Irish Blog Whacked

Wednesday, October 16, 2013



I couldn't help but notice, the difference in one of Ayman Al Gilmore's old parties alternative budget and his government's budget today. He is obviously a me feiner, riding the Irish working class and feeding off old comrades wounds but then that's the story of Ireland, isn't it? The Labour party have no shame have they? They are an obvious gang of fatbarsturds, who people are stupid enough to vote for and are prime meat for a revolution! Anyway here's a summary:

"Executive Summary:

* Due to the failed ideology and failed politics of this government the Irish people, through the Irish Parliament, are no longer free to construct our own budget without big brother IMF/ECB/European Commission dictating.

* As 2/3 of the budget deficit is the result of the bank bailout we must ensure that this never happens again and demand a referendum to place the public good above the rights of private profit.. 

* Job creation is our central demand – We cannot shrink our way out of this recession.

* The expansion of our state companies is the central plank of our jobs policy

* The nationalisation of our oil and gas and the creation of a State Energy Company is a further step to energy security and long term employment.

* The utilisation of the NBRF to act as a National Employment Investment Fund – to be administered on a commercial basis.

* No reduction in old age or disability pensions or in unemployment benefit / allowance.

* Reverse the cuts in carers’ allowances and conditions

* An equitable tax system.

* A third tax band of 50% to be introduced. The threshold would be set at the level of 250% of the Average Industrial Wage.

* An end to the “Tax fugitive” system 

* Introduction of a wealth tax

* Eliminate all non-productive tax allowances and eliminate al tax allowances that are a direct or indirect subsidy to the private sector.

* Oppose residential property tax or Service charges.

* Maintain funding to our public health and education system – end funding to private health and education.

* Completely separate the private and public health system.

* De-bureaucratise the HSE

* End the scandal of a €0.5 billion annual subsidy to private landlords – invest the money in public sector housing.

* Upgrade our private housing stock through a subsidised insulation scheme

* Modernise our water network

* State supervised scheme of re-negotiated mortgage terms for family homes in negative equity and mortgage difficulty."

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


Loyalist Belfast Telegraph;

"Give it a f***ing rest and grow up!" -- that's the message from West Brit, Bob Geldof to peace process critics and dissidents in Northern Ireland.

The ever-colourful and controversial rock singer turned Third World and environmental campaigner is back inBelfast this week.
His band The Boomtown Rats has reformed for a 17-date British Isles tour which kicked off in Dublin last weekend and they hit the Ulster Hall on Friday.
And Bob -- who sang his way to the top of the UK charts with Rat Trap and I Don't Like Mondays -- has castigated those in Northern Irelandwho are "harping on about the past".
Asked if he takes a continuing interest in Northern Ireland affairs, Bob said "of course".
"If you talk to me about the difference between the time when the Rats first showed up in the north in 1979 and when we show up this week, it is a world away.
"For those who keep harping on about the past and those tired old mythologies -- give it a f***ing rest and grow up like the rest of the place seems to have done.
"The peace agreement was one of the greatest moments of my life. I actually have a framed copy of the signed thing by everyone."
Bob has fond memories of Belfast as the city played host to the Rats when they were banned by their home city of Dublin -- where they were labelled as "licentious festering reprobates".
"The gigs in Belfast were heroic. It was just a fantastic crowd.
"I remember talking to Phil Lynott about it and we both agreed that given the choice of gigs, it was Belfast for us. And we are playing the Ulster Hall again. I just hope they have improved the bloody sound this time!"
* Tickets for The Boomtown Rats at the Ulster Hall are £30 -- from Ticketmaster outlets.
* You can read more about Bob Geldof becoming the first Irishman in space, why he will never write another autobiography and why he believes the world could end by 2030 in next week's Sunday Life.

Thursday, October 10, 2013


They are all twats.

