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France to fund anti-Darwinism,anti-gravity teaching in US schools.

Posted by Jason O on Oct 16, 2009 in Not quite serious.

The French Ministry of Science and Technology has surprised many by announcing that it is to commit €50 million to a campaign to encourage anti-science teaching in American schools. A spokesman told us: ” This is a wonderful opportunity for France and Europe. We would like to help American conservatives turn a whole generation of American schoolchildren against science, and instead obsess about stuff in a 2,000 year old book. Today, it’s evolution, but we are confident that within five years we can have them teaching that gravity is a communist idea, and that bio-technology is something to do with the Devil and homosexuality. We have one schoolboard in Alabama voting tomorrow to teach that the Sun revolves around the United States. NASA aren’t happy, but the director of commercial satellite launching of the European Space Agency actually weed himself, he was laughing so much. Sent us a lovely hamper. It had cake.”

The ministry ruled out extending the policy to France. “Absolutely not. we’re building a modern economy here. We need kids who can write software and develop new medicines, not wonder if God designed Zebras to look like they’re wearing pyjamas.”     


Fianna Fail just don’t get it, but there’s a word. Treason.

Posted by Jason O on Oct 15, 2009 in Irish Politics

Pat Cox: World Class for Ireland.
Pat Cox: World Class for Ireland.

There’s quote in today’s Irish Times from an unnamed FF minister saying that people can “forget” about the idea of John Bruton as commissioner because he doesn’t come from the “Fianna Fail family.” Aside from the fact that the sliveen gutless weasel didn’t have the courage to say such a thing on the record, it says a lot about why Fianna Fail needs to be put out. In John Bruton or Pat Cox the country has a chance of nominating a world class commissioner who might get a decent portfolio, and even a shot at being president in five years if they performed well. That’s the national interest FF should be thinking about, not giving a post to one of the lads (or girls.)

What is it with FF that they can nearly always be counted on to make the ethically wrong decision? Is it hard-wired into them? There’s a word for FF wanting to put a lesser qualified individual into the commission, putting their internal political concerns against the national interest. It’s called treason.




Santa Claus unveils special corps to take hardline with the naughty.

Posted by Jason O on Oct 14, 2009 in Just stuff, Not quite serious.

Santa to deploy Naught n' Nice Corps.


A new party? Fair enough, but ask yourself this: Whose votes do you not want?

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

Who are you voting against?

Who are you voting against?

“If only there was someone to vote for!” goes out the cry. The country, it seems, is crying out for a new party. Or is it? Sure, we can do the usual guff of announcing a new party that will stand up for “the people” but then, aren’t FF fundraisers people? Murderers? Bank robbers? Isn’t Gary Glitter a person? It’s not good enough. If you want a real new party, it has to be clear who it is against.

Sure, we have the Socialist Party and the Socialist Workers Party (People Before Profit, as they call themselves in Foxrock.) and they are pretty sure who they are against. Anyone who owns a business or employs someone in the private sector. That’s who they have it in for. But what about those of us who actually think being a self employed plumber or owning a cafe or employing people is a noble trade, who do we vote for? And there’s the thing: FF and FG will jump up, and say “We’re your men!”

But we don’t want to vote for them. And anyway, they’re everybody’s men. They might as well be standing on street corners in hotpants. Moreover, how can they be for private sector business and the public sector and people on welfare and farmers? Well, they are, and what we get is the paralysis of the current political system where our two main parties are afraid to say boo to anybody.   

Want a new party? It needs to ask itself one question:

Given a choice, what’s your priority: A.) Cuts in public spending, or  B.) Higher taxes on take-home pay?

If they can’t answer that one with a one vowel answer, they’re not worth having, because either answer tells us pretty much all we need to know about their economic policies, and if they try to have it both ways, then you’re probably talking to an FF/FG candidate anyway.



Vincent Browne’s amazing turnip powered car.

Posted by Jason O on Oct 13, 2009 in Irish Politics

No war for turnips!





No war for turnips!

Just before the Lisbon vote, Vincent Browne pointed out the following statements from an EU document he had uncovered.

” It goes on to deal with EU energy requirements. It says: “By 2025 Europe will be extremely dependent for 90 per cent of its oil and 80 per cent of its gas. China and India, in particular, will drive global energy demand and seek new sources in central Asia, Africa and the Middle East.”

It then goes on to remark: “In this and other ways, European security interests may be directly or indirectly challenged by tensions arising not only in the near neighbourhood but also further afield.”

What would be the point of these observations in a document dealing with Europe’s long-term military requirements were it not contemplated that military operations would be undertaken to deal with migratory pressures or resource demands?”

