In Ireland right now, I would probably vote for some combination of:
With strong reservations.
I hate their position on Brexit and the EU.
I dislike what they say about Israel (but others are worse).
I am disappointed they have not reduced tax.
So with very strong reservations.
The ideas of the PDs made Ireland rich, and did more to end poverty in Ireland
than all the work of the left-wing parties
Indeed, Ireland's history seems to suggest that right-wing parties end poverty,
while left-wing, statist parties cause it.
Fianna Fail sensibly adopted the PDs' ideas on economics for a long time.
After they got rid of Ahern and McCreevy, though,
and the PDs dissolved,
FF started to drift, so it is hard to know what they stand for now.
They spent billions saving toxic banks that should be closed down.
Whatever this is, it is not capitalism.
On relations with America, FG and (especially) FF
may say some dodgy things about terror and war and US foreign policy,
but in practice
they have little interest in disturbing the "special relationship".
They are pragmatic parties that will not alienate our
western democratic allies
(Britain and America) in order to make some stupid point.
FF allowed America use Irish airports in the War on Islamism from 2001 onwards.
Some in FG criticised this, but of course they continued it when they got into power.
comments on an RTE TV program in
"I had the pleasure of watching John O'Donoghue, a government minister,
lambast a political opponent, John Bruton of Fine Gael, when Bruton demanded to know
whether there were any circumstances when the government would deny use of
Shannon. O'Donoghue told Bruton the government would not let Saddam Hussein use it."
Memo dated 5 Sept 2006 from US ambassador to Ireland, James C. Kenny,
to US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice.
He says the FF Government is
"supportive of continued U.S.
military transits at Shannon Airport ...
Irish Government has repeatedly defended U.S. interests in
the face of public criticism".
FF is tolerant of US problems:
inadvertent breaches of weapons and uniform policies .. are met with public and press scrutiny, but also
with Government understanding."
Use of the airport is good for the war effort, and good for Ireland:
"Shannon remains a key
transit point for U.S. troops and materiel bound for theaters
in the global war on terror, while yielding diplomatic
benefits for the Irish Government and significant revenues
for the airport and regional economy. ...
U.S. military access to Shannon Airport in western
Ireland is among the most tangible benefits of traditionally
strong U.S.-Irish relations."
After the Euro and the EU wrecked our economy,
if FF swung right and Eurosceptic, I might forgive them.
But instead they have swung left and Europhile.
FF are such Euro-fanatics that they self-righteously sacked
their only MEP,
in June 2014, because he likes Eurosceptics.
In Ireland, EU-worship is a religion
I think Bertie Ahern
is the best Taoiseach ever.
Far from perfect (e.g. on foreign policy).
But, I think, the best Ireland has had to date.
I blame Brian Cowen, not Ahern, for wrecking the Celtic Tiger by
bailing out the banks starting in Sept 2008.
Ahern was gone in May 2008.
Maybe he would have bailed out the banks.
Maybe he wouldn't.
But the fact is, he didn't.
Made Ireland rich.
Privatisation (especially of airlines and telecoms). Low tax.
Helped US and allies in War on Islamism (kept Shannon open).
Ended NI conflict.
Established power-sharing in NI.
Set up a democracy.
Defeated violent anti-Treaty forces.
Ended the 1916-23 violence.
Stabilised relations with Britain.
1922 constitution (much better than 1937 one).
Peacefully surrendered power when lost 1932 election.
only 10 countries in the world
have been democracies as long as Ireland.
Executions without trial in Civil War.
Crap economy. State monopolies. Sexual repression. Catholic Church rule.
Opposition to Falklands War.
And before he was in power:
Burnt Union Jack on VE-Day in 1945.
Doctor Death by Frank McGahon,
who sums up my views
about the pointlessness of
trying to "understand"
hallucinatory, hate-filled killers
of innocent women and children:
"a serial killer may have any kind of half-baked ludicrous "rationale"
for his murders.
Pehaps they were inspired by listening to a Beatles LP:
It is of little use in preventing future serial killers to examine
in minute detail the "reason"s
proferred by such a killer.
There will always be crazy people.
The first priority is to protect yourself
against crazy people.
Getting sucked into the crazy worldview is a very
good way of losing sight of that priority."
Jenny Tonge, Oct 2014, defends Hamas in the House of Lords.
"the propaganda coming out of the Israeli embassy now is to concentrate on Hamas, the so-called terrorists who of course many people in the Middle East see as freedom fighters
Hamas deserves the right to defend the people of Gaza
against the relentless blockade and helicopter gunships over
that area, targeting and killing so-called terrorists and, more often, many innocent civilians. The people of Gaza have a right to be defended".
Can't she be arrested for this speech?
Khatami receives honorary degree from Scottish University.
He is the first senior Iranian to visit Britain
since the 1979 revolution.
"It is disgusting that St. Andrews university is conferring an honor on this man,
he is responsible for more than 1,300 deaths during his presidency,"
said Maryam Namazie, of the Iranian Women's Liberation group.
"This regime was responsible for the oppression of people that I knew and loved."