Moon-faced public schoolboys who still  believe

 in all the old shite that their privilged class 

have for ever. The only difference between 

Cameron and orangemen is that he has been

 told he’s not actually allowed to say nasty 

bigoted objectionable things as they; so he says

 fluffy crap that means nothing, still screwing

both countries though, oh sorry – that’s  the 

labour parties in both, i forgot, or (this bit

unavailable due to cuts – please make up your

 own incredible excuse here)

Monday, October 7, 2013


Eamon Gilmore

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Eamon Gilmore

Assumed office
9 March 2011
Preceded by Mary Coughlan
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade
Assumed office
9 March 2011
Preceded by Brian Cowen (Foreign Affairs)
Mary Hanafin (Enterprise, Trade and Innovation)
Leader of the Labour Party
Assumed office
6 September 2007
Deputy Joan Burton
Preceded by Pat Rabbitte
Minister of State at the
Department of the Marine
In office
20 December 1994 – 26 June 1997
Preceded by Gerry O'Sullivan
Succeeded by Hugh Byrne
Teachta Dála
Assumed office
June 1989
Constituency Dún Laoghaire
Personal details
Born 24 April 1955 (age 58)
Caltra, County Galway, Ireland
Political party Labour Party (1999–present)
Other political
affiliations Workers' Party (1975–92)
Democratic Left (1992–99)
Spouse(s) Carol Hanney
Children 3
Alma mater University College, Galway

Eamon Gilmore (born 24 April 1955) is an Irish Labour Party politician. In theGovernment of Ireland, he holds the offices of Tánaiste (deputy prime minister) andMinister for Foreign Affairs and Trade.[1] He has been the Leader of the Labour Partysince September 2007. He has represented the constituency of Dún Laoghaire inDáil Éireann since 1989, firstly as a member of the Workers' Party of Ireland, later as a member of Democratic Left and most recently as a member of the Labour Party.[2]He served as a Minister of State at the Department of the Marine from 1994 until 1997 as part of the "Rainbow Coalition" during the Government of the 27th Dáil.

Born in County Galway, Gilmore graduated from University College Galway, becoming President of the Union of Students in Ireland. Later, as a trade unionorganiser, he entered local politics. As a Democratic Left TD, he was central in negotiating that party's merger with Labour. He was beaten by fellow former Democratic Left TD, Pat Rabbitte, in Labour's 2002 leadership election, and was instead appointed as the party's Environment, Housing and Local Government spokesperson. He was elected unopposed to the leadership in 2007.

At the 2011 general election, Gilmore led the Labour Party to its best ever performance with a record 37 seats. This saw Labour emerge as the second largest party in Ireland for the first time in its 99-year history. He went on to negotiate a programme for government with Fine Gael that saw the Labour party entergovernment for the first time since 1997 and Gilmore appointed as Tánaiste, with four other Labour TDs having seats at cabinet.

Contents [hide]
1 Early life and career
2 Personal life
3 Political career
4 Labour Party leader
5 Kilmore School controversy
6 2011 general election
7 Tánaiste 2011–present
7.1 Seanad election
7.2 Vatican
7.3 Presidential election
7.4 Croke Park Agreement
7.5 OSCE Chair
8 References
9 External links
Early life and career

Gilmore was born in Caltra, County Galway, in 1955 into a small farming family. When he was 14 months old his father died leaving his mother to run the mixed farm and raise Gilmore and his younger brother John.[3]

Gilmore’s primary education was received in Caltra in a small two teacher national school where he was taught through the medium of Irish. He is a fluent Irish speaker to this day. Following his sixth-year state primary exam, he qualified for a scholarship from Galway County Council which enabled him to attend secondary school. He entered Garbally College, Ballinasloe as a boarder in 1965.[4]

Availing of a third-level grant to fund his degree he went on to study psychology atUniversity College Galway (UCG). He was an active member of the Drama Society in university where his contemporaries were the theatre director Garry Hynes and actor Marie Mullen who both went on to found the Druid Theatre Company. He also took part in the university debating scene mainly through the Literary and Debating Society.[5]

