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Signs of Hope – A continuing series October 17, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Gewerkschaftler suggested this recently:

I suggest this blog should have a regular (weekly) slot where people can post happenings at the personal or political level that gives them hope that we’re perhaps not going to hell in a handbasket as quickly as we thought. Or as the phlegmatic Germans put it “hope dies last”.

Any contributions this week?


1. Joe - October 17, 2019

Sorry about this but there is no hope. This article from Alex Kane in the IT makes that clear. It’s on the money. The north is forever f***ed.
Sorry I can’t do a link but the article was called ‘Mutual distrust continues to dog the North’.


yourcousin - October 17, 2019
Joe - October 17, 2019

I’m normally a glass half full sort of bloke. I suppose anyone who believe(s)(ed) that the ‘solution’ to the north’s problems is working class unity and socialism would need to be. But the place has been like it is now for pretty much 400 years now. So it may not be forever f***ed but it is f***ed for the forseeable. Sadly.

Patrick Kielty had a great standup joke in the mid to late 90s. It was after that year when the orangemen and assorted luminaries blocked roads and intimidated people across the north – probably over the Garvaghy Road thing or somesuch. He starts rambling on in an imaginary conversation: “Ach, sure Northern Ireland is a grand we place. A grand wee place altogether. The people are so nice. Sure they’re grand altogether. It’s just 5%, it’s just 5% troublemakers who are ruining it for everyone else.” And then he stops and looks back incredulously at the chap who was talking and says “WERE YOU HERE LAST SUMMER?”

Anyone good at finding videos of jokes online, please feel free to post a link. Thanks.


2. roddy - October 17, 2019

The north was always fucked because it has no right to exist.


WorldbyStorm - October 17, 2019

Alex Kane wrote this week that the central problem is partition – I think it is. All borders are artificial but the Brexit process suggests some are more artificial than others. To see the DUP attempting to ignore the reality of cross border links etc this last while has been educative I hope for some.


Joe - October 18, 2019

He also wrote that in a UI the problems (sectarianism and separation between the two communities) that NI has would continue to exist. So if partition is the problem, eliminating partition is not necessarily the solution.


3. tafkaGW - October 18, 2019

Orbán lost control of the city of Budapest. Could this be the beginnings of an effective Hungarian resistance to authoritarian ethnicist nationalist neoliberalism?


4. tafkaGW - October 18, 2019

The further teachers’ strikes in Chicago. The repeated willingness to strike is indicative of a group of workers becoming more militant.


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