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Fight The Far Right

I abhor the scapegoating of the weak including immigrants, travellers and the poor. Scapegoating the weak covers up for the monstrous savagery of the Irish Government and the Irish Super Rich.

I am also very seriously concerned that hate posts may incite some people to commit savage acts of violence such as have happened in other countries

I have therefore  cut all associations with the following facebook sites: Gemma O’Doherty; Stand and Unite: Anti-Corruption Ireland

The 78,000 Irish millionaires and billionaires have massive wealth of at least 230 billion Euro and 3000 extra people have joined the club in the past year alone. Government is refusing to tax this wealth in order to solve the housing and health crises and other austerity issues.


Big Surge to Far Right in German State Elections    https://wp.me/pKzXa-1gl

Far-right AfD makes big gains but fails to topple mainstream parties

Exit polls put party second in German state elections in Saxony and Brandenburg

Kate Connolly in Berlin, Guardian, Sun 1 Sep 2019

 The anti-immigration Alternative für Deutschland party made strong gains in two crucial state elections in Germany on Sunday, increasing its support significantly but failing to oust the mainstream parties.

But the sharp shift to the right in Saxony and Brandenburg – AfD came second in both states – is a blow to the ruling coalition of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and the Social Democrats (SPD), both parties having lost thousands of voters to AfD.

The AfD was also able to mobilise several hundred thousand people who had never voted before, initial analysis showed.

Exit polls showed the CDU remaining the strongest party in Saxony but losing more than six points to secure 33%, while AfD reached 28.1% – a gain of 18 percentage points, and a larger share of the vote than pollsters had predicted.

In Brandenburg, the SPD, which has governed there since 1990, narrowly clung to first place, winning 26.6% and losing 5 points, while AfD secured 24.5%, a more than 10-point rise and a larger share than predicted.

AfD’s success in Saxony and Brandenburg, both in the former communist east, reflects the breakdown of support for Germany’s mainstream parties, the centre-right CDU and the left-of-centre SPD and, as elsewhere in Europe, the increasing fragmentation of the political landscape.

More than 5 million people were eligible to vote, about a 10th of the population.

Turnout was significantly higher than at the last elections in the states in 2014 – up 12 points to 60% in Brandenburg, and up 16 points to 65% in Saxony – in what was billed a historic poll, AfD’s first real electoral test in the region since it entered the national parliament as the leading opposition party two years ago.

Formed in 2013 as an anti-euro party, its strength has grown on the back of its opposition to the arrival in Germany of almost 1 million refugees in 2015.

It campaigned in Saxony and Brandenburg under the slogan “Vollende die Wende”, or “complete the transition” – promising to rectify the mistakes of the mainstream parties after German reunification almost three decades ago and to address the inequalities between citizens of the former east and west.

Björn Höcke, a leading AfD member based in the state of Thuringia, which votes on 27 October in what is expected to be another nail-biting election, said the polls offered “a strong indication that we’ll have a good future in Brandenburg and Saxony and in the whole of Germany”. Höcke represents AfD’s radical right contingent, whose influence in the party is likely to be strengthened by the result.

The Green party was celebrating gains in both states, of 3.3 points in Saxony, where it reached 8.6%, and 3.8 points in Brandenburg, reaching 10.2%, even though it failed to perform as strongly as had been predicted.

But it is likely to be an important player in the formation of coalitions in both Saxony and Brandenburg, where the SPD-Left party partnership lost its majority. All the major parties have ruled out forming a coalition with AfD, even though the CDU has come under pressure from its right wing to do so.

Because the slump in the performance of the mainstream parties was not as severe as predicted, the beleaguered grand coalition in Berlin under Merkel will gain some breathing space, as will the CDU’s chairwoman, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.

She has failed to convince as a leader since taking over from Merkel in December, but will probably benefit from the CDU’s better than expected showing in Saxony. Merkel, who has led the country since 2005, has said she will not stand for re-election. The next German federal election is expected to be held between August and October 2021.

Analysis of the results showed that in Saxony, home to the notorious anti-immigrant campaign group Pegida, often seen as the protest arm of AfD, voters’ main motivation for choosing AfD was out of conviction for its political message, while the majority of AfD supporters in Brandenburg said they voted in protest against the policies of the mainstream government.

———————————————————–IMPORTANT ARTICLE,  By Justine McCarthy in Sunday Times

RETURN TO HUMANITY WILL HALT A CELTIC TRUMPLAND

If Ireland is to withstand the epidemic (of far-right politics) afflicting other countries, the cracks in society must be addressed.

We can avoid the hellish fate of other countries, (which have drifted to the far-right), by sticking together as a people!

HOW CAN IRELAND AVOID BECOMING A CELTIC TRUMPLAND? NOT BY LOCKING THE COUNTRY’S GATES TO IMMIGRANTS. NOT BY REVERTING TO SOME MYTHOLOGICAL ARCADIAN PAST. NOT BY LOWERING TAXES FOR THE BETTER-OFF AND MULTINATIONAL EXECUTIVES, OR BOWING AND SCRAPING TO THOSE WHO WE ELECT TO WORK FOR US.  WE DO IT WITH FRATERNITY.  BY CARING FOR EACH OTHER, BEING KIND, BEING FAIR, LISTENING, HEARING. BY STANDING TOGETHER. BECAUSE DIVIDED WE WILL CERTAINLY FALL.

