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A mad thought: Jack O’Connor/David Begg for Commissioner?

Posted by Jason O on Jan 9, 2009 in Irish Politics, Lisbon Treaty
Who stole my moustache?

David Begg

Mmmm. Beardy.

Jack O'Connor

There’s much talk about who should go out to Brussels to replace Charlie McCreevy later this year. Apparently, the government is wary of sending out a sitting minister for fear of losing the byelection.

Why not send one of the aforementioned gents? It’ll allow the government to show it’s serious about workers rights, get the unions on board for Lisbon II, and avoid a messy byelection loss.

Just a thought.


The Scab Picking of Sinn Fein.

Posted by Jason O on Jan 9, 2009 in Just stuff

I wish I had a rocket.

Read this.  What is it with Ogra Shinn Fein and the need to  poke at parts of our history which we would be better served just moving on from? Whose interest is served by constantly bringing this stuff back up?

Imagine if the DUP had a conference to celebrate the Gibraltar shootings, or the SAS ambush of an IRA unit attacking a police station in Loughall in 1987?  I’m sure the DUP could find the same flowery language that Sinn Fein uses to justify people being killed.

I wonder, is it that Ogra Shinn Fein don’t like just being an ordinary democratic political party, that they miss dressing up in uniforms and marching around like Dad’s Army?


Labour’s Good Idea.

Posted by Jason O on Jan 9, 2009 in Just stuff

The people's flag, it used to be red, now they all suffer from gout instead.Some months ago Labour made a really interesting suggestion which I’m surprised has been let wither. It appealed to me because it seemed a) practical, and b) was unusual for Labour in that it was a concrete suggestion as opposed to having Joan Burton just sigh aggressively at people.

 The idea was that a big ball of money be thrown at schools and community centres, etc, for small extensions, repairs, upgrades, etc. The money would then be used by the schools to engage small local builders on the projects, creating jobs, and putting money into local ecomomies, etc.

I liked it. Giving people a tax cut in these nervous times will just end up in it being hidden under the bed as opposed to being spent, and spending huge sums on infrastructure employs a relatively small number of people ( Look at a big road project next time you pass. More heavy machinery than people.) and sends a lot of the money out of the contry as they tend to be foriegn civil engineering firms. This way keeps the money in the country, and keeps fellas off the dole.

I know, it’s a bit FDR, but what’s wrong with that?

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