Thanks to JM for the tip:
Thanks to JM for the tip:
While the in-depth story of the 2020 Southern general election really has yet to be told, I think we can all safely say that the Shinners really screwed up. By that I mean that they failed to detect the real mood of the electorate and when that happens to a political party it usually means that the leadership is a) either totally out of touch with the voters or b) has appointed people who are supposed to be in touch with electorate but failed to do that simple job. Or, more probably, both.
Had SF known what the real mood of the electorate was, that the voters were sick and tired of the usual FG-FF choice and were busting for something really different, then the party leadership would have gone to great pains to ensure that enough of their party’s candidates would have stood to reap the benefit of the electorate’s disdain of the status quo.
But that didn’t happen. SF did not run enough candidates to take full advantage of the flood and the consequence of that is a new government composed of the same old tired failures, not least a Green Party which really should be renamed ‘Fuck The Environment, Nothing Beats The Smell Of The Leather In The Back Seat Of The Minister’s Merc’ party.
The buck here stops at the top. Not at Gerry Adams, who has chosen quasi retirement in Donegal or wherever, but at the feet of Mary Lou McDonald. She failed to detect the voters’ mood and as a result SF have lost the best chance of seizing power in the Southern State since the 1920’s.
In any other party, they’d be showing such a leader the door.But this is Sinn Fein and that is unlikely to happen. Plus ca change!
Jonathan Cook is one of the most perceptive observers of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict writing today. He lives in Nazareth and contributes to a wide range of publications but is best known for his blog – and for his often biting criticisms of Israeli policy in the region. In this piece he draws the parallels between events in that part of the Middle East and recently in Minneapolis. You can read his article here.
You can read about it here:
Amid claims that in some place cops were acting as agents provocateur (https://youtu.be/ERhMCeLr1bg, https://twitter.com/dyllyp/status/1266167967865286656) there are growing allegations of police violence directed at the media during the riots in US cities following the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd at the hands of local police officers. Thanks to RS and CM for these tip offs:
Courtesy of the CIA’s library, here is a fascinating death bed confession, published in the Observer and given to the writer Andrew Boyle by Goronwy Rees, friend and one time comrade of Burgess, MacLean, Philby and Blunt:
Would you be surprised if I told you that it is a number of journalists who have emerged as prime suspects, well known scribblers who dwell in the lower depths of my profession for whom lies, exaggerations, mistruths and invention have been their daily currency for almost as long as they have been working there.
Now, if former Church of Ireland primate Alan Harper and Methodist minister Gary Mason are satisfied that the threats were bogus, satisfied enough to put their names to a statement carrying a UDA denial, what then is the PSNI doing about tracking down the real source of the lie?
Names on a postcard please to thebrokenelbow.com……
You couldn’t make it up. Here, courtesy of The Intercept, is a sample of Trump’s most zealous fans preaching to the faithful.