The Labour Party
were heroes of the fight to separate church and state in the 1970s-90s.
I certainly like their secular, civil liberties side.
Minister for Health,
passed perhaps the greatest achievement of the Irish left in my lifetime,
Health (Family Planning) (Amendment) Act, Mar 1985,
that legalised contraception for single people.
I will forever be grateful to him and Labour for this.
So I like Labour on issues like sexuality, religion and civil liberties.
And, during the 1990s Celtic Tiger boom,
they looked like following the lead of Blair's New Labour in the UK
in becoming pro-business
and even (under Clinton) pro-American.
Sadly, out of office after 1997,
their anti-American and anti-capitalist side has made a comeback:
These former Workers Party members have all been on a journey
away from their pro-Soviet past, but they haven't travelled far enough for me.
It was a sad day when Labour merged with them.
Labour's foreign affairs spokesman is the anti-American, anti-Israel
Michael D. Higgins.
The Iraq War of 2003 was the defining moment when they split with
Blair's New Labour and chose a different route.
If Labour want my vote, they need to reverse this decline
and return to following the lead of Blair.
joined the radical pro-republican terror and pro-Soviet
Official Sinn Féin in 1975.
This became Sinn Féin The Workers Party in 1977,
and then became the (still pro-Soviet)
Workers Party in 1982.
was President of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) from
1976 to 1978.
He led the USI delegation to the communist
World Festival of Youth and Students
in Cuba in 1978.
See Irish Times, International Edition, 1 Jan 2011.
Labour opposed the liberation of Iraq in 2003.
And ever since liberation, they have called for immediate withdrawal of the
trying to set up democracy in Iraq.
This moral vacuum on Iraq
.. why won't the Irish left
support those trying to rebuild after Saddam?,
Henry McDonald, March 7, 2004,
on the pathetic Irish left-wing silence about
- and even support for - the fascist Iraq
In the face of a fascist assault on the people of Iraq,
the Irish Labour Party is silent.
"the mainstream, rational left has
surrendered the agenda to the Trots and Stalinists.
.. not a single voice
in the Irish Labour Party spoke out
in favour of their comrades in the Iraqi
Socialist Party who supported the War".
There was no Irish Tony Blair, and
"There were no Irish equivalents of the courageous Welsh Labour MP Ann
The Iraq War is a historic low moment for the Irish Labour Party.
Labour's sick tribute to Arafat
after his death in Nov 2004
mentions nothing about Arafat's many deliberate killings of civilians.
And "his alleged autocratic style of leadership"
is as close as they get to referring to
the fact that
Arafat was an
unelected dictator, who could have set up a democracy with political parties
and a free press, but chose not to.
Aren't Labour meant to be against dictators,
not apologists for them.
Michael D. Higgins represents the standard anti-American, anti-Israel,
party line on the Middle East.
But there is dissent.
Alex White, 5 Nov 2008, hopes that Obama's election means:
"the end of the Reagan era, an end to the neo-liberal model of capitalism, which was fostered by President Reagan and Margaret Thatcher and which has its apostles in this country".
In other words, he's against the very ideas that have brought
prosperity to Ireland!
He also sneers that:
"we now have the prospect that the US will again become a force for good."
As if Ireland has toppled any dictatorships recently (or ever).
A Sunday Independent poll in Feb 2004
of Ireland's top chief
asked them which was the best party for business.
This is a stunning decline for
Fine Gael and Labour.
Business people think that
Fine Gael and Labour
are no longer credible
managers of the economy.
It doesn't have to be this way.
In a poll
of UK business leaders,
Blair's Labour might or might not be top
but there is no way it
would stand at just 1 percent.
Sunday Independent poll
of Irish chief executives, Apr 2006.
Which party is best for business?
51 percent FF.
39 percent PD.
10 percent FG.
