election taking place real soon!
The Machiavellian analysis is that FF are now salivating
at the prosepct of triggering another election before their
neoliberal rivals FG can regroup in wake of their implosion.
and'Some of the Government's decisions
were fairly repugnant to me as a doctor'
Well, as a doctor he should have practiced the Hippocratic Oath: First Do No Harm"I'd liken it in a medical metaphor to 'the operation
was a success but the patient is still in a lot of pain'
General Election Result Positive for Left
By Tom Stokes
Reasons to be cheerful, one, two, three.
One. It was always an impossible ask to replace an entrenched two-and-a half Right-wing party regime with a progressive government in one fell swoop, but the creation of a Right2Change movement to draw allies together and directed towards a bedrock of principled rights-based policies has demonstrably worked even in the face of an antagonistic hegemonic political class propaganda machine.
Two. We now have concrete evidence that the electorate is on the move and that a sufficient proportion of voters are open to persuasion, if only the means of effective persuasion are there. That means that the valiant efforts of Right2Change to open up new lines of communication that bypass mainstream media both in public meetings and via social media, and in the distribution of a progressive newspaper packed with exciting and accessible ideas on the ground and online, have been validated. We need now to imagine the potential effect on the electorate if that magnificent effort is sustained and enhanced.
Three. It may be that Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael will at last be forced to coalesce, leaving the ground open for a progressive opposition for the first time ever. The clearing out of the reactionary detritus within a discredited Labour Party will likely force that party to return to the Left under a new leader as part of a progressive opposition. The potential for a radically different opposition to anything that has gone before to offer a coherent progressive alternative for government, is there to be exploited. That would mean that at the next election the capacity of a corrupt propagandist media to rubbish progressive ideas would be greatly diminished, particularly if the Right2Change movement vigorously challenges and exposes the anti-democratic nature of State and corporate media.
If the progressive Left maintains discipline and resolve, acts intelligently and in a principled way, keeps a strong presence on the streets and in communities, holds onto those policy principles as the basis of a just and equal society, then I have no doubt that we can put in place a progressive government at the next election.
What an achievement that would be!
But fundamental to success will be the continuation and enhancement of the involvement of the progressive unions via Right2Change.
I would urge all Right2Change activists to make that a priority, and to rally around the movement.
That is the best guarantee that our dream of a progressive government and the creation of the true republic will come to pass.
Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work.
"Let the Left hold firm, and let the Left not indulge in
in-fighting, because at this moment of real power to engineer
change by forcing realism on the political class, sowing division
will be simply unforgivable.
Hold your council, button your lips, talk between yourselves,
stay calm, let the Right stew. There is no rush.
This process is part of the revolution."
IRISH PROTEST MOVEMENT DEFEATS
CORRUPT 'PAY-FOR-WATER' AGENCY
by Fintan Dunne - 2 March, 2016
Just days after a national election saw neo-liberal political parties fall
below 50% support, the defeated outgoing government has signaled
that it will negotiate over it's already failing bid to enforce domestic
water supply privatization via a pay-per-use 'Irish Water' quango.
The climb down by the Fine Gael party was rendered necessary by the
political reality that their remaining coalition partner, Fianna Fail had
campaigned on a platform of discontinuing residential water charges.
While disputed votes were still being counted, speaking on national TV,
Fine Gael's Simon Coveney hinted that the game was up:
Predictably, by the following morning the party's leader, Enda Kenny
was pouring water on the idea of abandoning the 'Irish Water' agenda.
But, significantly, he declined to deny the issue was up for negotiation:
Even as establishment stalwarts were briefing journalists that talk of
Irish Water's demise was premature - they were also communicating that
if water charges were being eliminated, those who paid
their Water bills over the last two years of the disputed charges
- would NOT be getting their money back.
Irish people - quick to astutely read between the lines of political spin -
made their feelings known in a mid-afternoon opinion poll on
Irish national talk radio.
When the minority who have been paying their water bills were asked
if they will pay their NEXT bill in the light of the latest develpments,
80% sent text messages confirming that they would make NO further payments.
Caution: Irish Water
Huge Neoliberal Entity
IS DEAD MAN WALKING
The ONLY country in the OECD group of developed nations
not to charge it's people for drinking water has BEATEN
the well-financed, cunningly patented, corrupt predator called
privatization of people's water.
It took mass mobilization, individual and community bravery,
and literally thousands of protest rallies over three years.
Gotta hand it to the Irish.
Take a BOW
IRELAND IS FOR CORPORATE SALE
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Acting premier Enda Kenny(FG) has issued a second plea for his arch rival
Michael Martin(FF) to accept a ground-breaking coalition government.
Neither of the two parties is any longer able to rule on their own, so beingFine Gael and Fianna Fáil to meet today
to agree 3-year government deal
Thursday, April 28, 2016 - By Fiachra Ó Cionnaith
Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil’s negotiating teams will meet today to finalise what
is expected to be a three-year government formation deal before a likely re-
election of Enda Kenny as Taoiseach next week.
http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/fi ... 95428.html
Here's one of the leaders of the successful campaign
What’s the Irish Water deal?
A full 61 days after the general election, Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin’s
parties have agreed to suspend charges for up to 18 months, a move
effectively ending water charges.
Crucially, in order to reintroduce water charges and end the suspension
a Dáil vote would have to take place which would be near impossible to
Brendan Ogle on LM/FM RADIO this morning.
LISTEN HERE: http://bit.ly/23a8YZa
Up to 500,000 people went on strike and took to the streets across
France to protest pro-business labor reforms that would leave many
people unemployed and would be an attack on worker's rights.
France’s largest cities saw a new wave of street demonstrations and
strikes as student groups and unions tried to maintain pressure on the
government just days before the bill is brought to Parliament.
Violent clashes between police and mainly young protesters broke out
in Paris, as well as the cities of Nantes, Rennes and Lyon.
Tyres were burned as students tried to block the main commercial port
serving the French capital and its surrounding region. In Lyon, France’s
third largest city, hundreds of students clashed with police as they tried to
march on the city centre. Some threw objects at police, who responded
with tear gas. Similar incidents were also reported in Nantes and Rennes.
Despite concessions, unions and student organisations plan further
protests on May Day, as well as on May 3, when parliament begins
debating the bill.
Meanwhile, an air traffic controllers strike canceled 20 percent of all the
flights at Paris' Orly Airport and also caused delays at Charles De Gaulle
Airport, according the Paris airport authority.