Amid everything else going on, this week the elections for the Seanad, the upper house of the Irish legislature, are taking place. Unlike all other forms of election in Ireland, this election is done by postal ballot. Were it an election where voters were required to go to a polling station, it would of course … Continue reading An attempted ousting
So my dear friend Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (pictured left, trying to dig his way out of trouble) and his cronies have decided to put the country on full lockdown, with almost total restriction on movement for the next two weeks. Their motives are, superficially at least, to contain the further spread of the corona virus. … Continue reading Covering their tracks
As the number of cases of the corona virus around the world continues to grow, more and more countries are starting to see immense pressure on their health systems. This is no more evident than in Italy and Spain, where the number of deaths are horrifying. It is worth noting here why these two countries … Continue reading A better future in this?
This post contains spoilers for a book which came out over 30 years ago, and its (hugely divisive but I liked it) film adaptation released over a decade ago. If you have not read Watchmen, why on Earth not? It's a masterpiece Get to it. You most likely have time on your hands now. Unless … Continue reading A Viral Message?
Perhaps the end times are near. I have just heard that the Tories, the fucking Tories, have just announced a raft of socialist policies to deal with the economic and social effects on the pandemic on the UK. This is easily the most unexpected aspect of the whole affair so far. I mean, I was … Continue reading Comrade Boris?
After footage of a packed bar in Dublin full of drunken revelers last Saturday night began to circulate on social media, the Irish government took the belated decision to close all pubs in the country. Some pubs and other businesses had already done so, but others continued unabated, as the naïve call for people to … Continue reading Responsible leadership
Writing this late on Monday evening, the election count is almost done. The unexpected surge from Sinn Féin (SF) has completely shaken up the political structure in Ireland, and whatever the outcome may be, this will go down as an historical election. Now that the votes have been (almost entirely) tallied, the focus will shift … Continue reading The Predictable Part of the Aftermath
I spent the entire day following the coverage yesterday. It was enthralling. A few quick points I noticed: Éamon Ó'Cuív (FF) doesn't know how many seats there are in his own constituency. Paul Murphy (SOL-PBP) has become a much more polished and eloquent speaker. He looked right at home in front of the cameras, where … Continue reading Brief election thoughts
At time of writing, the counts are underway in Ireland's General Election. Voting closed last night at 2200, and the exit polls suggested that the two establishment parties, Fianna Fáil (FF) and Fine Gael (FG), were neck and neck with a third party, Sinn Féin (SF); with all three taking 22% of the first preference … Continue reading Furious D’s live election coverage
Ireland goes to the polls again this weekend, in a General Election to determine which one of the two near-indistinguishable neo-liberal parties that have run the country since independence will head the government this time round, and which one will prop them up while pretending to be the opposition. A feature of Irish elections which … Continue reading Political Dumping