The youth wing of the Labour Party
sabotage attacks on allied equipment
in the War on Islamism:
"Labour Youth supports
the protest of the Derry Anti-War Coalition. Rather than anti war
protestors being charged and brought to court Raytheon should instead be
put on trial for supplying components of death to the Israeli State.
We are calling for and supporting
non-violent occupation of all weapons manufacturers that supply arms to
the Israeli Military."
And this support for sabotage
appears on Labour's
even in 2007,
"ongoing illegal and criminal occupation of Iraq by the US government",
refer to the
"ongoing criminal, illegal and immoral activities perpetrated on a daily basis by the US government in Iraq",
and call for Ireland to refuse the US military access to Shannon.
What planet are they living on?
Labour Youth, Oct 2007,
openly supports third-world strongman thug
About Chavez's Venezuela, they say:
"Conference resolutely believes: That this is an example of twenty first century socialism, and that it is a socio-economic model that is worth aspiring to.
Conference welcomes: The attempts by President Hugo Chavez to initiate the economic transition from a Capitalist state to a Socialist state, which is to be brought about democratically".
I suppose tyranny and poverty are alright for foreigners, just not for Ireland.
A popular myth: "Ireland is dominated by Civil War politics".
FF and FG combined persistently get about
60-70 percent of the vote.
As a result, there has never been in Ireland a clear left-right divide,
but rather a competition between FF and allies, and FG and allies.
A popular myth on the left is that Ireland votes for FF and FG
because of their positions in the Civil War,
and that people just vote the way their family has always voted,
without thinking about it.
That most voting is inherited, not reasoned,
as one snotty letter writer
in the Irish Times in 2007 put it.
Could anything better show the contempt of intellectual elites
for the people of Ireland?
Do they really think people around the country don't think about their vote?
The sad truth for the left is that most Irish people are not left-wing,
and want a choice between two sensible, fairly conservative parties.
And there is no sign of that changing.
The Irish people's support for FF and FG represents reason and long thought, not unthinking
inheritance and tradition.
One can certainly see why the left would resist such a conclusion.
co-founder of the Irish Labour Party in 1912,
was sympathetic to
and tried to get him asylum in Ireland in 1930.
The Green Party's
to the Jew-killing dictator
Yasser Arafat, 11th November 2004:
"Green Party Leader, Trevor Sargent TD, said today that Yasser Arafat ...
would always be remembered as a symbol of the Palestinian people, a symbol of unity, and steadfastness in their struggle for international recognition as an independent state."
Ciarán Cuffe calls for sanctions against the democracy of Israel, Jan 2009.
Greens AWOL on Iraq:
Why the silence on the Marsh Arabs?, Paul Kengor & Cory Shreckengost, June 24, 2003,
point out that many of the West's enemies - from the Soviets to Saddam
- destroy their countries' environments as easily as they destroy their
"If anything, the environmental movement should thank the Bush administration for liberating the environment from the tyrannical activity of an oppressive eco-dictator. ...
But don't expect an announcement from Greenpeace anytime soon."
John Gormley in the Dail, 10 November 2004
- "I do not welcome President Bush's re-election.
I would have preferred John Kerry
to have been elected."
Well, all I can say is
Ha ha ha ha!
Green Party statement on Sustainable Farming, 2008,
It supports a policy in agriculture for vets to use homeopathy!
"Develop responsible use of homeopathy,
e.g. develop a national network of trained vets; provide training courses for interested farmers."
The Socialist Party
Lenin and Trotsky,
who killed 4 million people
- in mass executions, death camps, and state-caused famine.
This is the equivalent of a party that admires Hitler and Eichmann
participating in democratic politics.
Joe Higgins in the Dail, 10 Nov 2004:
"Is the Government saying it shares the values of an administration
that has built a gulag on its own doorstep in Guantanamo
whose methods would rival any of the infamous gulags built by the Stalinists
in eastern Europe in their heyday?"
No wonder the Socialist Party supports Lenin
- if they think the Lenin/Stalin gulags were only as bad as Guantanamo Bay.
