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Rise of the Far Right: WE MUST RESPOND NOW!

October 29, 2018 Leave a comment

The Failure of the Labour and Trade Union Leaderships To Stand Up for Workers and the Poor has Created a Vacancy for the Populist Right . It has happened all over Europe. It has happened in the USA. Now it is here in Ireland. Far Right, Peter Casey Came Second in Presidential Election with over 20% of  The Vote

—————————————————————–Yet Another Split in International Socialist Movement as Committee for A Workers International (CWI) SPLITS in TWO  https://wp.me/pKzXa-1bc

WE need a serious initiative, nationally and internationally, in the direction of left unity of trade unionsts and socialists. I would welcome constructive suggestions.

The left is in a very bad state not only in Ireland but world wide. Social democracy, including trade union leaderships, through its capitulation to free market capitalism has opened the way to the rise of the hard right . Though opposed by Brendan Howlin , Brendan Halligan, former Labour Party GS, wants to merge social democratic parties with a wing of Christian democrats as the antidote to the growth of the far right. Almost a million people who voted previously for the French Communist party have voted for Marine Le Pen in a recent election. There are now many kinds of Communist Party world wide, from the wildly ultra-left to the near social democratic and all shades in between. The break-up of the Trotskyist Fourth international after the second world war has if anything got worse. The CWI split is just the latest episode.
There are very genuine people in social democratic parties, communist parties, Trotskyist groups, national liberation movements etc. But all are disunited as the far right grows. Remember that the German Communist Party and the Social Democrats failed to unite against Hitler. Hitler did not have nuclear weapons. Trump and Johnson have nuclear weapons.
WE need a serious initiative in the direction of left unity of trade unionsts and socialists. I would welcome constructive suggestions.

—————————————————————-The Failure of the Labour and Trade Union Leaderships To Stand Up for Workers and the Poor has Created a Vacancy for the Populist Right . It has happened all over Europe. It has happened in the USA. Now it is here in Ireland. Far Right, Peter Casey Came Second in Presidential Election with over 20% of  The Vote

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Local Elections 2019: Little Voter Enthusiasm for Elections as further Rise of Far-Right Beckons in Europe  https://wp.me/pKzXa-1bc

Vote for left wing candidates who are committed to building a united mass movement in the interests of the majority against the extremist pro super-rich government and those who support them. That is the way to strengthen opposition to the far right

Yes the feedback from all sources is a lack of enthusiasm for the elections. Voters understand that these elections can’t change anything including the huge problems in housing, health, education, policing etc. If a co council fails to pass a budget, it is disbanded and the chief executive passes it. Directly elected mayors are just a further destination for blame shifting by neo-liberal governments. The effect of voting to prevent the rise of the far-right in the EU parliament is at best marginal. Why are a million people who voted for the French communist party now voting for LE PEN? Millions who voted previously for social democrats all over Europe are now voting for the far-right. Millions of disadvantaged people have been left vulnerable to far-right parties because the capitulations of workers movement leaders have set aside their interests in favour of the super-rich and their own careers in an ultra capitalist society . This is not new. Failure of the workers movement to unite and protect the interest of the masses led to Hitler coming to power. Fortunately, unlike Trump, he didn’t have nuclear weapons!!
But there is a good reason to vote.

Vote for left wing candidates who are committed to building a united mass movement in the interests of the majority against the extremist pro super-rich government and those who support them.

 

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The Oldest Trick in The Book- Offer to Join A Big Party in the Most Provocative Way. When Rejected set up a new Party

I will form new party if Fianna Fáil will not let me join, says Casey

Irish Examiner Monday, October 29, 2018   https://wp.me/pKzXa-1bc

“I intend to run in the next general election in Donegal”

“I’m 100% serious. If the consensus after talking to them is they don’t want me, I’ll form a new party and I’ll call it the New Fianna Fáil.”

Presidential candidate Peter Casey says he plans to set up a new party if he is prevented from joining Fianna Fáil.

The Derry businessman finished second behind Michael D Higgins in the race for Áras an Uachtaráin.

Mr Casey was initially an outside contender in the presidential election, but his vote surged late in the campaign following critical comments about the Travelling community and welfare recipients.

His support, which had been hovering around 1% in some opinion polls prior to the contentious remarks, rocketed to 23% in the election to secure an unexpected second place finish behind incumbent Mr Higgins, who romped home for a second term with more than 55% of the vote.

After the election result, Mr Casey said he plans to join Fianna Fáil and run as a candidate in Donegal at the next general election.

I intend to run in the next general election in Donegal

He told the Sunday Independent: “I am joining Fianna Fáil.

“I intend to run in the next general election in Donegal.

“And I am going to become a Fianna Fáil TD – with a view to becoming Taoiseach at the head of a renewed and revitalised Fianna Fáil.”

However a Fianna Fáil spokesman said: “Mr Casey made clear during the campaign that he has zero allegiance to Fianna Fáil; we will not be facilitating any personal crusades of his.”

In response Mr Casey, speaking on RTE’s Today with Miriam show, said he would set up a new party if Fianna Fáil refused to admit him as a member.

