For Lefties too Stubborn to Quit
News round up 05:10 Sat May 25, 2013 | doctorfive
Anti property tax revenue occupation 20:43 Fri May 24, 2013 | WorldbyStorm
General O?Duffy is smiling, while Connolly and Larkin are turning in their graves! 18:08 Fri May 24, 2013 | WorldbyStorm
Complacency abounds? 12:24 Fri May 24, 2013 | WorldbyStorm
They say the situation is? 09:27 Fri May 24, 2013 | WorldbyStorm
Cedar Lounge >>
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting
HIPSTER IFSC 00:18 Thu May 23, 2013
In God?s Country 00:39 Mon May 13, 2013
Fishy Talks Galway, 13 May 2013 13:36 Sun May 12, 2013
The Indo: Think I Know The Choice I?d Make.. 17:22 Thu May 09, 2013
Alan Ahearne, Johnny Boy 13:24 Mon May 06, 2013
Dublin Opinion >>
Joined up thinking for the Irish Left
?Self-Hating Jews?, ?Ideological Criminals of the Worst Kind? Fri May 24, 2013 13:01 | Seán Sheehan
Book Review: Social Work and Social Theory- Making Connections by Paul Michael G... Thu May 23, 2013 13:48 | Darren Broomfield
Ode To The Minister For State Security Thu May 23, 2013 10:09 | Kevin Higgins
Yes, Say it Again: Ireland IS a Tax Haven and it?s Worked Hard to Be That Way Wed May 22, 2013 18:13 | Donagh Brennan
Understanding European Movements: New Social Movements, Global Justice Struggles... Wed May 22, 2013 13:32 | Irish Left Review
Irish Left Review >>
Farewell from NWL Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake
Happy 70th Birthday, Michael Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake
Of the Week? Sat May 18, 2013 00:02 | namawinelake
Noonan denies IBRC legal fees loan approval to Paddy McKillen was in breach of E... Fri May 17, 2013 14:23 | namawinelake
Gayle Killilea Dunne asks to be added as notice party in Sean Dunne?s bankruptcy Fri May 17, 2013 12:30 | namawinelake
NAMA Wine Lake >>
A shot at bias in the media
Separating the News from the Noise Thu Apr 04, 2013 21:14
Blessed with nothing but good intentions Fri Feb 22, 2013 18:04
The Household Charge - How They Failed to Shape Our Perspectives Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:48
The web's political rainbow Wed Dec 07, 2011 09:47
The Forgotten Constituency: The Majority and The Irish Economic Crisis Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:49
Twisted Love - Fine Gael and the British Queen
rights and freedoms |
Friday September 03, 2010 09:49 by Phoblacht - Royal Free Zone
Blueshirts dismiss the victims of Brtish state violence
As speculation mounts about a visit by the British Queen to the twenty six counties, Fine Gael has sunk to a new low, dismissing the victims of British state violence and mocking those who dare to question the appropriateness of a Windsor visit.
King Billy of Ballymun
At 7pm next Monday night éirígí is set to hold a protest outside of City Hall against the proposed state visit by the British Queen. Inside of City Hall the good councillors are going to debate a motion opposing the Elizabeth Windsor road trip. In advance of that debate many people have taken the opportunity to lobby the elected representatives to support the motion. All very normal you might think. But the response of Fine Gael to this lobbying has been far from normal. Leading the charge has been Councillor 'King Billy' Tormey, Fine Gael's very own defender of all things British and royal.
In his rush to defend the British monarchy the representative for Ballymun gleefully belittles the thousands of Irish citizens who have lost their lives at the hands of the British state. King Billy, it would seem, has little concern for those who were blown to bits by British bombs in Dublin and Monaghan, or for the fate of his fellow councillor, Eddie Fullerton, who was shot to death by a British death squad, or for solicitors Rosemary Nelson and Pat Finucane who also murdered by British death squads, or for the children who lives were snuffed out by plastic bullets. The list goes on and on.
