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What you want to say – 16 September 2020 September 16, 2020

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. Conor Kostick - September 16, 2020


Independent Left are holding an online public meeting on Sunday 4 October 8-9pm Dublin time to celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street, 1936 and to discuss the lessons from this event for challenging the far-right today.

Please register in advance at the eventbrite link.

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2. tafkaGW - September 16, 2020

Good news: New Anglesey nuclear power development plant being ditched by Hitachi.

They cite the lack of government investment in the sector, and push nuclear and hydrogen as a solution to climate catastrophe.

What they don’t say is that renewables and hydrogen-based energy storage using the existing gas network is significantly cheaper. As well as being independent of uranium mining.

Not so good news: Meanwhile there is strong indications from long-term imaging that the West Antarctic ice shelf is coming adrift. With massive implications, not just for sea level rises.

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3. sonofstan - September 16, 2020

Noel Gallagher won’t be told what to do cos he’s rock’n’roll, man, and he can think for himself




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roddy - September 16, 2020

Some very dodgy people have been given a pass and often because they are deemed “rock and roll” and “cool”.Some on the left have been very soft on the likes of John Peel for example.Also Liam Neeson has appeared on our news bulletins yesterday demanding funding for the”arts” .He was lauded by presenters despite his outrageous admissions a few months ago which would have sunk anyone else.

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sonofstan - September 16, 2020

I remember the first time I saw Oasis, in the Tivoli(1993?), I was working on the show and we were waiting for them to arrive. When they eventually pulled up, they pushed past us, all attitude, and my co-worker muttered, audibly, ‘wankers’: stand- off with Liam, who backed down in the end. I’ve never had reason to deviate froom my esteemed colleague’s opinion.

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WorldbyStorm - September 16, 2020

Yep. I’m with you there. Utterly overhyped. And that’s interesting about him backing down.


Gearóid Clár - September 16, 2020

Funnily, I’m just after finishing Mark Lanegan’s autobiography – very good, btw – where he has some very funny comments on Gallagher’s tough man attitude, which are hilarious even if only half true.

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WorldbyStorm - September 16, 2020

Got to check that out. Sounds brilliant.


oliverbohs - September 16, 2020

On a different note on that subject, strolling 90s footballer Matt Le Tissier recently lost his handy number with Sky Sports. It was never implied, but was it coincidence he’s one of those voluble disbelievers in wearing masks, and indeed BLM badges?
Regarding old rockers, it’d be easier to list the ones who don’t embarrass themselves and their fans with their BS, coming on like those who turn up to see Farage in the flesh

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4. Pangurbán - September 16, 2020

John Morans delusional piece in the Times today on the lack of death of the office begs the question:
What might Irish Times property journalists of 1835 have been writing?

The new railroad from Dublin to Kingstown will have little effect on the property market. This venture is designed to bring goods to the capital from the cross channel ships arriving in Kingstown. It’s role as a passenger carrier will be limited to ships passengers travelling to the centre of the capital.
Talks of residential villa developments in villages such as Blackrock Monkstown or Salthill are far fetched. Even more far fetched is the speculation that railroads could reach as far as Drogheda, Kilkenny or even more laughably Cork. A new scheme called ibid which plans to develop quality stage coach inns every five miles on the Cork turnpike road is a much more attractive proposition for the canny investor

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5. tafkaGW - September 16, 2020

Barnier has Bojo’s number on the recrudescence of acute Brexshit. It’s been done now to distract from the coming Covid19 peak in England at least.

Now Joe thinks this will eventually end in a minimal deal. I suspect Otto von Jizzmark’s government will run this through till December’s no deal and beyond, for distraction and in order to have someone to blame for their murderous failings.

I hope Joe is right.


Colm B - September 16, 2020

These are the last days (metaphorically speaking) of the British state but declining ruling classes don’t go quitely into the night. It’s going to be a rocky road ahead.

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6. CL - September 16, 2020

“Dr Ryan said many of the world’s health systems, including in Ireland, have ramped up their capacity to treat large numbers of patients in a safe way and protect their health workers at the same time.

He said the public health part of the health system, which detects, tests, traces, isolates and quarantines and break chains of transmission in partnership with the community, did not score as highly in its performance worldwide and said “there’s more work to be done in that space in the coming weeks”.

“despite contact tracing being a vital part of what public health specialists do, the national contact tracing system is run by a management consultant….
NPHET has hardly any public health specialist representation on it.”

“Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said “The reproduction number is between 1.3 – 1.7 nationally. I am more concerned than I have been at any point since late April. Case numbers appear to be growing exponentially and are likely to double every 10 to 14 days if every one of us does not immediately act to break chains of transmission of the virus. If we do not interrupt transmission now, bring the r-number back to below 1, modelling shows that we could have 500 -1,000 cases per day by the 16th of October, 50-60% of which would be in Dublin.”


7. CL - September 17, 2020

The virus is now moving through the population at exponential speed.

The dilatory approach of the government as it lies back and thinks of the economy is aggravating the health crisis and is a dangerous dereliction of duty.


