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Not the only one… July 30, 2019

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Telling that Timmy Dooley broke and run, briefly, with the line that:

…a “standoff” with the UK was a “direct result of Taoiseach Varadkars (sic ) failure to engage in basic diplomacy over the past 2 years”.

I think EWI has pointed to that sentiment abroad amongst a small tranche in this state over recent times, but that an FF TD would follow it says a lot about that party these days. In fairness M. Martin stamped on it pretty damn quick, as well he should given that it is so evidently untrue.

But then again, there are others who follow a not dissimilar line. For example, Nick Timothy’s tendentious article in the Daily Telegraph (behind a paywall, but some text will be found on Slugger) was lauded by someone this side of the Irish Sea.

Important article from yesterday’s Daily Telegraph forwarded by Anthony Coughlan for your information

“Varadkar is playing fast and loose with peace in Northern
Ireland”… Important article from yesterday’s Daily Telegraph
forwarded by Anthony Coughlan for your information

– Please copy and disseminate this article as widely as possible
because of its truthfulness, its authoritative source and its
political significance.

– The article is written by Nick Timothy, who was Prime Minister
Theresa May’s principal policy adviser until he resigned in 2017
following her failed general election bid.

– NB. Taoiseach Varadkar’s intransigence on the Irish backstop is not
out of concern for the Good Friday Agreement. There is nothing in that
agreement that requires the UK to be in or to remain a member of the
EU. Taoiseach Varadkar’s objective, supported by Brussels, is to use
the Irish backstop to keep the UK effectively trapped in the EU
customs union and single market when a meaningful Brexit requires that
it must leave these. (A.C.)

Strange to see the tropes of the British hard and ultra-free market right imported directly into Irish political discourse and then used as a stick to beat the government of this state which has, at least (and I’m in a way amazed to be saying this given it is an FG government) recognised the seriousness of the situation in regard to the Border and the situation of Northern nationalists and republicans.

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1. Daniel Rayner O'Connor - July 30, 2019

Is this the same Anthony Coughlan who denounces Provos and ‘ultra-lefts’ for provoking a thirty year war that could have been avoided by peaceful negotiations?

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WorldbyStorm - July 31, 2019

Could be!

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EWI - July 31, 2019

Is this the same Anthony Coughlan who denounces Provos and ‘ultra-lefts’ for provoking a thirty year war that could have been avoided by peaceful negotiations?

The same Tony Coughlan who took a fairly recent libel case based on an allegation of his political background, which does constrain a freer discussion unfortunately.

Doolan is a prime example of what I would characterise (and I’ve spoken to Ógra-types who agree) is a severe lack of talent on the FF front bench, which is incidentally probably the reason why MM survives unchallenged as leader.

It should be noted that Doolan was slapped down by Ó Cuiv on Twitter recently, with no comment by MM, after posting strongly anti-Irish language remarks.

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2. An Sionnach Fionn - July 30, 2019

Dev must be spinning in his grave. Along with several other FF taoisigh. Martin and those he has enticed into FF are more like a Blueshirt tribute act than the Soldiers of Destiny. How on earth he’s getting away with it is beyond me. FF really is in desperate straits personnel-wise if this is the calibre of the party’s elected reps. The dregs at the bottom of the Irish political barrel.

I know that some FF cumainn are miffed that FG is seemingly more FF than FF itself when it comes to taking on the UK but Martin and company are marching to a different tune.

If I was in FG I might be hinting to the voters that FF is not safe on the Brexit question.

And SF might might find some fertile ground in suggesting the same.

The only thing that is keeping FF from the accusation of being notorious Brit-lickers, to borrow a tongue in cheek phrase, is the current cosy arrangement in An Dáil and the lets play the united front game on the Brexit issue that most of the parties are sticking to.

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WorldbyStorm - July 31, 2019

It’s just incredible. Is it a generational thing? How on earth could an FF TD possibly buy into this, unless it is a conservative thing, in the sense of a Tory conservative thing. That the right wing economic tropes are now so embedded that they cannot distinguish between genuine national interest and that of the UK? As you say Dev must definitely be spinning in his grave.