A threat from the then cash strapped Psychology Department to scrap the psychology course altogether and transfer the students to University College Dublin propelled Gilmore towards student activism.[6]

He was elected class representative and later at the age of 18 served as President ofUCG Students' Union from July 1974 to June 1975. In 1975, towards the end of his term of office as President of the Student Union, he joined the UCG Republican Club, which was affiliated to Official Sinn Féin, subsequently "Sinn Féin the Workers’ Party" and later renamed the Workers' Party. In recent years he was accused of being evasive on the subject and trying to play down that he had joined the Official Republican Movement, stating that the party was in the process of becoming the Workers' Party at that time, I can't recall exactly the dates.[7] [8] Using both names, the Workers' Party's links with the proscribed paramilitaryorganisation the Official Irish Republican Army throughout the 1970s is well established.[9]

From 1976 until 1978 he served as President of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI).[10] Together with Charles Clarke (former British Home Secretary) who was President of the National Union of Students in Britain, he worked within a structure which served to unify the student's movement in Northern Ireland during the troubles. Other achievements during his tenure included increasing student grants and securing the right for students to work during the summer months.

Prior to establishing a career in politics, Gilmore served as a trade union organiser. He joined the Irish Transport & General Workers’ Union (now SIPTU) in 1978 and, after brief spells in Dublin No. 4 (Hotels & Catering) and Dublin No. 14 (Engineering) Branches, was rapidly promoted to become Acting Secretary of the Galway Branch (1978–79), Secretary of Tralee Branch (1979–81), and of the Professional & Managerial Staffs Branch (1981–89). He was heavily involved in organising tax protests in Galway and resisting redundancies and closures in Kerry.[11]

Gilmore has described the driving factors which has informed his working life whether as a trade union officer or public representative. “I like advocating. I love to share in the joy people get out of cracking it, getting the job or getting some right they should have. I get huge satisfaction out of working for improvements and seeing those come through”.[12]
Personal life

While at university he met his wife Carol. The couple has lived in Shankill, Dublin since 1979 and have two sons and one daughter.[3] His brother John is a television producer in Washington DC.[13]

Outside of politics he prefers to spend his time cooking, reading and attending sports matches, especially those featuring Galway’s Senior Hurling and Football teams.

A book, Leading Lights: People Who've Inspired Me, written by Gilmore was published by Liberties Press in November 2010.[14][15]

When questioned on the Today with Pat Kenny programme if Ireland was ready for an atheist Taoiseach, he said that he believed Ireland was a very tolerant country where the rights and beliefs of individuals were respected.[16][17] Gilmore has described himself as an agnostic: "I doubt rather than I believe, let me put it that way".[18] In the same interview, when asked "Should abortion be legalised?", he replied "I'm pro-choice.".
Political career

Gilmore was elected to Dún Laoghaire Borough Council and also to Dublin County Council on 22 June 1985. He was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1989 general election as a member of the Workers' Party for the constituency of Dún Laoghaire, and has been re-elected at every subsequent general election.[19]

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, he was linked with Proinsias De Rossa in attempting to jettison some of the Workers' Party's Marxist aspect and the party towards an acceptance of free market economics.[20] Secondly, media accusations had once again surfaced regarding the continued existence of the Official IRA who, it was alleged, remained armed and involved in fund-raising robberies, money laundering and other forms of criminality.[21]

In an attempt to address these issues Gilmore and De Rossa along with their supporters sought to distance themselves from alleged paramilitary activity at a special Árd Fheis held at Dún Laoghaire in on 15 February 1992. A motion proposed by De Rossa and General Secretary Des Geraghty sought to stand down the existing membership, elect an 11 member provisional executive council and make several other significant changes in party structures was defeated.[22] The following day at an Ard Chomhairle meeting, Gilmore resigned from the Workers' Party and joined with Proinsias De Rossa and five other Workers' Party TDs to create a new political party Democratic Left (originally known as New Agenda).