“They definitely need someone like Peter Casey to shake it up,” he said.

“I’m 100% serious. If the consensus after talking to them is they don’t want me, I’ll form a new party and I’ll call it the New Fianna Fáil.”

– Press Association

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Kitty Holland: Support for Casey reflects rage of those feeling left behind

But that big surge in his support cannot be ignored, nor those who voted for him blamed. The blame should be lain squarely at a political, trade-union and media class which is either oblivious or inured to just how real the struggle continues to be for huge numbers of people, just to get by.

Kitty Holland, , Irish Times, Monday, October 29, 2018,

There are two dangers when talking about Peter Casey’s strong showing in the Presidential election – taking it too seriously and not taking it seriously enough.

Though his vote surged from a predicted 2 per cent in polls taken before he made his nasty, inaccurate Traveller comments about Travellers, and later his lazy lamentations about a supposed welfare state, to 23.25 per cent, let’s remember again – he did not win the election and only 44 per cent of the electorate were bothered to vote for anyone, much less Casey.

But that big surge in his support cannot be ignored, nor those who voted for him blamed. The blame should be lain squarely at a political, trade-union and media class which is either oblivious or inured to just how real the struggle continues to be for huge numbers of people, just to get by.

The Traveller comments certainly resonated with thousands of voters, and I’ll come back to that, but to dismiss a growing and widespread rage – particularly among 20- to 50-year-olds, and those living in huge swathes of rural Ireland – would be as arrogant as it would be stupid.

Socially Ireland may seem more inclusive than ever. Look how compassionate we have proven ourselves voting for marriage equality and repealing the Eighth Amendment, our governing classes tell us. These two measures were delivered, of course, only when it became politically impossible not to, and importantly they cost the same governing classes nothing.

Austerity

Economically, however, life is as hard as ever for the vast majority of us. Austerity as an ideological project, we’re told, is over but the benefits – workers’ rights eroded, sky-high rents, six-figure salaries and bonuses for those back at the helm of the property boom – are still being reaped by a minority. They never let a good crisis go to waste.

So we are almost at full employment? But people are getting up earlier than ever and dropping their kids to childcare they can hardly afford and with which most of us are getting zero help with from the Government. We are working longer hours than ever – often at home on our laptops into the night, often in jobs we do not know will still be ours in a year’s time, or where we cannot even be sure what hours, if any, we’ll work next week.

We’re barely able to pay mortgages or rent – those of us lucky enough to have a home – and if we or our children get ill we avoid the GP for fear of the €60 bill, or the emergency department for fear of the €100 charge. If our children get to third level we weep at the thought of the charges, meanwhile, in blind dread of even thinking about what we’ll live on when we retire, following the dismantling of our pensions. We’re not just “squeezed” or fed up. We’re raging.

In April I visited Castlerea, Co Roscommon, to talk to people about the forthcoming abortion referendum. On a Saturday lunchtime the main street was all but deserted. More than half the shops were boarded up. A woman I spoke to in her empty bar told me: “You might be worried abortion in Dublin. We’ve more to be thinking about here. We’re just forgotten about.”

Casey’s vote was marginally stronger in rural areas than in urban areas, and particularly in areas populated – however sparsely – by Travellers. This will have been a painful election for our small (30,000) Traveller community, but Casey clearly spoke to the only experience many people have of Travellers, which is negative. It too cannot be dismissed as just racist – racist though much of it is – or ignorant, but listened to.

We know the statistics – the 80 per cent unemployment, the seven-times risk of suicide compared with the settled community, the homelessness, the low school attainment, the poverty, the high levels of domestic violence, drug and alcohol addiction, and some criminality. By any measure the Traveller community is not flourishing and the only experience they have of many in the settled community is negative.

Political leadership

The Traveller community – particularly their women – want to do their part to address this. But as a vulnerable, impoverished community they cannot do it alone. We must demand political leadership on this, and fundamental to that is addressing the accommodation crisis. Without culturally appropriate housing which respects the community’s ethnicity, Travellers cannot begin to properly address their profound problems.

So, welcome to the very Irish fruits of six years of vicious austerity followed by a selective, localised recovery for the few.

The political class, the trade-union movement and the media can dismiss Casey as a man who “brain farts” and his voters as “racist” or “deplorable”. If they do, they downplay the realities of people’s struggles and will deserve increasing irrelevancy and disdain.

I have no doubt President Michael D Higgins, constrained as he is by his office, will continue to do what he can to articulate those struggles. Also-ran Peter Casey was clearly seen by many as a man who heard them.

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Murderous Surrogate Wars By Imperialist Exploiters

October 15, 2018 Leave a comment

From Edward Horgan , Comdt, Retired

Yes Paddy military supports for Saudi Arabia are passing through Shannon, probably including several mid air refuelling planes that I photographed at Shannon airport. Saudi Arabia has no mid air refuelling planes of their own so the US air force provided the mid air refuelling for them as their fighter planes attack Yemen. Most of the bombs dropped by the US in Yemen are supplied by the USA, but some are also supplied by Britain, France and Germany, three nice “peaceful” European Union countries.