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EWI - July 31, 2019

Dev must be spinning in his grave. Along with several other FF taoisigh. Martin and those he has enticed into FF are more like a Blueshirt tribute act than the Soldiers of Destiny. How on earth he’s getting away with it is beyond me. FF really is in desperate straits personnel-wise if this is the calibre of the party’s elected reps. The dregs at the bottom of the Irish political barrel.

I know that some FF cumainn are miffed that FG is seemingly more FF than FF itself when it comes to taking on the UK but Martin and company are marching to a different tune.

I agree with everything you say here. MM doesn’t exactly have a strong republican pedigree in his family, which I suspect hasn’t been strengthened by his academic training as a historian during the height of revisionism. He has certainly made himself at home in the thoroughly West (Brit) Festival in Cork.

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3. irishelectionliterature - July 31, 2019

I have no doubt that whatever Brexit happens that FG will be blamed by FF for it happening. Timmy shows the mask slipped a bit.
Another one is what is the Government’s No Deal planning? I’m sure there is plenty of stuff being done but whatever it is, it won’t probably be enough. Elements in FF will jump on it.
It’s bizarre to see SF attacking FF in defence of the Government. That though is indicative of how the Government has been seen to be doing a good job on Brexit…. and how easy in the face of Brexiteers it is to look good!

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WorldbyStorm - July 31, 2019

That made me smile – your last line. But I think what you say makes a lot of sense. Wonder if this damages FF

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WorldbyStorm - July 31, 2019

And +1 re no deal planning

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irishelectionliterature - July 31, 2019

I think it might, it stinks of putting the Party before Country….. and the rationale of them supporting the Government.

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WorldbyStorm - July 31, 2019

+1 Nog a good look for them

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irishelectionliterature - July 31, 2019

There are elements in FF that think that Varadkar and Coveney haven’t established a relationship with the British Government the way Bertie and Albert Reynolds did and therefore are partially to blame for the current impasse.

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WorldbyStorm - July 31, 2019

Wow, as if it was that easy. Particularly given the nature of that Tory govt. Amazing. Bertie had it particularly easy with Blair.

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4. Daire O'Criodain - July 31, 2019

When I see “important article” “forwarded by Anthony Coughlan”. The “important” there has all the weight of the description of Eoghan Harris as a “significant” commentator, by…. Liam Halligan.

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EWI - July 31, 2019

When I see “important article” “forwarded by Anthony Coughlan”. The “important” there has all the weight of the description of Eoghan Harris as a “significant” commentator, by…. Liam Halligan.

In fairness to Coughlan and the Greaves School (of thought), I would say the problem is that their conception of the world and of political reality is stuck in their heyday, of more than forty years ago (longer than I’ve lived).

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Daire O'Criodain - August 1, 2019

Agree with that 100% and it is mitigating.

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Daniel Rayner O'Connor - August 1, 2019

Even in the seventies, Greaves line that an isolated nation state with any class in charge was the best way to curb capitalism was nonsense.
In fairness to Des, he has been badly served by his disciples. But then, in turn, they have been worse served by theirs.

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EWI - August 2, 2019

I find value in the annual Desmond Greaves School, but they really do need to make an effort to let more recent concerns in.

There is an encouraging movement within the tech sector workforces here to unionise (for its own sake) and to resist unethical work for governments – both for war and and for repression. Something like this could breathe new life (and activists) into the small space occupied by left radicalism in Dublin.

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Daniel Rayner O'Connor - August 2, 2019

I agree. the trouble is that the CDG school, like the Westminster parliament is tending to subordinate everything to the brevet issue, apart from one or two sessions in which it exhumes old forgotten bygone things. All in all, I would say that its usefulness is subject to the law of diminishing returns. It would not surprise me to see herman Kelly as its honoured guest. In that case, I’ll take a raincheck.

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5. uk73584gmailcom - July 31, 2019

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6. roddy - July 31, 2019

Greaves became very pro Adams.

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