Nick Clegg, Jan 2009,
calls on Britain and the EU to block arms sales to Israel.
works for Iranian state
Iran is a brutal dictatorship
that has helped and is helping
the killing of British soldiers
in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"Let me use this occasion to make one point absolutely clear. If the
terrorists hope they can gain their ends by perpetrating in Britain a similar
outrage to that in Spain, their wickedness will be in vain. Whatever my
disagreements with Tony Blair, any government that I lead will not flinch
in its determination to win the War against Terror, wherever it has to be
"The British Conservative Party has been consistent in its support for the
British Government, and for our armed forces, over the war in Iraq.
Indeed Tony Blair would not have won last year's vote in the House of
Commons .. which gave him the mandate to go to
war, without the support of the Conservative Party.
war against Iraq was necessary. It was just. It was, indeed, arguably
overdue. And, let us not forget, it was overwhelmingly successful"
"We won the Second World War because we fought side-by-side with
America. We won the Cold War because we stood side-by-side with
America. And we will win this war on terror if we wage it side-by-side
On Europe: "it is true that
there are some who see a European State as a partner of America. But
many have as their main motivation the desire to establish a rival pole of
power in Europe. If their views were to prevail many of the achievements
we value would be at risk. I shall do all I can to resist their ambitions."
He is pro-capitalist and pro-free trade,
and correctly links it all to helping the
He quotes Hernando de Soto.
Then I went off Howard:
Howard keeps being tempted to make capital from Blair's
troubles on Iraq, despite the fact that he agrees with Blair
and would have done the same.
This achieves nothing except
making the Tories look unreliable and unprincipled -
in contrast to
the honourable, principled Blair,
who many conservatives now admire.
Howard should start caring about Bush
- Mark Steyn on Howard's idiotic and unnecessary alienation of Bush
by trying to make capital over Iraq.
Or consider his unnecessary alienation of people like me.
I have never supported the Tories in my entire life.
I have actually voted for Blair (when I lived in the UK,
general election 1997).
I was just, after all these years, for the first time stumbling towards
the view that the Tories weren't so bad after all -
because they are strong on the defence of the west.
And Howard is telling me no, that's not true actually.
If you want really strong in defence of the west, vote Labour.
"Despite the great gaping nullity of the [Conservative] party this past decade,
there was still one thing it stood for: like the Republicans, the Tories were the party
that took foreign policy and national security seriously. That's what Howard threw away
when he chose to repudiate his own Iraq-war vote, accuse Blair of "dereliction of duty"
and demand his resignation."
"how stupid do you have to be to kick away the party's last remaining leg,
the one that still seems relevant to the world we live in? If the Conservatives
are no longer credible on foreign policy, what's left?"
"A new approach to foreign affairs - liberal conservatism",
Cameron's foreign policy speech, Sept 2006,
is somewhat mixed-message.
Pessimist Melanie Phillips
puts the most negative spin possible on it,
saying it looks like Cameron will cool things with America.
Bizarre Tory isolationist
(and, unlike Phillips, thinks that would be a good thing).
I suspect both of them are wrong.
I think Cameron is a neo-conservative, no matter what he says.
He's not afraid to say openly he agrees with much of neo-conservatism,
which hardly anyone in Europe says.
He then claims his is a slightly different form, and perhaps it is,
but not that different.
Cameron, Oct 2008, says he is not a neo-con.
"We should accept that we cannot impose democracy at the barrel of a gun; that we cannot drop democracy from 10,000 feet - and we shouldn't try.
Put crudely, that was what was wrong with the 'neo-con' approach, and why I am a liberal Conservative, not a neo Conservative."
Wheatcroft compares Britain's support for America in the War on Islamist fascism
to Vichy France's
support for Nazi Germany in its war on democracy and the Jews.
Again, one always has to wonder
if whining isolationists like this
would have really supported the troops in the second world war.
Whereas it's obvious that the "Anglo-neocons" would have.
Wheatcroft mentions the admirable
Douglas Carswell, who says
"it is in our national interest to support Israel".
Carswell apparently says he does not like to criticise Israel
"because I believe they are a front-line ally in a war against people
who wish to destroy our democratic way of life."
The weirdo Wheatcroft
describes these unexceptional views
Prime Minister Cameron, June 2011, finally moves UK government policy towards a hardline approach to sharia.
Anyone supporting sharia law will (finally) be considered an extremist by the UK government.
They are finally going to base government policy on
"the notion that violent extremism is incubated within the ideology of non-violent extremism.
Central to the .. strategy is a broader definition of extremism that will be extended beyond groups condoning violence to those considered non-violent but whose views, such as the advocacy of sharia law, fail to "reflect British mainstream values"."
David Cameron talks rubbish about Islamism, May 13, 2007
- "First, a concerted attack on racism and soft bigotry.
You can't even start to talk about a truly integrated society
while people are suffering racist insults and abuse,
as many still are in our country on a daily basis.
many Muslims I've talked to about these issues are
deeply offended by the use of the word 'Islamic' or 'Islamist'
to describe the terrorist threat we face today.
We do need greater understanding of the true nature of the terrorist threat.
