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Signs of Hope – A continuing series October 15, 2021

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. yourcousin - October 15, 2021
2. Klassenkampf Treehugger - October 15, 2021

The likely new Mayor of Berlin (Sandra Giffey) is from the right wing of the SPD and a multiple academic plagiarist. She had her doctorate from the Freie Universität annulled because of this. She has also been pushing a coalition with the neo-liberal ultras in the FDP rather than a continuance of a coalition with the Greens and die Linke.

It seem now that the grass-roots of her party who are considerably to the left of her have read the riot act and she’s negotiating a new Red Red Green coalition for the city government.

Signs of hope but plenty of potholes along the cycle track to a new local government. I’d be surprised if there’s one in place before Christmas.

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WorldbyStorm - October 15, 2021

interesting development KT. BTW Sounds like an Irish name – Giffey.


banjoagbeanjoe - October 19, 2021

Sounds like, maybe. But I’ve never met anyone with that name. Gaffney, Givney I think but not Giffey. One way or another she sounds a bit iffy.


Klassenkampf Treehugger - October 19, 2021

It’s a French name Joe – not Irish.


Often pronounced Giff-Aye here – for some reason I can’t fathom.


Klassenkampf Treehugger - October 19, 2021

Bloody Europeans/Humans – just won’t stay in one place 😉

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3. tomasoflatharta - October 16, 2021

A Judge whitewashed the Jack Profumo Scandal in the early 1960’s on behalf of the British Ruling Class – that judge’s name was Lord Denning.

The Conservative government of Harold MacMillan needed a judge to whitewash the Profumo Scandal and selected the best man for the job, Lord Denning. In 1980 this judge’s track record made him the ideal man to keep innocent Irish political prisoners – the Birmingham Six – in jail.

Here is the infamous Denning Birmingham Six Appalling Vista statement. Denning, in 1980, rejected the still-incarcerated Birmingham Six’s civil claim against the police. Dismissing the case, he said:: “Just consider the course of events if their action were to proceed to trial… If the six men failed it would mean that much time and money and worry would have been expended by many people to no good purpose. If they won, it would mean that the police were guilty of perjury; that they were guilty of violence and threats; that the confessions were involuntary and improperly admitted in evidence; and that the convictions were erroneous… That was such an appalling vista that every sensible person would say, ‘It cannot be right that these actions should go any further’.”

Determined mass campaigning to free the Birmingham Six, Guildford 4 and other innocent Irish political prisoners took off in Dublin in the 1980’s. The beating heart of this network was the Co-ordinating Campaign on Miscarriages of Justice which met regularly in the Teachers’ Club, Parnell Square – a venue owned by the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO). The campaign encouraged many independent initiatives. Highlighted here is a book which helped to make the Birmingham Six an international scandal, dragging the reputation of the British judiciary into the gutter. Tireless sub-editors Ralf Sotscheck and Jürgen Schneider worked closely with the political campaign alongside Oscar Gilligan. https://tomasoflatharta.com/2021/10/13/2021-appalling-vistas-the-60th-anniversary-of-the-british-profumo-scandal-a-secret-service-sting-that-went-wrong-irish-connections-lord-denning-and-the-birmingham-six/


EWI - October 16, 2021

Would be interesting to have a confirmation of his nibs as a Freemason.


4. Wes Ferry - October 16, 2021

South Belfast MLA Deirdre Hargey has welcomed the news that homeless people and asylum-seekers will be able to apply for the £100 Spend Local high street voucher.



5. EWI - October 16, 2021

Reconciliation back on track in Northern Ireland:

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benmadigan - October 16, 2021

will they re-enact the B Specials beating up Civil Rights marchers?

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Wes Ferry - October 16, 2021

Have they invited President Higgins or Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil?


Fergal - October 19, 2021

I think maturity is what’s needed here… if n. Ireland is a perfectly legitimate state than its super-duper defenders should and must be remembered… and if a few of our tax-euros are spent doing it…better still… let a thousand flowers blossom 😉

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6. Wes Ferry - October 16, 2021

🇺🇸 USA Capitol insurrection probe

Contempt proceedings against Stephen Bannon will begin on Tuesday, the House Jan. 6 Committee announced.
In a Thursday press release, the panel said that it intended to refer Bannon for criminal contempt of Congress.

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7. banjoagbeanjoe - October 19, 2021

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