Monday 10th December was the anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights which was declared in December 1948. They are good principles to live by but its a shame that nearly all governments just pay lip service to them. Don’t think the world as such has progressed a lot since 1948. Here’s two short videos to explain them to you. See whether you believe your country measures up.
Sinn Fein have been making noise about a Border poll for a while now, it is also the twentieth anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, the hundredth anniversary of the 1918 election and in a few weeks that of the first Dáil.
What is one to say I’m not a fan of the Good Friday Agreement which I see as having conceded rather a lot to Unionists and to the British Government. Unionists/ British Government obtained the “consent” clause in the Good Friday agreement which necessitated the approval of the unionist community to any changes in the “North” and copper fastened the Gerrymander which they call Northern Ireland.
Incidentally the British never needed the consent of the Irish people to partition Ireland, for treaty Ports, oath of allegiances to the British monarch and so on. So why do we need theirs ?
Ok back to a Border Poll, Sinn Fein feels the time is right for one, shifting population trends in the North will a put a catholic/nationalist “majority” in a few years and Sinn fein feels they will vote for a United Ireland . One wonders, asking the Unionists to vote for United Ireland is a tall order indeed ! But one feels that a section of unionism will make a deal when it comes to the point.
The major road block to a United Ireland is however is London which has a conservative government and which will not countenance a Referendum on the North joining the rest of Ireland. The “English” have been down on the Irish for centuries and looted the country for as long.
Then there is the puppet show in Dublin to overcome, all of this to put Ireland back together.
One feels to have realistic chance of winning a referendum in the six counties, is that one will need to be In government in the south and have access to the chequebook to win. My feelings are that one will have to offer something to win, perhaps a Nhs type healthcare in the south, changes to the tax system, money for infrastructure in the North and so on. Something to offer I believe is a necessity, coming empty handed or a situation where the population of the North would lose out could possibility end in defeat.
One is out to win not to lose, it is likely to cost a bit but Ireland would be way stronger United ! It would be a better investment than “Nama” and the bank bailouts that fianna fail signed us up to. Only time will tell what course Ireland takes in the next ten years.
One thing I have noticed is the lack of comments on my blog and I have been up and running for over two years on Gearosc.eu and over ten years since I started on ferdia2010… all meaningful comments seemed to stop after a few postings. This however doesn’t apply to spam and I seem to get loads of it. In fact it was getting out of hand completely with about fifty spam comments a day happening everything from porn to cheap loans, all had to be deleted manually. I had to upgrade my spam protection and so it is costing extra. Who makes all this spam ? They are promoting their websites apparently but it all ends up in the waste basket- a waste of time really.
So please feel free to comment- I don’t bite but no spam please.
Making the news is one James McClean footballer, Derryman who refuses to wear the poppy for his English football club in the run-up to the hundred year commemoration of the first world war. His stance is that “poppy wearing” commemorates all the British war dead and not just those who died in World War 1 and 2. He (McClean) also insists that the British army have a long history of oppression in Ireland and in particular his home town of Derry.
Being Irish I would tend to agree with him on the stance of the British army which actively fought against Irish freedom and the threat of armed invasion in 1921- forced the partition of Ireland against the wishes of the majority. Personally I wouldn’t countenance wearing the poppy and feel that it is unfitting for a Irish person to wear one. I don’t object to people going to Commemorations but see the poppy wearing as sucking up to the “Brits” and their imperialism of the past . My point of view is that the over 300,000 Irishmen who fought in the Great War fought for Britain and her empire and not for Ireland.
Another point to make what was World War 1 about ? Some Austrian Archduke who though of high rank wasn’t very popular at the time. WW 1 wasn’t fought for the freedom of anybody though it brought the end of many of the empires in Europe by the time it was finished. The “peace” that was made left Europe simmering for another war which came twenty years later. There was little justification for sending millions of men over the top to their death, one can remember the dead but not the reasons they were sent to war in the first place.
Well someone ( Nasa ) has decreed that Saturday October 20th is ” international observe the Moon night”.
I guess you could say we have seen it all before but the moon never ceases to amaze me. It is a barren rock, lifeless and devoid of an atmosphere that they haven’t been back to since the early seventies. They seemingly didn’t rate moon exploration rate very highly.There is much more interest there now and they hope to establish a moon colony/moon base in the coming decade along the lines of the International Space Station (ISS). The moon has a day/night of about two weeks and temperatures vary from 80+ degrees Celsius in the day time to – 150 degrees Celsius in the night time. So along with solar radiation its a pretty hostile environment. Some see the future in human habitation in mining, space tourism and using the moon as a “dustbin” for dirty industries that are present on Earth.
Human habitation of the Moon would likely lead to more colonization of the solar system. There is an Moon observation by Shannonside Astronomy in Limerick – Weather permitting on Saturday night. You might get a bit more detail using their telescopes than with a pair of binoculars. Might be worth a look.
Something that has come to my notice is the fact that RTE and other media are portraying Fianna fail’s Micheal Martin as the next Taoiseah without there being a general election. Surely this is “the cart before the horse” kinda of stuff and an attempt to “lead” people into voting for Fianna fail. Its an undemocratic method of trying to influence people into voting for Tweedledum or Tweedledee.
People should be able to make a decision on whom they will vote for when all the facts are laid before then and not before. The media including Rte are doing the people no favors and acting in the interests of their owners, Mi5 and other parties who don’t want to see any change in Ireland’s political scene.
I don’t any reason for anyone to put their trust in Fianna fail as they left the “state” almost bankrupt and a huge increase in the national debt for which every man, woman and child owes €45,000. That’s hardly a recommendation for Fianna fail and their “Boom Bust ” politics. Both Fianna fail and Fine Gael are know for their graft and the fact that they stand for very little except maintaining the Status Quo (of serving the rich).
Ireland(26 counties) needs a change of politics to reach our full potential and to ensure that everyone is given a fair chance to succeed and not told to emigrate by our political landlords. In the meantime someone needs to kick up a fuss on the behavior of RTE and other media.
Well Summer is well gone at this stage but it was a different Summer to previous years in that we got a heatwave for a few weeks- temperature over 30 degrees celsius and a cloudy haze for the rest of the Summer. Farmers didn’t appreciate the dry spell as their crops wouldn’t grow without rain and many farmers are likely to post a big negative for the year. Alot will depend on what kind of winter we get long/short, dry/wet and what kind of government aid is provided. Not a good year for farmers by any means.
On the other hand it was nice to get some good weather, you could go to the beach / Ballybunion and enjoy yourself though I am told the water was pretty cold. It was a relief that it wasn’t pounding rain all the time as previous years have done. Sometimes the “Summer” is as bad as the winter which is bad for people’s spirits, pockets though good for travel agents.
Hopefully the Summers will improve for us in the coming years. I live in hope.