In the 'Rainbow Coalition', between 1994 and 1997, Gilmore served as Minister of State at the Department of the Marine where he is credited for overseeing major reform in port ownership, investment in port development, banning nuclear vessels from Irish seas and restricting dumping at sea.[citation needed]

With Labour's Brendan Howlin, Gilmore was a central figure in the negotiations that led to the merger of Democratic Left with the Labour Party in 1999 under the Leadership of Ruairi Quinn.[23]

After Quinn's resignation in 2002, Gilmore unsuccessfully contested the Leadership won by former student union and political colleague Pat Rabbitte.

From 2002 to 2007 he sat on the Labour Party front bench as Environment, Housing and Local Government Spokesperson.
Labour Party leader

Following Pat Rabbitte's resignation as party leader in August 2007, Gilmore announced his candidacy for the leadership. He received support from senior figures such as Michael D. Higgins, Ruairi Quinn, Willie Penrose, Liz McManus and Emmet Stagg, and did not have to contest a ballot, being formally confirmed as leader on 6 September after being the only declared candidate.[24] He is the tenth leader of the Labour Party.

From early on in his Leadership Gilmore insisted that Labour should aspire to lead the next Government and set about building Labour as a third option for voters.[18] At the local elections of 5 June 2009, the Labour Party added to its total of council seats, with 132 seats won (a gain of 31) and by July 2010 had gained an additional six seats from councillors joining the party since the election. On Dublin City Council, the party was again the largest party, but now with more seats than the two other main parties combined.

Though in favour of the 2008 first Lisbon Treaty referendum, when it was lost he declared that the "Lisbon Treaty is dead" and publicly opposed a second referendum being held. According to a wikileaks cable released in 2011, he told the US ambassador privately that he would support a second referendum. The ambasador reported that: "He explained his public posture of opposition to a second referendum as 'politically necessary' for the time being".[25] In 2009 the Lisbon Treaty proposal was passed by the Twenty-eighth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland.

At the 2009 European Parliament election held on the same day, the Labour Party increased its number of seats from 1 to 3, retaining the seat of Proinsias De Rossa in the Dublin constituency, while gaining seats in the East constituency with Nessa Childers, and in the South constituency with Alan Kelly.[26]

In September 2009 at the Labour Parliamentary Party Meeting in Waterford the Labour leader, reiterating what he had said in earlier interviews, categorically ruled out a coalition with Fianna Fáil when a Government is formed after the next General Election.[27]

At his Leader’s address to the 2010 Labour Party Conference (17 April 2010) Gilmore reinforced his vision that the Party should lead the way in building ‘One Ireland’. One ireland is based on the idea that by working together we can get the country back on track and restore our economy, our prosperity and our society. In this speech he named the Labour Party’s policy priorities as being Jobs, Reform and Fairness. He also stated his determination that at the coming general election the Labour Party will run enough candidates, to enable the Irish people to make Labour the largest party in the next Dáil and to lead the next Government .[28]

In July 2010 Gilmore again ruled out a coalition between his party and Fianna Fáil after the next general election even if he were in a position to become taoiseach. Gilmore has also predicted his party is well-positioned to win at least a seat in each of the country's 43 constituencies and two in some constituencies in Dublin, Cork, other urban areas and commuter-belt counties. In all, he said the party has the potential to win 50 seats or more.[29]
Kilmore School controversy

The Irish Independent reported in November 2010 that Gilmore's wife had profited from the sale two and a half acre unzoned site that has the benefit of planning permission for a school obtained by a third party.