He raises a fair point. Surely part of the EU’s military concerns are to deal with ensuring the flow of oil and gas into Europe? Could that mean EU troops at some stage securing pipelines from attack? Quite possibly. But what infuriates me is the “No blood for oil” crowd in Ireland who have constantly opposed the US and other countries securing Europe’s oil supply, and then hypocritically used that oil themselves whether in transport, heating, pesticides or indeed almost any plastic based product. If they all lived in huts on the side of some vast oil-free society up in the Wicklow mountains I’d say fair enough. But they don’t. They bitch about the oil as they use it.

Although, not Vincent, of course. I assume his car is turnip-powered, and he keeps his modest home warm burning old copies of the Irish Times or Progressive Democrat manifestos or old election posters, contently whiling away the evenings whilst watching Michael McDowell crackle away in a blazing hearth.  


Secret service foil plan by Dukes of Hazzard to kill Pres. Obama

Posted by Jason O on Oct 12, 2009 in Not quite serious.

The Duke Family: Objected to an African-American President.

The Duke Family: Objected to an African-American President.

The United States Secret Service has confirmed the arrest and detention of two Georgia cousins, Bo and Luke Duke, on charges of plotting to murder President Obama. The men, both with criminal records in their native Hazzard county, were known locally as right wing racists, and had been charged with speeding through largely black neighbourhoods with a confederate flag painted on their car (Named after the slavery defending general Robert E. Lee.) and honking their musical horn, shouting the confederate battle cry “Yee-ha!” out the window. Secret Service agents also recovered bows, arrows and dynamite in their car, which they believed were to be used to attack the first family when they visited Georgia.

The Secret Service extended their thanks to local law enforcement, in particular local sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane and County Commissioner J.D. Hogg, who said that “We don’t want that kind of racist scum ’round here, ain’t that right, Roscoe?” Sheriff Coltrane agreed wholeheartedly.

Daisy Duke, a cousin of the detained Duke brothers, was also arrested for prostitution, during which she screamed racist expletives at an African-American federal agent.  

 A local resident and garage owner, Cooter, pointed out that “Whilst the Duke boys never went lookin’ for trouble, trouble sure had a way of findin’ them, ‘specially with a coon in the  White House.” Cooter was later gunned down in a joint FBI/ATF raid investigating the supply of weapons to a White Aryan terrorist group.


We DO NOT need a referendum to introduce a list electoral system.

Posted by Jason O on Oct 9, 2009 in Irish Politics

Electoral reform could allow the Greens to redeem themselves.

Electoral reform could allow the Greens to redeem themselves.

The Greens, to their credit, have realised that changing our electoral system is the cornerstone to fixing our malfunctioning political system. At the moment, as the John O’Donoghue saga has revealed, our politicians are actually too close to their constituents. You would think this is a good thing, but the problem is that  most people don’t spend hours down the pub discussing future energy supply strategy or taxation planning or the details of the Lisbon treaty, and because ordinary voters don’t discuss them, our electoral system forces TDs to focuss on the things they do discuss, leaving big strategic issues unaddressed.

The Green proposal of adding a list system has merit. It will allow for “National” deputies to be elected, and will, hopefully, mean that some candidates who focus on national issues will also get elected, people who may not be great at constituency graft but have a grasp of the big picture.

It should be noted that we can attach a list system to STV, as the Australians have done in their senate (See here.), which uses a variant of STV. We would not need a referendum to do this, and it would voter choice, and yes, some candidates will still campaign as the “local” man, but it will also allow for people in Dublin to vote for good candidates in other parts of the country, and vice versa, and that is a good thing in itself. It would, for example, allow people all over the country with a concern for workers rights to vote for Joe Higgins or Jack O’Connor. Or small businessmen to vote for Michael O’Leary. It might even let Declan Ganley be elected.

Wouldn’t that be fun? 


Poll finds 80% support good weather, nice clothes, hugs.

Posted by Jason O on Oct 9, 2009 in Irish Politics, Just stuff

Show me the 80% of voters who will vote for this!

Show me the 80% of voters who will vote for this!