We’re Deluding Ourselves if We Think We’re Too Savvy to Press the Self Destruct Button

Sunday Times , Sept 1, 2019

  Scadenfraude..What a deliciously chewy German word to convey the pleasure to be had in others’ mis fortunes.  ———                        ———         —————    ——

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           Yet here we are on this Emerald Isle , all bustling vibrant youthfulness, a tech haven and gay tourism destination, where everyone looks suddenly at least 6 ft tall and 26 whole countries love us so much , they stand united wih us against the old enemy. For its new national anthem, Ireland should purloin that old Supergrass number: “We are young, we run green . Keep our teeth nice and clean”. You don’t see the Irish electing lobotomised megalomaniacs or voting to commit economic hari-kari  by going solo.Whatever about the Saints bit, there’s a reason why this brain-sodden land was dubbed the Island of Saints and Scholars.

It is said that to the cynic, there is no greater joy in life than a good gulp of schadenfraude. If that is so, Ireland has reached a dangerous depth of cynicism. THIS COUNTRY IS IN NO POSITION TO FEEL SUPERIOR TO OTHERS

A majority may feel proud of recent constitutional reforms allowing citizens to live and let live, but being a smallish peripheral island does not immunise Ireland against the virus of reactionary dumbed-down politics that is washing over other lands.

As far as liberalism and tolerance is concerned, Ireland is still catching up with the UK and America, which legislated for womens reproductive rights, anti-racism and inclusivity long ago. Ireland is no Intrepid Pioneer. Trends elsewhere usually surface here eventually but, with the incubation of social media, they emerge faster nowadays. We’re deluding ourselves if we think we’re too savvy to press the self-destruct button as others are doing. Have we not learned that the unimaginable is what inevitably happens in the 21st century.

Crossing our fingers will not stop the epidemic reaching Ireland’s shores. Like any divided society, anger seeps easily through the cracks. With the Republic’s population nearing 5 million, of whom 13% were born outside the country, the scope widens for deeper and yet more divides: urban and rural, religious and secular, old and young, the travelling community and the settled community, native born and new Irish, and above all the have lots and the have nots.

If this were a genuine republic, those social crevasses would be neither as wide nor as numerous, and there would not be a discernible scream of primal fear in the furious invective emitted on Twitter and Facebook. Many people are scared by the rapid changes taking place.

Along with the authority of the Catholic Church, the certitude of its unbending rule is gone too.  While this secularisation of society is liberating for many, it is scary for others, especially as the population grows and becomes more diversified. They filled marginalised and cast adrift. Many who feel this way were, until recently, part of the consensus. Being edged out of the mainstream is a new experience for them.

We witnessed this phenomenon after the 2008 economic crash, when erstwhile masters of the universe-bankers, builders and property developers, depicted themselves as the victims of rather than the primary contributors to the catastrophe.

Unlike other historically marginalised cohorts-gays, women, non-catholics, immigrants-the newly marginalised are unaccustomed to being second class citizens. They regard themselves as epitomising Irishness, failing to accept that the island of bishops’ croziers and comely,  pale maidens is gone.

Between this, gathering economic clouds and the vulnerability of the good Friday Agreement, Ireland is vulnerable behind its swagger. If it is to withstand the epidemic (of far-right politics) afflicting other countries, the cracks in society must be addressed.  Having one rule for those in charge and another for everyone else is repugnant to republican ideals. It is wrong that a government minister delivers a garda station for his well-heeled Dublin constituents while citizens in remote rural areas have none, or the denizens of a red brick leafy suburb can stop a metrolink development while the plan ploughs ahead to bulldoze the homes of less well-off citizens nearby.

Drive through inner city communities plagued by drug-gang violence to reach your seafront mansion to snort cocaine for the weekend or issue gagging writs to stop the publication of information in the public  interest because you having money means you have privileged access to the courts.

None of this is fair. None of this is right. None of it is sustainable because, sooner or later, the fear turns to anger. People begin to despair of democracy when they feel they are being talked down to, their questions are being evaded, their TDs’ DÁIL VOTES are being ignored by the government, and the civil service is acting as though its job is to protect politicians at the expense of the people. Opportunists are waiting to swoop on that anger for their own selfish interests and advancement.

Citizens have a responsibility too, especially in our age of coarse, polarised discourse, when self-described patriots and Christians denounce others as “whores”, “scum”, “sheeple”  and “psychopaths”. These are conditions that militate against unity and undermine the republican ideal of fraternity. Beware of prophets bearing grudges.

HOW CAN IRELAND AVOID BECOMING A CELTIC TRUMPLAND? NOT BY LOCKING THE COUNTRY’S GATES TO IMMIGRANTS. NOT BY REVERTING TO SOME MYTHOLOGICAL ARCADIAN PAST. NOT BY LOWERING TAXES FOR THE BETTER-OFF AND MULTINATIONAL EXECUTIVES, OR BOWING AND SCRAPING TO THOSE WHO WE ELECT TO WORK FOR US.  WE DO IT WITH FRATERNITY.  BY CARING FOR EACH OTHER, BEING KIND, BEING FAIR, LISTENING, HEARING. BY STANDING TOGETHER. BECAUSE DIVIDED WE WILL CERTAINLY FALL.  

 

——————————————————–Christchurch Massacre Exposes Social Media Monster-Justine McCarthy, Sunday Times, March 24, 2019

Extracts:  https://wp.me/pKzXa-1gl

Gemma O’Doherty, a former Irish Independent Features writer posted on Facebook: “New Zealand has all the hallmarks of a classic false flag operation to incite fresh ISIS attacks, create chaos and fear, allow the globalists to take control over people and remove freedoms a la 9/11 . A professional job”

Seamus Healy TD (Tipperary): “Outrageous post. No credibility left.”

Catherine Connolly TD (Galway): “” Shocking and unacceptable post”

Tommy Broughan TD (Dublin Bay North): “I am standing in solidarity with the victims in New Zealand

Cllr Eilish Ryan (Dublin): “O’Doherty’s populism has been a concern for some time. This is a new low.”

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