In an RTÉ Radio One interview Gilmore denied that the media coverage surrounding the sale by his wife of land for a Galway school was embarrassing for him. “This is land Carol inherited from her late mother. She was approached by the board of management of the school to make the site available. It was publicly advertised by the OPW and independently valued," he said[30]

There is no allegation of wrongdoing by Gilmore or his wife. TDs do not have to declare spouses' interests as only sitting offices holders such as ministers have to declare their spouse interests. A spokesperson for the Department of Education is quoted in the Irish Times as having said “The department has no reason to consider there was anything abnormal about the transaction concerned.”[31]
2011 general election

At the 2011 general election, Senator Ivana Bacik was Gilmore's running mate in the Dun Laoghaire constituency. Gilmore topped the poll but Bacik was not elected.

In February 2011 Gilmore said the Government's decision to postpone injecting a further €10 billion into the banks until after the election shows the bailout deal must be renegotiated. Minister for Finance Brian Lenihanpostponed injecting a further €10 billion into the banks until after the election – missing a key deadline under the EU-IMF bailout. "I find it quite amazing that a Fianna Fáil government, that tells us that we can't renegotiate the IMF deal, can unilaterally take one portion of the deal and decide they are going to postpone implementing it because there happens to be an election," he said.[32]

Gilmore led Labour to the best electoral performance in the party's 99-year history at the 2011 general election. The party won 37 seats, its most ever. It did especially well in Dublin, taking 18 seats to become the largest party in the capital.
Tánaiste 2011–present

Following the election, Labour opened coalition talks with Fine Gael, which became the biggest party in the Dáil for the first time ever. On 5 March, the two parties agreed to form a coalition government—the seventh time the two parties will govern together. Gilmore became Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade.[1] He went on to appoint four other Ministers to the Cabinet, six Junior Ministers and Máire Whelan as Attorney General. Gilmore has also recreated the Office of the Tánaiste within theDepartment of the Taoiseach to enhance his control over Government policy.[33] This office was originally created under TánaisteDick Spring in 1992 but was abolished by his successor Mary Harney.[34]
Seanad election

In the following election to Seanad Éireann, 9 Labour Party Senators were elected. Gilmore went on to appoint 3 other Labour Senators giving the Labour Party its highest ever membership of the Seanad, at 12, and its largest Parliamentary Party(TDs, Senators, MEPs) at 52.

Gilmore also appointed Katherine Zappone, a human rights and LGBT campaigner, to the Seanad. Though a Labour Party member she sits as an Independent and is Ireland's first Lesbian Senator.

On 13 July 2011 the Cloyne Report was published, detailing the investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse by 19 priests in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cloyne. Among the report's findings were the revelation that the vast majority of allegations made in the diocese were not reported to the Garda, as required by the Church's 1996 guidelines; that the Bishop of the Diocese,John Magee, and others had withheld full cooperation with the Government's investigation and had deliberately misrepresented his own response to the allegations; and that the Vatican itself had both refused to cooperate in the investigation and counseled the Diocese that the 1996 guidelines were not binding.

On 18 July 2011 Gilmore condemned the Church's handling of the crisis and called on the Papal Nuncio to explain the Vatican's role. Following this criticism the Church withdrew its Papal Nuncio form Ireland as international news outlets reported on the unprecedented nature of the Government's criticism of the Catholic Church.[35] Gilmore later claimed the Church did not understand the anger the Irish people felt.[36]

On 3 November 2011 Gilmore announced that Ireland would close its embassy in the Vatican, along with the embassy in Tehran and a representative office in East-Timor, and that the Irish ambassador to the Holy See would reside not in Rome but in Ireland.[37]

Gilmore said the "decision follows a review of overseas missions carried out by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade which gave particular attention to the economic return from bilateral missions". "In order to meet its targets under the EU-IMF programme and to restore public expenditure to sustainable levels, the Government has been obliged to implement cuts across a wide range of public services. No area of Government expenditure can be immune from the need to implement savings."[38]
Presidential election

In October 2011 the Labour Party's President and candidate, Michael D. Higgins was elected as the ninth President of Ireland. As a student Gilmore personally canvassed for Higgins in the 1969 election. Following the election Gilmore praised Higgins' contribution to Irish politics and cited that he would be a president for all people not just Labour Party supporters.[39]

