Meanwhile, Back On The Farm…

Man in this country-town pub has the worst laugh. Every time, it sounds like he’s sneering at someone he’s just kicked bloody. Please stop telling that guy jokes.

Oh God. Radio reminds me that Tony Blair is the EU’s most important diplomat to Egypt. We choose the single former leader who invaded a Middle East country as ‘peace envoy’. Was that supposed to be ironic? A large proportion of the population doubtless sees him as some sort of latter-day Crusader. He mentioned his fears of the Muslim Brotherhood exploiting the situation two or three times. He mentioned democracy, freedom from oppression, and self-determination… about not at all.

Something else I note from the news – Though Ireland is technically not in recession because our GDP is going up, our Gross National Product is  ‘growing’ at a rate of -0.3%. GNP is similar to GDP but represents Irish owned business only, leaving out foreign investment. How can foreign business here be profitable but local ruined? I would suggest it’s because while almost all foreign invest here is in export industries, too much Irish-owned business is about servicing other parts of the Irish-owned economy (in which I include the state sector), making it a house of cards. We need more indigenous export industry.

But you know, that was kind of obvious.

Money CartoonMeanwhile back on the political pitch, Micheál Martin is naming his front bench. Wait, what? Yes – the leader of Fianna Fáil has his own shadow cabinet, even though Fianna Fáil under Brian Cowen is still in government until tomorrow… The party is its own opposition. I mean, officially now. That’s not the way Micheál Martin sees it himself of course. A few days ago he came out with an extraordinary offer: To support a Fine Gael government. He thinks he can actually refuse to go into opposition. Clearly the party is just too used to being in power.

Oh, and stop press: Senator Ivor Callelly has been awarded €17,000 for loss of earnings while suspended from his Senate seat. Reason for suspension? Because the bastard was corrupt. He should be on all the opposition parties’ election posters. This is Fianna Fáil. This is the face of a party that is farming the people of this country like cattle.

Dammit Fianna Fáil, you are going to go into opposition, and you are going to stay there.

7 thoughts on “Meanwhile, Back On The Farm…

  1. Just noticed that both Mubarak and Martin are naming their new cabinets on the same day. I wonder which is the most pointless exercise?

  2. I was rather pleased with myself this afternoon, being able to relay, thanks to Twitter, that Peter Power (no, me neither…) was the new FF spokesman for foreign affairs. Right up until the man sitting beside me shrugged. “I’m not even gonna fugging bother trying to learn them at this stage – sure, what’s the point?” At this stage, I’m kind of put out that I don’t have a portfolio to call my own.

  3. I was rather pleased with myself this afternoon, being able to relay, thanks to Twitter, that Peter Power (no, me neither…) was the new FF spokesman for foreign affairs. Right up until the man sitting beside me shrugged. “I’m not even gonna fugging bother trying to learn them at this stage – sure, what’s the point?” At this stage, I’m kind of put out that I don’t have a portfolio to call my own.

  4. “You have sat here too long for the good that you do / Depart now I say let us be done with you” – Leo Amery to Neville Chamberlain.

    Except that Chamberlain was a man of principle.

  5. “You have sat here too long for the good that you do / Depart now I say let us be done with you” – Leo Amery to Neville Chamberlain.

    Except that Chamberlain was a man of principle.

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