There's ... too much denial of it in the Muslim community.
But our efforts are not helped by lazy use of language.
Indeed, by using the word 'Islamist' to describe the threat,
we actually help do the terrorist ideologues' work for them"
For heaven's sake, the word
to allow some clear water
between the jihadi Muslim terrorists (Islamism) and moderate Muslims (Islam).
"Islamism" describes accurately the popular philosophy and world view that motivates jihadi terror
around the world.
Cameron is missing the point that
all Muslims should reject Islamism
and not be offended by insults to it.
Any Muslim who defends Islamism is not someone whose opinions we should care about.
Maybe Cameron will be useless on the war after all.
Can't we get Michael Gove instead?
He attacks Israel over Gaza. He calls Gaza "a prison camp".
Nice response by Ephraim Sneh, former Israeli deputy minister of defence:
"Cameron is right - Gaza is a prison camp, but those who control the prison are Hamas. I'm totally against the double standards of a nation which fights the Taliban but is showing its solidarity with their brothers, Hamas."
Cameron condemns Israel's self-defence against the violent Turkish Islamists in the
"The Israeli attack on the Gaza flotilla was completely unacceptable".
Cameron strongly supports Turkey joining the EU,
despite the clear wishes of the British people.
The 2006 Eurobarometer poll
(see Question 33.13)
30 percent of British people in favour of Turkey joining the EU,
and 52 percent against.
"It's Turkey that can help us stop Iran from getting the bomb",
Cameron absurdly says.
Talk about naive!
In reality it is Israel - the country you have just attacked - that will stop Iran getting the bomb.
Cameron shamefully laid a wreath at the tomb of the butcher
And not a word (of course) about the persecution of Christians and other minorities
in modern Turkey.
Laws against free speech
like the Racial and Religious Hatred Act
which threatens criticism of religion.
Many UK laws introduced since the 1980s restrict free speech.
In fairness, some were introduced by the Tories.
talked some sense on the War on Islamism.
But also some nonsense.
Useless Tony Blair speech, 2006,
about the cause of jihad:
"Unless we re-appraise our strategy, unless we revitalise the broader global agenda
on poverty, climate change, trade, and in respect of the Middle East,
bend every sinew of our will to making peace between Israel and Palestine,
we will not win."
In reality, not a single one of these issues will make any impact on stopping the
global jihad against us.
Cherie Blair's sister is
the rabidly anti-Israel
Jack Straw, The Times, 14 June 2011, bizarrely described
"the strongest, richest and most democratic state in the wider Middle East."
Turkey of course is only a proto-democracy compared to the true liberal democracy of Israel.
Maybe he meant most democratic "in the Muslim Middle East"?
But he did not say that.
Anti-Israel Labour local councillor
David Stockdale, 20 Jan 2014, describes Palestinian terrorist outfit Fatah as "Labour's sister party in Palestine".
How could he possibly describe Labour as a "sister party" of a
It turns out Fatah
are now affiliated to the trans-national
Party of European Socialists,
and so are UK Labour, Irish Labour
and the SDLP in NI.
Good reasons to vote for none of them.
With him as leader, no decent person could vote Labour.
In the US, during the appalling Obama era,
and the even worse Trump era,
"Who would I vote for?"
has the answer:
There are two big-tent parties.
There are a large number of crackpots in both parties.
Until recently, the sanest foreign policy thinkers were in the
The Republicans understood how the world works,
and the crucial role America plays in defending the free liberal world.
But that was before
The rise of this know-nothing buffoon
who admires dictators
means the end of me supporting the Republican party.
are no alternative.
stood and still stand for American withdrawal, weakness, defeat, apology, appeasement and isolationism.
This all achieves nothing except
allowing evil and tyranny flourish and spread across the globe.
Obama chose to abandon Iraq
to the Sunni jihadists
(now re-branded as ISIS).
He did not have to do this.
He chose to do this.
And it will be hard to ever forgive the Democrats for that.
Nor is the
Even though I describe myself as a form of
I would not vote for
the Libertarian Party
since they are isolationists.
Nine prominent Democrats
no one who believes in victory in the War on Islamism
should vote Democrat.
"Speaking Democrat: A Primer"
a hilarious speech actually delivered in the
U.S. House of Representatives
in June 2008.
The section on "Speaking Global Democrat" allows us finally translate Obama's speeches:
"DIPLOMACY" = "MAGIC"
"Democrats will protect America from Iranian nukes through tough, principled diplomacy."
Translation: "Democrats will protect America from Iranian nukes through tough, principled magic."
"ENGAGE" = "APPEASE"
"Democrats will engage America' enemies."
Translation: "Democrats will appease America's enemies."
"END" = "LOSE"
"Democrats will end the Iraq War."
Translation: "Democrats will lose the Iraq War."
Voting is of course not for idealists.
You almost always have to choose the lesser of two evils
and vote for someone who promotes some policies you hate.
I have serious problems with all of
the above parties.
For all of them, I would be
voting for a lesser evil.
My dream party would be:
Who I block:
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 (such as call me racist).
I will not debate such people.
I will block them.