On the same day, Labour's Patrick Nulty won the Dublin West by-election, making the Labour Party the first government party in Ireland to win a by-election since 1982. Though Gilmore's Government also lost the Referendum on Oireachtas inquiries the day was seen as a political boost for the Labour Party in government.
Croke Park Agreement

In December, Gilmore once again put his support behind the Croke Park Deal on Public Sector pay and conditions. The dismissal of a renegotiation of the deal came in light of Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte's comments that the deal could be renegotiated along with calls from junior Fine Gael TDs that the agreement should be scrapped.[40]
OSCE Chair

On 1 January 2012, Ireland assumed the 2012 chair of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OCSE) for the first time. In his role as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Gilmore serves as the Chairman-in-Office of the OSCE. Gilmore said Ireland would be committed to "promoting peace, security and respect for human rights and rule of law" and draw on its experience from Northern Ireland to enhance to OSCE's role in conflict prevention. Gilmore is expected to present Ireland's priorities to the organisation's permanent council on 12 January 2012.[41]

^ Jump up to:a b "Eamon Gilmore set for Foreign Affairs". RTÉ News. 8 March 2011.
Jump up^ "Mr. Eamon Gilmore". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 19 June 2009.
^ Jump up to:a b Butler, Kate, Sunday Times Home Ireland Magazine. Time and Place Eamon Gilmore. 16 March 2008.
Jump up^ Kelly, Ken, Connacht Tribune. Gilmore back on familiar turf for Garbally return. 4 June 2010.
Jump up^ McGarry, Patsy, Cois Coirbe Memory Lane. Alumni Office NUI Galway, 2008.
Jump up^ Irish Daily Mail. The Accidental TD. 7 September 2007.
Jump up^ Eamon Gilmore interviewed on the 'Marian Finucane Show' on RTE Radio One, October 2010.
Jump up^ "Irish Labour leader evasive on former links with Sinn Fein". Belfast Telegraph. 6 October 2010.
Jump up^ Brian Hanley and Scott Millar, The Story of the Official IRA and the Workers' Party, (2009).
Jump up^ McDonald, Brian; Kelly, Fiach (1 November 2010). "How power couple rose to pole position in public life". Irish Independent.
Jump up^ Devine, Francis, Organising History, A Centenary in Siptu’. Gill and McMillan, 2009.
Jump up^ Crowley, Niall (9 July 2010). "Interview Eamon Gilmore – Equality for the Majority". The Village.
Jump up^ Calder, John (10 July 2010). "Larry King". The Marian Finucane Show, RTE Radio One.
Jump up^ Walsh, Caroline (25 September 2010). "Loose Leaves – Eamon Gilmore's book of inspiration in the pipeline". The Irish Times.
Jump up^ "Thatcher influenced Gilmore". The Irish Times. 25 November 2010. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
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Jump up^ "Gilmore declared new Labour leader". RTÉ News. 6 September 2007.
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Jump up^ "One Ireland: Gilmore addresses Labour Conference". Labour Party. 17 April 2010.
Jump up^ "Gilmore rules out FF coalition". The Irish Times. 21 July 2010.
Jump up^ "Gilmore defends wife's sale of €525,000 site for school". The Irish Times. 5 November 2010.
Jump up^ "Gilmore had 'no involvement' in wife's property deal with State". The Irish Times. 3 November 2010.
Jump up^ "Gilmore argues bailout terms must be renegotiated". The Irish Times. 10 February 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
Jump up^ Fitzgerald, Mary (13 July 2011). "Kenny appoints second secretary general". The Irish Times.
Jump up^ Sheahan, Fionnan (18 July 2011). "Gilmore gains more say over policy as he expands his role". Irish Independent.
Jump up^ Taylor, Charlie (21 July 2011). "Reaction to Kenny's Cloyne speech". The Irish Times.
Jump up^ "Vatican missed the point on abuse anger, says Gilmore". Irish Examiner. 6 September 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
Jump up^ "Irish embassy to the Vatican to be closed". RTÉ News. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 3 November 2011.
Jump up^ "Vatican embassy to close". The Irish Times. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
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Jump up^ Minihan, Mary; Carr, Aoife (12 December 2011). "Coalition not trying to 'unpick' deal". The Irish Times.
Jump up^ Fitzgerald, Mary (2 January 2012). "Ireland takes over chair of OSCE". The Irish Times.
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Sunday, October 6, 2013


