a co pilot! Highlight of the show was his even older brother trying to fly a model helicopter which crashed over on its side even before take off ,to which the oul fella could be heard murmuring – “fucks sake!”


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