Mark Humphrys (politics)


Politics - The modern right - Who would I vote for?

  In Ireland

In the UK

In the US

Voting is not for idealists

U.S. election, 2004

U.S. election, 2008

U.S. election, 2012

U.S. election, 2016

Who would I vote for?

Roughly, I agree with the left on things like religion, secularism, sex, censorship, drugs and liberty.

I agree with the right on economics, foreign policy, and violent crime.

So who would I vote for?

In Ireland:

In Ireland right now, I do not know who to vote for.

Fine Gael

Once, a centre right person like me would vote for Fine Gael. But look at all the list of things wrong with them now: There is almost nothing to like about them any more.

Fianna Fail

So how about Fianna Fail, once also a home for the centre right voter?
I liked them under Charlie McCreevy and Bertie Ahern. Their promotion of enterprise was impressive.
But they have gone downhill since. The same things that make Fine Gael unimpressive: Nothing much to recommend them either.



The kind of thing that puts me off Fine Gael:
Simon Coveney, FG Minister for Foreign Affairs, promotes a tweet from a terrorist embassy, 13 May 2022. Utterly shameful.

The new, woke Fine Gael, under students union leftist Taoiseach Simon Harris, signs up Ireland to recognise the state of "Palestine" in May 2024, as a reward for the terrorist massacre of 7 October.
"Ireland stands with Palestine and the Palestinian people."
Why would I vote for this godawful party?


Is there any Irish party I could vote for?

So who is left?
Keeping an open mind about these:

No large centre-right party exists. Once it does, I'm back.

The best Irish head of government ever

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.

If I ranked the Irish heads of government since 1919, I think I would choose the best:

Best: Bertie Ahern Made Ireland rich. Privatisation (especially of airlines and telecoms). Low tax. Ended unemployment. Ended emigration. Ended poverty. Helped US and allies in War on Islamism (kept Shannon open). Ended NI conflict. Established power-sharing in NI.
Bad things: Anti-Israel.
2nd best: W.T. Cosgrave 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. Today, only 10 countries in the world have been democracies as long as Ireland.
Bad things: Executions without trial in Civil War. Links with the Blueshirts.

And the worst:

Worst: Eamon de Valera Crap economy. Protectionism. State monopolies. Economic War. Sexual repression. Catholic Church rule. 1937 constitution. Irish language compulsion. Censorship. Neutrality. Treachery in WW2. Sneering moral equivalence. Condolences on death of Hitler. Entrenched partition. Personal corruption. And before he was in power: Refused to accept pro-Treaty vote. Caused Civil War. Burnt centuries of Irish historical records at Custom House.
2nd worst: Charles Haughey Crap economy. State monopolies. Sexual repression. Catholic Church rule. Neutrality. Opposition to Falklands War. Entrenched partition. Personal corruption. And before he was in power: Burnt Union Jack on VE-Day in 1945.
3rd worst: Brian Cowen Bailed out private banks. Bailed out private investors in banks. Bailed out foreign investors in banks. Sold Irish sovereignty to EU. Blasphemy law. And Anti-Israel.

This 2020 chart sums up why I prefer Bertie Ahern to current FF and FG.
These are Fine Gael promises before the 2020 election.
I cannot see the one thing I want, tax cuts, on this list. I see 6 items that require more tax. No tax cuts.
Leo Varadkar claimed to be a leader for the taxpayer, for "the people who get up early". But he never was that.


The greatest Irish person ever

In the UK:

In the UK right now, I would vote:

Not these:

More notes:

The Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats sell themselves as centrists, but their foreign policy is often far left.

Fire rockets randomly at Jews:
Open support for Islamic jihad terror from Lib Dem MP David Ward, 22 July 2014.

Tory MP David Gauke replies, and asks David Ward a tough question. Nice one.
Great news: David Ward loses seat in 2015 election.

The Tories

David Cameron

The kind of thing that puts me off the Tories

An Israel-hater is impressed by Cameron. I am not.

The kind of thing that puts me off Labour

Hilarious compilation of clips from the Labour 2019 party conference.
What a bunch of loonies.
My favourite is the "workers of the world unite" guy.


The best UK and US heads of government ever

I think I would vote for, as best UK and US heads of government ever:

Best UK Prime Minister ever Winston Churchill Saved Britain. Saved Ireland. Saved Europe. Saved the West.
Best US President ever Ronald Reagan Won global war without bloodshed. Destroyed Soviet Empire. Destroyed communism. Liberated Europe.

In the US:

In the US, now that Trump has gone, I would vote: Not these:

Why I would never vote Democrat:
Nine prominent Democrats show why no one who believes in the War on Islamism should vote Democrat.

"Speaking Democrat: A Primer" is a hilarious speech actually delivered in the U.S. House of Representatives by Thad McCotter in June 2008.
The section on "Speaking Global Democrat" allows us finally translate Obama's speeches:

"Democrats will protect America from Iranian nukes through tough, principled diplomacy."
Translation: "Democrats will protect America from Iranian nukes through tough, principled magic."

"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."

Why I would never vote for the Libertarian Party

The idea of libertarianism is appealing. But the reality of the Libertarian Party is repellent.

The Libertarian Party of New Hampshire compares Ukraine to Nazi Germany, Oct 2022.
They are so anti-state and "anti-war" that they will spin for the fascist imperialist regime of Russia.

The Libertarian Party of New Hampshire pimps for both Russia and China, July 2023.
Dictators everywhere love this "freedom loving" party.

From the Libertarian Party (national) in Dec 2022.
This was during the visit of Ukrainian President Zelensky to the USA during the Ukraine war, Dec 2022. Zelensky's first visit anywhere during the Ukraine war.
The Libertarian Party seems to despise any struggle for liberty against tyranny.

The Libertarian Party may actually be the worst party in America.

By the way, we have no idea what this video is of. No date. No location. No country. It may not be Israel. No link to any news coverage. Source is a random Neturei Karta lunatic. It could be actors. It could be anything.


Voting is not for idealists

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:

  1. Secular, libertarian.
  2. Anti-censorship, pro-sexual liberty, anti-drug war.
  3. Tough on actual crime.
  4. Pro-market, pro-free trade.
  5. Pro-West, pro-Israel, Eurosceptic.
  6. Anti-sharia, anti-jihad, pro-War-on-Islamism.
Why does such a party not exist?

Politics      Religion      Since 1995.      New 250 G VPS server.

Banned in Iran: This site is banned in Iran.

Blocked on Twitter by the regressive left and Islamists: I love debate. I love ideas. But the Western left and their friends the Islamic right do not return the favour. Their response to opposing ideas, whether expressed politely or robustly, is often to block. See Who blocks me on Twitter.

I like debate. But I do have rules. See Who I block on Twitter.

Twitter is broken, 2016 to 2022: I am on Twitter at markhumphrys. Twitter was a great place for debate before 2016. You could meet everyone in the world, and argue about ideas. Starting in 2016, Twitter became increasingly broken. It became full of reporting and bans and censorship. In 2019, Twitter even started shadowbanning me for no reason that was ever explained, or could be appealed. By 2022, everyone was looking for a better place to debate.

Twitter is saved, 2022: In 2022 Elon Musk bought Twitter and started to end the censorship. It looks great so far. Twitter seems to be saved.