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Signs of Hope – A continuing series January 14, 2022

Posted by guestposter 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. alanmyler - January 14, 2022

I’m conscious that a blog mostly frequented by middle-aged men is possibly not the most fitting place for a discussion about the murder of Aisling Murphy, but it’s a conversation that needs to be had everywhere and by everyone of course if society is to really start listening to women about the issue of male violence.

I don’t know if it’s just the circumstances of Aisling Murphy’s murder, quiet rural setting, running on a stretch of greenway, young woman just starting out on her adult life, a teacher, but it seems very close to home to me in all of those respects. Between them the three women in this household tick all of those boxes. It was Aisling Murphy who was killed, but it could have been anyone who fits the description. Anyone in the 51% of the population.

Where’s the sign of hope in this? Maybe this can be the “Savita moment” where society finally starts to listen to women about the problem of male violence. Society, the media, everyone. Not debating it, but listening to women. It has to start sometime. Hopefully this will be one of those catalyst moments, like Savita, like George Floyd, like the Tuam Babies. And not just another murder like the 400+ women killed by men here in the past few decades, a name that will eventually be forgotten except by those directly touched by her killing, her family, friends, neighbours, work colleagues.

It’s a big ask, isn’t it.

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WorldbyStorm - January 14, 2022

Yes, a terrible murder and long past time that there was a serious push about this as you say. Some more thoughts here..

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WorldbyStorm - January 14, 2022

Just thinking a bit more about your comment, and what was also said, I think Paul was right, the fallback into defensiveness on the part of some online compounds the horror of what has taken place. A young woman has been murdered – the key questions are the ones you articulate:

How do we proceed from here as a society, for those of us who are men how do we proceed?

What are the changes necessary to make sure that any woman, or person, can feel safe?

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WorldbyStorm - January 14, 2022
2. tomasoflatharta - January 14, 2022
3. Jim Monaghan - January 14, 2022

Thinking of Murder of Raonaid Murray who died near me.

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4. tomasoflatharta - January 15, 2022
5. Crocodileshoes - January 15, 2022

Possibly it should wait for the ‘stupid statements’ thread, but Breda O ‘Brien’s Saturday column about the pandemic treatment of teachers by politicians and her media colleagues is right on point. I disagree with what she has to say on practically every other topic, but this is excellent.

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WorldbyStorm - January 15, 2022

I thought so too.


6. sonofstan - January 18, 2022
7. tomasoflatharta - January 18, 2022
8. yourcousin - January 19, 2022
sonofstan - January 19, 2022

Couldn’t believe it to begin with – dropped in the middle of PMQ where Big Dog was reeling a bit.


WorldbyStorm - January 19, 2022

Great news. That is genuinely good news. I am very pleased. The degradation of UK politics under the Tories halts momentarily.


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