Joe Higgins in the Dail, 4 May 2011, is unimpressed by the brave Navy Seal operation to kill Bin Laden:
"Did the Taoiseach not consider therefore that this assassination was no more than a naked political stunt to project military and political power which was slipping away from the US because of the actions of the Arab people?"
Higgins compares Tony Blair to Bin Laden.
He says that in the Iraq War:
"Tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis were killed."
Which is true. The Iraqi resistance killed them.
But he then outrageously says that the Allies killed them:
"The two figureheads of that invasion, Messrs Bush and Blair, were responsible for that. If a group of aggrieved relatives of those tens of thousands of dead mounted an assault on Mr. Blair's luxury compound, wherever that might be, would the Taoiseach equally justify that, because the same logic would apply."
I see no logic, other than that the crimes of A should be blamed on B.
Primarily blamed for jihad violence:
Bush. Blair. Secular liberal westerners. Capitalism.
Not primarily blamed for jihad violence:
Islam. Jihad. Sharia. Mosques. Muslim schools.
In fact, not jihad, but capitalism is to blame!
Beishon says we need
"an anti-capitalist programme ...
That programme would need to challenge and expose the self-interest and greed of all the pro-capitalist political and military leaders that are fighting for hegemony across Iraq today. It should explain the necessity of removing them from power and replacing them with democratically elected workers' representatives who will call for a socialist solution".
As if a single capitalist lives in Iraq.
Socialist Party promotes Lenin and the democidal Bolshevik regime.
"the 'October revolution' in Russia in 1917 is still regarded by socialists as the greatest event in human history.
Under the leadership of the Bolshevik Party, it brought into existence the first, and so far the only, workers-led government to hold power for any length of time.
This was the most democratic form of government ever embarked on."
And they are still not ashamed of this.
They openly say:
"We supported the Vietnamese people in their struggle against the barbarous American imperialist aggression
we have had as guests at our Annual Ard Fheis representatives from
the Palestinian Liberation Organisation,
Cuba, China, Korea, the former USSR and GDR"
Letter of 26 Feb 1989 from the Workers Party to East Germany,
admits they use "illegal" methods of fund-raising.
From Irish Times, 14 Jan 2013.
See 4 articles.
Even without the reference to "illegal" methods of fund-raising,
this letter is just disgusting, and condemns the Workers Party forever.
They were the George Galloways of the day - the toadies to dictators.
The Irish Workers' Party send a
toadying telegram to
East Germany in 1963
to congratulate East German leader
on his birthday.
It praises Ulbricht's "selfless life's work" for which "humankind will forever be thankful".
The Irish Workers' Party
also praised the building of the Berlin Wall.
The Irish Workers' Party
merged with others to form the Communist Party of Ireland (CPI) in 1970.
extensive links to East Germany
during the Cold War.
The CPI was the East German dictatorship's
primary partner in Ireland.
(The other main partner being the Workers Party.)
The CPI still openly
who killed 4 million people.
the fall of the brutal imperialist Soviet Union.
Again, it is amusing to read how
the hard left were appalled and depressed
by the events of 1989-91,
while the rest of us (i.e. all normal people) were celebrating.
"the world's smallest violin"
comes to mind as they describe how their faith was shattered
by the liberation of Eastern Europe.
"it was a gut-wrenching personal blow to my whole understanding of the world",
says Thomas Kenny.
"I reckon that many other people, including some perhaps in this room, were traumatised by 1991."
grew up in a free democratic society, yet
supported Stalin, the Soviet Union, communist Cuba and
communist North Vietnam.
The CPI openly admit:
"Michael O'Riordan was a defender of the Soviet Union throughout his life".
shows he supported East Germany and Cuba.
"I think he wasn't all bad, not compared with Hitler, Mussolini or Franco."
On the Irish economy:
"All the talk is about this damn Celtic Tiger. It is as if no one has realised this tiger is Asian and that it has already begun to collapse."