A few weeks ago Eamon Gilmore the Irish foreign Minister was campaigning around the world for an invasion of Syria like his mentor Tony Blair did with Iraq. How can this happen? This can be when you have the media, the Church, big business, the banks and many people in the community who are either pro-war, don't care, or suck-up everything these establishment groups and Labour fatbarsturds tell them. As long as the bourgeoisie feel comfortable, people in poor countries can starve, thousands of other people in other countries can be murdered in war, and the Western world can plunder the rest for geo-political advantage and resources.
Until we have co-ordinated action by the victims of these things and those who desperately want to help them - that will be the way it goes. 

Vive la Revolution.

The Party Game is Over. Stand and Fight

By John Pilger
"Rise like lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number!
Shake your chains to earth, like dew
Which in sleep had fall'n on you:
Ye are many - they are few."
October 05, 2013 "Information Clearing House - These days, the stirring lines of Percy Shelley's "Mask of Anarchy" may seem unattainable. I don't think so. Shelley was both a Romantic and political truth-teller. His words resonate now because only one political course is left to those who are disenfranchised and whose ruin is announced on a government spreadsheet.

Born of the "never again" spirit of 1945, social democracy has surrendered to an extreme political cult of money worship. This reached its apogee when £1trn of public money was handed unconditionally to corrupt banks by a Labour government whose leader, Gordon Brown, had previously described "financiers" as the nation's "great example" and his personal "inspiration".

This is not to say parliamentary politics is meaningless. It has one meaning now: the replacement of democracy with a business plan for every human activity, every dream, every decency, every hope, every child born.

The old myths of British rectitude, imperial in origin, provided false comfort while the Blair gang built the foundation of the present "coalition". This is led by a former PR man for an asset stripper and by a bagman who will inherit his knighthood and the tax-shielded fortune of his father, the 17th Baronet of Ballintaylor. David Cameron and George Osborne are essentially fossilised spivs who, in colonial times, would have been sent by their daddies to claim foreign terrain and plunder.

Today, they are claiming 21st-century Britain and imposing their vicious, antique ideology, albeit served as economic snake oil. Their designs have nothing to do with a "deficit crisis". A deficit of 10 per cent is not remotely a crisis. When Britain was officially bankrupt at the end of the Second World War, the government built its greatest public institutions, such as the National Health Service and the arts edifices of London's South Bank.

There is no economic rationale for the assault described cravenly by the BBC as a "public spending review". The debt is exclusively the responsibility of those who incurred it, the super-rich and the gamblers. However, that's beside the point. What is happening in Britain is the seizure of an opportunity to destroy the tenuous humanity of the modern state. It is a coup, a "shock doctrine" as applied to Pinochet's Chile and Yeltsin's Russia.

In Britain, there is no need for tanks in the streets. In its managerial indifference to the freedoms it is said to hold dear, bourgeois Britain has allowed parliament to create a surveillance state with 3,000 new criminal offences and laws: more than for the whole of the previous century. Powers of arrest and detention have never been greater. The police have the impunity to kill; and asylum-seekers can be "restrained" to death on commercial flights.