8. sonofstan - September 17, 2020

Tide going out for Johnson?
All of the Tory papers have critical – indeed, damning – headlines this morning about the testing ‘shambles’ (Daily Mail). Spectator giving him 6 months.
Add to that the stark warnings from Biden and Pelosi about how a future Dem administration will not countenance any drift on the GFA.


Joe - September 17, 2020

Spectator giving him 6 months.
We should be so lucky! Hard to see how he’d be pushed out so soon. He led them to an 80 seat majority, that’ll count for more than all the shambleses he presides over for the next 4 years.

A future Dem administration.
We should be so lucky! But I guess it’s a possibility and if it does come to pass, it would be an awful blow for Johnson and maybe speed his departure from the scene.

Fingers crossed on all fronts.


sonofstan - September 17, 2020

” Hard to see how he’d be pushed out so soon”

‘Resign’ due to lingering health issues?


Joe - September 18, 2020

‘Resign’ due to lingering health issues?

Please God. The ‘lingering health issues’ would be a good cover for the real story – ‘I’m bored with this and it’s too hard’.

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9. Paul Culloty - September 19, 2020

Generally, I tend to be fairly dubious about B&A polls, and this one is no exception:

FF may well be higher than last week’s 10%, but almost double that seems a stretch, likewise that Labour and SDs would only poll 4% between them, or indeed that Sol-PBP are that low.

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WorldbyStorm - September 19, 2020

Agreed. It seems a bit too awry.


roddy - September 20, 2020

Poll may be off a bit but even so SF at 50% in the 18 to 34 age group bodes well for the future.If someone had told me that a decade ago,I would have said they were raving!

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10. Tomboktu - September 20, 2020

Might interest some here

Talk during the week on Irish emigrants to the USSR, by Dr Maurice Casey, Historian-in-Residence for EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum.

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11. CL - September 20, 2020


“The Minister for Further and Higher Education said that if we get to a situation in this country where we need more than 100,000 Covid-19 tests a week, “we’re in a very, very bad place”…..
He acknowledged there “is a need to continue to invest in our testing and tracing infrastructure, absolutely” but there is no need to mislead people by suggesting that an increase in testing capacity would reduce the need for restrictions….
Solidarity-People Before Profit TD Paul Murphy said it is “infuriating” that we do not have the necessary test and trace capacity in place six months after the beginning of the pandemic.
The centre of any plan to manage Covid-19 should be extensive testing and tracing, he added….

Social Democrats TD Holly Cairns said a warning from Health Service Executive CEO Paul Reid that we do not have the ability to test as much as we need to is “incredibly worrying”….

Sinn Féin TD Imelda Munster said the Government “had all summer” to get ready for mass testing and they did not do it.
She said both mass testing and a 24-hour turnaround time are needed. “We can pay for testing or we can pay for lockdown,” she said.”


12. tafkaGW - September 21, 2020

From the IT:

Despite the rise in cases, pubs not serving food will be permitted to open today, for the first time since mid-March, in all counties other than Dublin.

Despite hotspots now in Donegal, Limerick, Carrick, Dundalk etc. etc. Along with big increases in the East of NI.

Criminally negligent.

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13. sonofstan - September 22, 2020

Johnson bullshit max.

“If we look at the history of this country over the past 300 years, virtually every advance, from free speech to democracy, has come from this country. It is very difficult to ask the British population uniformly to obey guidelines in the way that is necessary”


WorldbyStorm - September 22, 2020

What a load of old cobblers.


14. Paul Culloty - September 22, 2020

Starmer’s strategy for winning back the “red wall” seems to largely consist of reclaiming the Union Flag:

Of course, it’s not unusual to combine left-wing politics with civic nationalism, but almost impossible to out-muscle the Tories on that ground without clear messaging on the NHS, education and employment, and Scottish Labour have failed miserably in similar attempts.

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sonofstan - September 22, 2020

I’m confused about the message though: are we on our own between growing up and growing old?

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sonofstan - September 22, 2020

Assuming there’s a gap of course: the PM is on the cusp of the latter without having achieved the former.


WorldbyStorm - September 22, 2020

It would appear so


Joe - September 22, 2020

Starmer trying to channel Ewan McColl and also win back the fishing communities along the north east coast.
Sweating or cold
Growing up
Growing old
As we hunt the bonny
Shoals of herring

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15. Joe - September 22, 2020

A friend tells me discussions around an amalgamation of PbP and Rise are at an advanced stage. Anyone else hear that?


Tomboktu - September 22, 2020

Far left parties amalgamating? Surely some mistake.

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Colm B - September 22, 2020

PbP has no democratic structures, is led and run unchallenged by the old self-replicating SWP leadership, so I don’t understand how RISE, who left the the SP because it was not democratic enough, now wish to amalgamate into another undemocratic org? At least the SP have annual conferences and serious debates, even if the leadership always wins.
Fine to work with PbP but join them and loose the democratic rights you fought for elsewhere? Maybe the amalgameded organisation will have fully democratic structures but that would surprise me. I am genuinely puzzled by this, if Joe’s pal is correct.

Why not join with Independent Left who do have democratic structures and share the same radical goals as RISE?

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16. Tomboktu - September 22, 2020


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