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Who gains from a No vote? A political fantasy.

Posted by Jason O on Sep 22, 2009 in Irish Politics, Lisbon Treaty, Not quite serious.

As Ireland gets ready to vote on the Lisbon Treaty again, a powerful group meets in a hotel in

Meanwhile, on the roof of the Chicago Hilton...

Meanwhile, on the roof of the Chicago Hilton...

Chicago. A bit of fun I’ve been asked to repost here. Almost as fictional as a Coir poster.  

 
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Coir want to break into your house and sniff your hair while you sleep?

Posted by Jason O on Sep 21, 2009 in Irish Politics, Lisbon Treaty

Jesus: Reportedly "uncomfortable" to be associated with Coir, may place matter in the hands of his solicitors.

Jesus: Reportedly "uncomfortable" to be associated with Coir, may place matter in the hands of his solicitors.

Coir’s latest poster, which features an elderly woman, show that Coir isn’t really just against the Lisbon treaty. The elderly woman is presumably a hint at the blatant lie that the Lisbon treaty mentions euthanasia, a lie that UKIP also subtly hint at.

Why are they doing this? Because Coir/Youth Defence aren’t just against the EU. They’re making this stuff up because they are opposed to modern Ireland, to women having equal rights and gays going about unjailed. They’re not even sure about letting people from minority religions legislate in the Dail (See here.) They’ve engaged in various bits of trickery, like making up a lie about the minimum wage and then sticking a question mark beside it to suggest that they’re just speculating.

Well, here’s some speculations about Coir/Youth Defence:

Coir think the Ryan Report was written by Dan Brown.

Coir wouldn’t vote for Sarah Palin, on account of her being too liberal. And womany.

Coir says No to evolution. That Fred Flintstone was a real historical figure, you know.

Coir would have accepted the Lisbon treaty if it had been chiselled on stone tablets, and handed over by a fella with a long beard. And Charlton Heston’s voice.

Coir believes that the EU supports euthanasia, microchipping babies, and making all ice cream cod liver oil flavour.

Coir is only slightly embarassed to be on the same side of the Lisbon referendum as people who would have been shooting at the GPO in 1916.

Coir believe that Voldemort has been asked to be EU commissioner for Toddlers Affairs.

Coir is trying to touch Yes voters in their special place.

Coir condemns the EU for interfering in the old traditions, like banning witch-ducking and letting husbands list “the wife” on the household property insurance.

Coir say that if you vote Yes you’ll catch the gay.

 
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We Belong 90210

Posted by Jason O on Sep 18, 2009 in Lisbon Treaty, Not quite serious.

We Belong: Putting the "bon!" into Lisbon.

We Belong: Putting the "bon!" into Lisbon.

Just persuing the website of the We Belong-Yes campaign, I was struck by this page containing headshots of their campaign team: It’s like the cast list of Melrose Place.

Jaysus. You wouldn’t want to be a short, hairy, ugly fat bloke with a beard!

 

 
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A mate visits Police State UK.

Posted by Jason O on Sep 18, 2009 in Just stuff

'Ello 'ello 'ello!
‘Ello ‘ello ‘ello!

An interesting email I received recently from a mate of mine. He’s agreed to me reposting it.

” Just back from London/Brussels.

I was amazed out how much London has become  a police state since my last visit there 4 years ago.  Counted at least  57 CCTV cameras viewing me from the platform to the exit from a tube station.  Gave up counting the number of CCTV cameras that appear to be everywhere.  Spotted only about 5 in Brussels in total, and they were probably only traffic cameras.

Got stopped from taking photographs by the police 5 times in London and by security officials in buildings 5 times, not withstanding the fact that all photographs were been taken from public areas.  It would appear that using a camera in the UK has now become illegal, as I pointed out to the security gobshite in the Millenium Dome, who agressively asked my why I was taking a camera into the building, and lectured me on how I was not allowed to take photographs in the building.  I asked him did this policy extend to the 5 individuals taking photographs with their mobile phones at that moment in time or just to people carrying readily identifiable cameras!

One security guard demanded to see the photographs I had taken from a public area.  Naturally, I pointed out to him that he had no powers of arrest or the right to search. He still insisted , as he claimed he had authority.  Naturally, I told him where to stick it and moved on. The country has become paranoid.  Kind of ironic when they bang on about control from Europe.  Maybe they should have a look at their own state first ! Brussels was a breath of fresh air in comparison.”

 

 

 
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UKIP’s two faces on worker’s rights.

Posted by Jason O on Sep 17, 2009 in Irish Politics, Lisbon Treaty

UKIP: Two faces on worker's rights.

UKIP: Two faces on worker's rights.

UKIP are currently delivering leaflets calling on Irish workers to vote No to protect worker’s rights. Yet that’s not what they say in Britain.

Here’s John Whittaker, a UKIP MEP:

” …But, unlike the United States of the 1930s, this adjustment is made more difficult in today’s Britain by our elaborate structure of employment law that holds up wages, provides for generous benefits, makes severance difficult and generally makes labour markets inflexible. Given all the costs and red tape involved in employing labour, it will be a long time before any small businessman with a brain considers taking on more staff again.

It is a measure of the extreme detachment of the European Union that at this time when all member states are facing severe economic difficulties, they continue to insist on rules that make life even harder for business, for instance, statutory employment rights for temporary workers.”

UKIP: Friend of the workers?