Athol Fugard is right. With Harold Pinter gone, no acclaimed writer or artist dare depart from their well-remunerated vanity. With so much in need of saying, they have nothing to say. Liberalism, the vainest ideology, has hauled up its ladder. The chief opportunist, Nick Clegg, gave no electoral hint of his odious faction's compliance with the dismantling of much of British postwar society. The theft of £83bn in jobs and services matches almost exactly the amount of tax legally avoided by piratical corporations. Without fanfare, the super-rich have been assured they can dodge up to £40bn in tax payments in the secrecy of Swiss banks. The day this was sewn up, Osborne attacked those who "cheat" the welfare system. He omitted the real amount lost, a minuscule £0.5bn, and that £10.5bn in benefit payments was not claimed at all. Labour is his silent partner.

The propaganda arm in the press and broadcasting dutifully presents this as unfortunate but necessary. Mark how the firefighters' action is "covered". On Channel 4 News, following an item that portrayed modest, courageous people as basically reckless, Jon Snow demanded that the leaders of the London Fire Authority and the Fire Brigades Union go straight from the studio and "mediate" now, this minute. "I'll get the taxis!" he declared. Forget the thousands of jobs that are to be eliminated from the fire service and the public danger beyond Bonfire Night; knock their jolly heads together. "Good stuff!" said the presenter.

Ken Loach's 1983 documentary series Questions of Leadership opens with a sequence of earnest young trade unionists on platforms, exhorting the masses. They are then shown older, florid, self-satisfied and finally adorned in the ermine of the House of Lords. Once, at a Durham Miners' Gala, I asked Tony Woodley, now joint general secretary of Unite, "Isn't the problem the clockwork collaboration of the union leadership?" He almost agreed, implying that the rise of bloods like himself would change that. The British Airways cabin crew strike, over which Woodley presides, is said to have made gains. Has it? And why haven't the unions risen against totalitarian laws that place free trade unionism in a vice?

The BA workers, the firefighters, the council workers, the post office workers, the NHS workers, the London Underground staff, the teachers, the lecturers, the students can more than match the French if they are resolute and imaginative, forging, with the wider social justice movement, potentially the greatest popular resistance ever. Look at the web; listen to the public's support at fire stations. There is no other way now. Direct action. Civil disobedience. Unerring. Read Shelley and do it.

Saturday, October 5, 2013


Newry people survey the damage in the Town centre on the morning of Internment when many Civil Rights activists were taken from their homes.

Newry people survey the damage in the town centre on the morning of Internment when many Civil Rights activists were taken from their homes.
British troops clear a Civil Rights barricade in Newry centre.

Taking part in a massive civil rights parade following Bloody Sunday.

Taking part in a massive civil rights parade following Bloody Sunday.< Back to Index
British Army tank on Margaret Square

The British Army on Margaret Square after Bloody Sunday
  • This activity is in every sense non-republican and counter revolutionary. Republicans of all hues need to stick together, as much as is possible in the same sense as the Labour party has many different shades of red and other more radical parties within its ranks. British sinn fein are where they are now, as a direct result of the ultimate sacrifices and hard work of previous generations of traditional Irish republicans most of whom were interned like Stephen at one time or another. Stephen comes from a traditional Irish republican family with a noble history so does Conor Murphy, this simply makes no sense what so ever!

    This divisive activity is playing into the Brits hands. Stephen Murney is a victim of British neo-colonial repression in Ireland. The Unionists may have serious divisions among themselves but at the end of the day they know when to keep their powder dry and will always stick together that is why they are able to dominate. A delegation on behalf of Stephen Murney needs to visit Conor Murphy's clinic and discuss this with him and take notes with a view to as much unity as is possible.

    At the end of the day we are all Irish and claim to be republican.The British have worked night and day fro 800 years to divide us and have us at each other's throats. Ii is time to be smarter, put our ego's to one side and look for the common ground we have without surrendering long term principles.Those who engage in this activity need to remember, the street is always watching and does not forget!

    Is mise le meas,


    brian clarke, former chairperson of Newry sinn fein