Whatever about the victims of the British state in Ireland you might expect the people of Iraq and Afghanistan might receive some sympathy from King Billy. But you would be wrong. The millions who have been murdered, injured and displaced by Britain's latest imperial adventures matter little to Windsor's apologist. Their fate is of no importance. The Commander in Chief of those same armed forces that have destroyed Iraq and Afghanistan should be welcomed as a friend and ally on the streets of Dublin. Below are just some of King Billy's statements on the proposed visit by the British Queen - bizarre, offensive and true to form - the leader of the Fine Gael group on Dublin City Council does not disappoint.
From King Billy's own blog the responses that he has sent to those who have lobbied him:
Dear Mr Scullion,
May I respond with this,
“That this City Council notes the number of unreconstructed nuts in Ireland whose olfactory organs are so damaged that they are incapable of smelling the roses, thus condemning themselves to fighting ancient wars when a truce has been called and the whole world has passed on.
Then came the Great War: Every institution, almost, in the world was strained. Great Empires have been overturned. The whole map of Europe has been changed. The position of countries has been violently altered. The modes of thought of men, the whole outlook on affairs, the grouping of parties, all have en countered violent and tremendous changes in the deluge of the world. But as the deluge subsides and the waters fall short, we see the dreary steeples of Fermanagh and Tyrone emerging once again. The integrity of their quarrel is one of the few institutions that has been unaltered in the cataclysm which has swept the world. (1922 Churchill)
Here I live in a world set in train by the Coal and Steel Community where Germans and French,Hungarians and Romanians, Poles and Germans, Irish and English can share sovereignty in the common good.
And I wake up and see Eirigi and fellow-travellers and feel sad. Yes,”Sad” that Ireland can produce such people of low self-esteem that they have to be against something; such low self-esteem that somehow the Queen of England, granddaugher of German immigrants can cause such a reaction. These peopls should follow the comedy of Prince Philip the Greek, Prince Charles of Private Eye and have a good laugh.
The lyrics “When will they ever learn” Apply.
Dr Bill Tormey Dublin City Councillor and European Integrationist
Dear Ms McAuley,
Is your letter serious or is it a parody of absurdity? “Malone dies”, “Sam Beckett died”, Flann O’Brien was not too sure if he was Myles O’Nolan or at swim two birds, Brendan Behan knew a few “Quare fellas”, Oscar Wilde wanted it both ways, Martin McGuinness was in the IRA he says, Gerry Adams was not, he says. Gay Byrne is noy gay but David Norris famously is. Killian Forde is a nationalist. Killian Forde is a socialist but Killian Forde is no way a national socialist. Does the extra e in Ford mean that Killian is posh? Does the sirname “Ellis” mean that Dessie is an English import? Brian Friel threatened to make Philadelphia but got stuck taking Ryanair. No passport – get lost!
When a head of state visits another country, normal civilities are extended. I am comfortable to let the English decide on their own governance. The grant of free money from London to Belfast is huge. The Downing Street Declaration should be read by irridentists like you if you are serious.
Meanwhile Dublin says No and Bill says No! to people like you.
Keep taking the tablets
Sir William (k)night of Ballymun.
Keeper of the Northwest Flame
To another emailer King Billy writes,
Dear Ms Masterson
I suggest that you have an English name.
Freddie Mercury is dead
Read my website
As if the emails were not enough King Billy has now decided to put some questions to the City Manager about the British Queen. At September's council meeting he has asked the manager to answer the following questions. This is NOT a joke:
COUNCILLOR BILL TORMEY
(a) Can the city manager assure the elected members that the fog of the war has been lifted from the streets of Dublin in the light of concerns set out below? (b) Has the manger any plans to test the low self-esteem of citizenry who are afraid of the impact on the minds and hearts of our pure republican population of the presence of a Head of State whose only qualification is based on the name of her father? (c) Does the manager agree that this whole issue should be forwarded to Gerry Stembridge for recycling? (d) Does this sort of garbage fulfil the criteria for incineration? (e) Has the manger any idea of the length of time likely to answer the conundrum “When will they ever learn?” as set out below?
If ever there was a doubt about where the loyalty of Fine Gael really lay that doubt has been comprehensively put to bed by the slavish, cap tipping King Billy of Balllymun. One wonders what the people of Ballymun would think of King Billy's support for all things British. For those who do care about the British occupations of Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan the protest will begin at 7pm on Monday outside of City Hall.