John Charles McQuaid, Archbishop of Dublin
denounced him from the pulpit.
"McQuaid informed them that voting for Red O'Riordan amounted to a mortal sin."
What a choice, but I'd have to say I'm with McQuaid.
The extreme-nationalist, extreme-left party
Sinn Fein is the political wing of
the violent terrorist group the IRA,
which has carried out large-scale bombings,
killed nearly 2000 people.
The peace process successfully
stopped the IRA's terrorist war against the British and the unionists.
In recent years the IRA has been involved in
armed robberies, hostage taking,
counterfeiting, smuggling, prostitution and
As part of these crime activities,
it has carried out
of rivals and other victims.
It has handed down punishments -
exile, maiming or execution
- without any right to a trial or defence.
SF-IRA, Ireland's most extremist party:
SF-IRA has extremist tribal politics, which have
to anyone in Northern Ireland
who is not Catholic.
"Why should I expect any different from a Tánaiste and a Government over this partial-parliament in this little semi-statelet over which he is presiding?"
The mask slips,
Sinn Fein TD
shows us what he thinks of the rich, successful Irish republic that he would
like to destroy.
Since Mary Robinson was elected to the largely-ceremonial position of
President of Ireland
the position of President
has become increasingly politicised.
Presidents now feel the need to deliver little homilies - like the bishops
or Prince Charles.
Invariably (as with the bishops and Prince Charles),
these homilies tend to be centre-left conventional wisdom.
But she achieved little at the
because she was not willing to stand with the democracies
against the non-democracies.
Instead she saw moral equivalence.
Mary Robinson after 9/11
shows her lack of support for the democracies.
In Sept 2001 in New York she said she was
"shocked at the extent of the strong feeling of hatred and aggression
towards those who look Arab or Asian".
Mary Robinson, Nov 2005, displays her typical moral equivalence:
"The Iraq war has weakened the moral authority of the United States and its allies to tackle the likes of China and Russia over their poor records on civil liberties, .. Mary Robinson said
"It's much harder now for President Bush in China to talk to China about human rights ... "Where's his credibility?""
Um, maybe because he runs a democracy with human rights, and China doesn't?
On the liberation of Iraq from Saddam, she said:
"the poor, beleaguered people of Iraq are not better off.""It was not a legitimate war".
President Mary McAleese's
trip to the Islamofascist state of Saudi Arabia
(where the state executes gay men and women), Feb 2006,
is a classic example of the uselessness of "official Ireland".
McAleese is not particularly left-wing, and neither is the government that approves her words.
Yet in front of an audience representing one of the most brutal, backward, bigoted,
apartheid states in the world,
she chose to state that the people of Ireland
"abhorred the publication"
Thus siding us with the Saudi religious fanatics against the modern, tolerant Danish.
"Can you imagine a President of Ireland visiting South Africa during apartheid
and saying nothing about oppression and forced segregation being wrong? Or comparing her past slight disadvantages
to an audience in which token, handpicked blacks were behind screens? Or justifying giving blacks more opportunities
simply on economic and cultural grounds? Or commenting blithely that the "feisty, determined" blacks she met
were delighted she had come to the country?"
"Our President is anxious that Muslims should not be offended, but in the last couple of weeks
she has grievously offended unionists, as well as the many Irish citizens who think we should be standing up
for the Danes and free speech, rather than caving into Islamo-fascist intimidation by saying
we all "abhorred" the publication of the cartoons."
Who I block on Twitter:
I will debate almost anyone.
I love ideas.
I will not debate (and will block) people who:
(a) target my job,
(b) target my appearance, or:
(c) libel me.
Also, since 2016, abusive reporting has become a thing.
I was targeted with abusive reporting by
an Israel-hater pretending to be "Jewish".
So I now also block:
(d) any account that even hints that it reports its enemies,
(e) any Israel-hater that claims to be Jewish.
It is just self-defence.