Colm Keena reported in The Irish Times recently on a survey carried out by think-tank Tasc, which suggested that just under 80 per cent of people believe the State should fund healthcare through general taxation. It also reported that:

- 88 per cent believe old age provision should be State-funded

- 87 per cent believe education should be State-funded

- 58 per cent believe childcare should be State-funded

The Irish Times also reported that “The findings constitute a resounding endorsement of universal public service provision,” said Tasc director Paula Clancy. “It is particularly noteworthy that a majority of ABC1 respondents – who would be faced with higher taxes in order to fund universal service provision – believed that all the specified services should be State-funded. This bears out what Tasc has always argued, and what previous Tasc surveys have shown: the Irish public has a strong instinct towards solidarity,” Ms Clancy said. “At a time when the talk is all about cuts in public services, these findings should give the Government pause for thought,” she said.

You ask people in a poll as to whether they believe that they should get free stuff, and are surprised that they say Yes? Where’s the next question, about paying for this stuff? Show me the poll that says that those same people will support a property tax, or water tax, or 10 or 20% reduction in their take home pay to fund it. Then show me those self-same people actually walking into a polling station in a general election and voting for candidates running openly on that platform. Show me that.

The sad thing is, some people will read this and say “Well, what do you expect, he’s a right-winger!” but that’s just a lazy answer. I support the welfare state, but what I support more is honesty. Let those candidates who support the Tasc agenda run on an open platform of increasing taxes and reducing take-home pay. It’s perfectly noble as a platform. If I’m willing to stand up and oppose it, why are they not willing to stand up and defend it?   


“The Area” uber alles.

Posted by Jason O on Oct 7, 2009 in Irish Politics

Just listening to Morning Ireland, which reported on reaction to the Ceann Comhairle’s resignation from his home town of Cahirciveen where he was lauded as being a great man “For the area.” What’s revealing is the way, almost to a man, those interviewed regarded the money he got, either for himself or for local GAA clubs, etc, as being magic money that came from somewhere else at no cost to them. There was no outrage over the fact that this was their money, their taxes.

Of course, this isn’t an attitude unique to Kerry South. This is a national phenomenon, where Irish people regard government spending as a limitless bounty, and that demanding more of it has nothing but positive consequences, because of the perception that someone else pays for it all.

Except there is no one else, there’s just us. We’re paying for this nonsense.



The Lisbon Campaign Awards.

Posted by Jason O on Oct 3, 2009 in Irish Politics, Lisbon Treaty

1. The “Big Mo” Award: Ireland for Europe/Women for Europe. The Brendan Halligan/Pat Cox led organisation got what Americans call momentum with a constant stream of endorsements and a focus on non-politicians selling the message. It also had in Andrew Byrne an exceptionally talented organiser.

2. The Just Vote F**king Yes Award: Michael O’Leary. He’s a divisive figure, although every small businessman loves the guy for his bluntness. The decision to wade into the battle had an effect on the campaign, and his “Unemployable f**king headbangers” description of the No campaign was probably the most memorable line of the campaign, as was the press conference it was delivered at.

3. The A Lie Too Far Award: Coir’s €1.84 poster, which was such a big and disprovable lie that although it was effective, it allowed the Yes side to lay into them for blatant porkifying.

4. The Just The Facts, Mam Award: The European Movement, who although they did not campaign for a yes or no vote, published the best guide  to the treaty, and the tireless Andrea Pappin, who traipsed the country with a well-thumbed copy of the treaty and an inflatable sheep, and got savaged by people on both the Yes and No side for her troubles.

5. The Storm The Barricades Award: Joe Higgins MEP. Unlike the shinners, who were obtuse and seemed to change their opinions on the EU depending on whether they were north or south of Dundalk, and Coir, who just made shit up, Joe argued from a point of principle. Didn’t agree with him, but believed he was sincere. Having said that, if you asked him for the recipe to a really light and fluffy souffle he’d almost certainly demand that a worker’s collective be included.

6. The Here Comes The Cavalry Award: This has to go to UKIP, who assumed that the dumb paddies don’t know anything about British politics. Their intervention almost certainly shifted soft Nos into the Yes camp. The Yes campaign should do the decent thing and pay Nigel Farage’s airfare.  

7. The Blitzkrieg Award: Generation Yes, run by Bart Storan and Sharon Waters, was the paramilitary wing of the Yes side, and brought a lot of Full Metal Jacket style energy to the campaign.

8. The Puff Of Purple Smoke And They Were Gone Award: Coir/ Youth Defence. Just who were those mysterious people and their posters and their granny frightening?

9. The Bring Back The Old Days Award: Alive, the Catholic “publication”, and its unbiased “Does the EU want to make it compulsory for you to breed with weasels?” coverage of the treaty.

10. The Jaysus That Could Have Been Me! Award: Iceland, for making a lot of Irish people wake up and realise that, but for an “R” and not vaguely smelling of cod liver oil all the time, that could have been us.

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