You can see the full text here.

 

 
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PANA calls for army to use special “give-a-hug” bullets.

Posted by Jason O on Sep 16, 2009 in Irish Politics, Lisbon Treaty

The Irish Defence Forces: PANA wants to create the world's first arms-free army?

The Irish Defence Forces: PANA wants to create the world's first arms-free army?

Alright, so I’m taking the piss, but seriously: PANA have lost the plot. Carol Fox from PANA spoke at a press conference attacking the Defence bill going through the Oireachtas. Below is from The Irish Times (Kitty Holland.)

 ” Dáil and Government approval will now be required before Ireland can be involved in certain armaments programmes, but the guidelines for that approval are nonsensical.” Quoting the Bill, she said the Government was saying it would support weapons systems and capabilities that would enhance ‘UN mandated missions engaged in peace keeping, conflict prevention and the strengthening of international security. Short of nuclear weapons, this could apply to nearly any weapons system in the world,” said Ms Fox. “It’s hard to imagine Government Ministers sitting around a Cabinet table determining whether weapons systems are ‘good’ or ‘bad’ and ensuring that only UN mandated soldiers will be firing those weapons.”

In other words, PANA are basically anti-weapon, in that in their purist world the Defence Forces should not really be dirtying their hands with stuff that kills people, or worse case scenario, have only “defensive” weapons? Body armour, but no rifles, maybe?

PANA assumes that the world is just full of reasonable people. It isn’t. Ask anyone who lives in southern Manhattan.

 
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What would you put into the constitution?

Posted by Jason O on Sep 15, 2009 in Irish Politics, Not quite serious.

Insert here!
Insert here!

Here’s the challenge. You can insert one article into the constitution.

What would it be? And please, no “The state guarantees a world-class health service.”  because that means nothing and will end up being fought over for years by the courts. Instead, something like:

” Sexual orientation shall not be used as a means of restricting the right of two consenting adults to marry.”

” The state shall not deploy military forces abroad except in defence of individuals denied rights outlined in the Universal Charter of Human Rights.”

Or how about: “The state recognises the obligation of Fine Gael, being so delighted and overwhelmed at getting into government, to abandon all the promises for change, and to govern in a mediocre, dull and unimaginative way. The state also recognises the right of Fine Gael to look surprised when turfed out at the following election, and spend the next fifteen years convinced that a return to government is just months away. In accordance with law.”

Have fun.

 
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No campaign attacks Lisbon for NOT legalising abortion.

Posted by Jason O on Sep 14, 2009 in Irish Politics, Lisbon Treaty

Is there anything they won't say?

Is there anything they won't say?

A group called  “Women Say No to Lisbon – Again” has attacked the Charter of Fundamental Rights attached to the Lisbon treaty for ignoring “women’s human rights in several areas, including the right to childcare, reproductive and sexual rights…”

Reproductive and sexual rights? What does that mean? The freedom to choose abortion? So now the No campaign are attacking the EU for not legalising abortion as well?

I’ll have a bag of dry roasted, please.

 
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A Coup in Britain?

Posted by Jason O on Sep 14, 2009 in Irish Politics

harold-wilson2It’s one of the great “What if?” stories of modern British politics. From the late 1960s to the mid 1970s, the possibility of a armed coup in Britain was a genuine if unlikely possibility. It  was a crucial period for political change, because it was in the 1970s that the great liberal hopes of the 1960s were finally thrashed, and the New Right of Reagan and Thatcher emerged with popular cross-class appeal. But before that, in Britain, old Labour held sway, and that did not suit the establishment.

There is considerable rumour and hearsay to suggest that various right wing elements in the British military and security services were planning an armed overthrow of the British Prime Minister. Everything from private armies to the cabinet being detained on the QE2 to Mountbatten being sworn in as acting prime minister. It’s fascinating stuff.

One story told to me by a friend is that senior elements of the British Army approached the RAF to ensure that they were “onside”. The story goes that the RAF at that stage was full of university graduates and were appalled at the idea. One of the army officers involved supposedly remarked after the meeting: “RAF. F**king Guardian readers!”

Mark Lawson’s greatly undervalued novel “Enough is enough” set in the late 1960s gives an interesting insight into the thinking at the time. 

Below are a few links on the issue.

Jonathan Freedland: Enough of this cover-up: the Wilson plot was our Watergate

MI5 have even put out a statement on their website about it.

Chris Mullin MP: When the threat of a coup seemed more than fiction

 
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Remember: A vote for Lisbon is NOT a vote for Fianna Fail!

Posted by Jason O on Sep 11, 2009 in Irish Politics, Lisbon Treaty

Don't burn down your own house. Wait 'til the election and burn down theirs!

Don't burn down your own house. Wait 'til the election and burn down theirs!

If there was one issue that is worrying me about Lisbon Referendum, it is the pro-EU people I keep meeting who think the Lisbon Treaty is something to do with endorsing Fianna Fail. That means, therefore, that a No vote will somehow hurt FF. It is, I believe, the single most dangerous issue out there that the Yes campaign have so far failed to nail.

My solution? Badges and stickers saying that, on every Yes poster from IBEC to Labour to Ireland for Europe, saying that a vote for Lisbon is not a vote for Fianna Fail. Will it piss off FF voters, the most pro-Lisbon voters? Possibly, but going by recent polls, there isn’t as many of them as there used to be anyway.    

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