Saudi Deliberately Bombing Food Supplies to Yemen-50% of fishing Boats destroyed-It is a war crime-Patrick Coburn, London Independent

Yemen could be ‘worst famine in 100 years’-BBC-Orla Guerin

Any Chance That Irish Government Would Denounce War Crimes at the United Nations??

Are Military Supports to Saudi Murderers being shipped through Shannon? https://wp.me/pKzXa-1ax

The United Nations is warning that 13 million people in Yemen are facing starvation.

It’s calling on the military coalition, led by Saudi Arabia, to halt air strikes which are killing civilians, and contributing to what the UN says could become “the worst famine in the world in 100 years”.  https://wp.me/pKzXa-1ax

Yemen’s civil war began three years ago, when Houthi rebels, backed by Iran, seized much of the country, including the capital Sanaa.

Saudi Arabia, backed by the US, the UK and France, is using air strikes and a blockade – in support of the internationally-recognised government.

At least 10,000 people have been killed in the conflict and millions are displaced.

Our international correspondent Orla Guerin, producer Nicola Careem and cameraman Lee Durant sent this report from Sanaa.

It contains some distressing scenes.

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-middle-east-45857729/yemen-could-be-worst-famine-in-100-years

 

 

Al Jazeera

Saudi-UAE Bombing Campaign Supported by US, Britain,

The charity Save the Children has estimated that an average of 140 children have been killed every day since Saudi Arabia(SunniMuslim) and the UAE (Sunni)began their bombing campaign against the Iran-backed Houthi (Shia Muslim) fighters

“8.4 million people are severely food insecure (don’t know where they’ll get their next meal and at risk of starvation, 16 million lack access to safe water and sanitation”- UN

Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. As the conflict enters its fourth year, more than 22 million people – three-quarters of the population – need humanitarian aid and protection–Secretary-General António Guterres in remarks to donor conference in Geneva on 3 April ’18

 

Pullizer Centre   https://pulitzercenter.org/reporting/yemen-us-allies-spin-deals-al-qaida-war-rebels

“The Saudi led Coalition backed by US  coalition cut secret deals with al-Qaida fighters in Yemen, paying some to leave key cities and towns and letting others retreat with weapons, equipment and wads of looted cash, an investigation by The Associated Press has found. Hundreds more were recruited to join the coalition itself.”

NOTE: Al Quaida and 9/11 no problem:Al-Quaida are Sunni Muslims. The Houthu Fighters in Yemen are Shia –the historic enmity between the two largest muslim sects have been manipulated by imperialists, kings and dictators for their own political and economic purposes-similar events happened in Europe among Christians in  past centuries  (P.H.)

UN News

“8.4 million people are severely food insecure (don’t know where they’ll get their next meal and at risk of starvation, 16 million lack access to safe water and sanitation”- UN

Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. As the conflict enters its fourth year, more than 22 million people – three-quarters of the population – need humanitarian aid and protection.

Secretary-General António Guterres in remarks to donor conference in Geneva on 3 April ’18

After more than three years of escalating conflict, Yemeni people continue to bear the brunt of ongoing hostilities and severe economic decline. An alarming 22.2 million people in Yemen need some kind of humanitarian or protection assistance, an estimated 17.8 million are food insecure, 8.4 million people are severely food insecure and at risk of starvation, 16 million lack access to safe water and sanitation, and 16.4 million lack access to adequate healthcare. Needs across the country have increased steadily, with 11.3 million who are in acute need, an increase of more than one million people in acute need of humanitarian assistance to survive.

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DEFENCE EXPENDITURE

October 11, 2018 Leave a comment

see also on this blog  Plan to Purchase 200 million Vesel  https://wp.me/pKzXa-Ut

Defence Group Budget Allocation  2019

There is no provision for any further increase in pay, pension, allowances other than what is already scheduled under Public Service Pay Agreement provision. There is provision for extra recruitment.   Full Details  https://wp.me/pKzXa-1ai

The extra 29 million provided for purchase of extra  ships, aircraft, weapons, vehicles etc is MORE THAN 4 TIMES THE 7 MILLION PROVIDED FOR RESTORATION OF PAY, PENSION, ALLOWANCES OF THE ENTIRE STAFF OF THE DEFENCE FORCES!!!


Official Document     http://www.budget.gov.ie/Budgets/2019/Documents/Part%20II%20-%20Expenditure%20Allocations%202019-21%20(1).pdf

Current Expenditure(millions)  -mainly existing pay and pensions

2018            2019           Increase             Increase%

Defence Group                                  869                888                19                         2.1%

 

Increase of 19 million          =           extra 7 million for restoration of remuneration under                                                                         existing provision                                                                                                                          +   extra 12 million for additional resources including                                                                    extra staff (But not Military hardware such as                                                                                                        guns,tanks, ships etc)

 

Capital Expenditure  (Million)        -purchase of ships, aircraft, weapons, vehicles etc

2018            2019           Increase              Increase%

 

Defence Group                                              77                106                    29               37.7%

 

Increase of 29 million                             No detail supplied but is believed to include a                                                                                   naval vessel due    for delivery this year

(not the 200 million MRV which government has                                                                                    agreed to purchase)

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