Archive for the ‘politics’ Category

Good luck to the candidates and their teams today

Friday, June 5th, 2009

I know people in most of the political parties and the work they’ve put in to the locals, by(e)-elections and European elections shows their unfettered belief in their party and the political system they’re part of. Today people will vote for candidates, worthy ones and those who are there to get elected based on their minor celebrity status or the status of family members. It’s not easy to put yourself out in public and experience the attention, praise and waves of verbal mutliation that people will send your way. The same goes for the campaigners behind the candidate. If we were voting for hard work, the results would be far different for some people. No matter what party you’re in, recognition should be given for the work you’ve put in. Good luck to everyone today.

A vote for Labour is a vote for Fianna Fáil

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Labour have bedded with Fianna Fáil in the past and how long did it take Eamon Gilmore to come out and say they would NOT go into Government with Fianna Fáil? Only when the polls declared certain death to Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael roaring into a huge lead. Leaving their options wide open for so long tells you something of their philosophy. So while Gilmore and his posse were constantly slamming the Government, they never said they were ruling out a deal. The door is always open with Labour and they can always so a Trevor Sargent if needs be. A vote for Labour is a vote for Fianna Fáil, a vote for the Greens is the same. Fianna Fáil and their corrupt antics should have them be wiped out but it won’t, they always bounce back and they can do it faster than any other party so they might be weak now and you can weaken them more but when they get stronger (in part due to poor opposition) then Labour will u-turn like they like to do.

May 31, Nor Nork district
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So what have you got left? Fine Gael? Independents? Socialist Party?

Troublingly, the alternative of not voting/spoiling your vote is not a good option. You need to get out and vote but do it in a clever way. Jason has a quick guide.

And don’t listen to the voting local and on local issues naysayers. Nobody has the right to tell you for what reasons you are voting for but bear in mind that national politics and what parties do nationally has huge influence on local politics anyway. No money or crap money means local politics just stalls.

Does Labour’s Keith Martin love his Nazi imagery?

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

In between doing blog posts guides on how women can pole dance and discussing Donnie Cassidy’s hair, listing countries he’d like to invade, blogging pics of black kids, Labour’s Keith Martin likes to mention Hitler and the Nazi’s a lot on his Labour Party logoed blog.

Not sure you can argue this is a personal blog when:
There’s a fine pic of him and Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore front and centre:
Keith Martin Eamon Gilmore

Each blog post is signed with his political credentials:
Councillor Keith Martin

Each blog post has the labour logo:
Labour logo Keith Martin

And it is listed as being part of the Labour Blogs network:
Labour Keith Martin showing logo

Some interesting posts with Nazi imagery:
His goodbye message to Michael McDowell:

“Goodbye Hitler”

Here’s Keith quoting Nazi phrases to talk about McDowell.
McDowell Nazi

Him suggesting Bertie Ahern was the same as Hitler:
Keith Martin calls Bertie Hitler

There’s also a video which has since disappeared where Fianna Fáil politicians are morphed into Hitler. How very becoming of a Labour politician to use that. Keith’s disappearing videos seem to be common enough. His one on the Green Party was removed.

He doesn’t like the Pope either. Pope Nazi he calls him

Keith Martin Pope Nazi

and has this to say:

Step one involves gays having to wear pink triangles and assemble in special camps for re-education.

Step two involves the Jews and Gypsys joining them in the camps “when we have made a bit of room”.

And this post on the Pope where he ends it with Heil.

Oh and another post about life after politics for Hitler.
Keith Martin and pic of Hitler

Good luck on June 5th Keith.

Now hand over your communion money or I’ll set Hannafin on you

Friday, May 29th, 2009

I want your communion money to pay the bankers

Fianna Fáil’s John Hanafin on Church Child Abuse

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009


On that corruption of anger, it is important to look at whether those who did wrong were doing so by instruction from the top, as happens, say, when people overreact and use the words “concentration camp”. In a concentration camp, the instruction from the authorities is to treat people in a certain manner. The children were not treated according to the diktat, rules, regulations and statements of the church and those who did those things were further away from the church than the poor innocent victims.

Joe Higgins social media press conference

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

So at 5pm this evening a few bloggers and Twitter folks and normal people will be at the IFI where Joe Higgins will be doing a press conference type meeting where he’ll be asked questions on his campaign to be an M.E.P. and other things like that.

You can direct questions to him via his Twitter account if you’re not there and you can also watch and send in questions via uStream. (The vid below will go live around 5pm):

Live video chat by Ustream

Here you cans send in questions:

Labour leader stays silent about church abuse but please watch his TV ad

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Not one comment from Eamon Gilmore about the Ryan report on their website. A big speech about unions though. It seems the most imporant thing for Gilmore right now is the TV ad that makes him look like Dad No. 1 in Ireland. That’s front and centre on the Labour site. All that Labour has thrown out is a comment about how Pat Rabbitte was right. Yeah, because the most important thing to say after a report of mass rape, deaths and abuse is Pat Rabbitte feeling smug. Labour care more about politics than the victims of abuse judging by their leader’s silence.

But then this is the party where a member of their core team supported a child rapist and wasn’t even censured by the party. Again, Labour and silence on child abuse.

Double Oh Bracken – John Bracken is back

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Vote John Bracken

And a tune via IrishElection.

Get cash off the Green Party/Deirdre De Búrca

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

500 euros for:

  • Best photo of another European City
  • Best Slogan about Europe and Democracy
  • Best Green Business Idea

You have until May 31st. Apply here.

Pound rolling
Photo owned by Dave McLear (cc)

Cork and Politics

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

For those of the Corkonian persuasion, there’s a new site in town if you want to know more about your politicians in Cork. The site is called Cork Politics and is a handy resource for the upcoming local and European elections and will probably be a vital source for the upcoming general election too. With this site and the Kildare Street site, politics is becoming more transparent and reporting of it is no longer up to salaried individuals.

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