Richard Boyd Barrett

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Does anybody else think that Richard Boyd Barrett cannot be taken seriously?

He lives in one of the more wealthy parts of town, yet he tries to pull off an image of someone who lives in a less well off area, who is a hero for the workers?

To me he is a fake. Thankfully he does not stand a snowball's chance in hell that he will get elected.
 


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Not all of DL is an affluent area.
 

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Not the biggest fan of RBB, personally or politically, but he's genuine in his commitment.
 

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Ceacg said:
Does anybody else think that Richard Boyd Barrett cannot be taken seriously?

He lives in one of the more wealthy parts of town, yet he tries to pull off an image of someone who lives in a less well off area, who is a hero for the workers?

To me he is a fake. Thankfully he does not stand a snowball's chance in hell that he will get elected.
Heres somebody who swallows everything the Sindo publishes.

It was a hatchet job and a the poorest example of journalism in a decade
 

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I always liked him when I saw him on television. I haven't a clue where he's standing or even if he's in a political party (is he a green?), but anytime I heard him speak he came across as passionate about what he thought. I like him
 

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I'll agree that he seems to believe in what he's standing for. I just don't trust him.
 

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In fact he's one to watch for a very long shot.
There's always one, somewhere in the country, every election.

He'll probably make it sometime.
Eamon Gilmore was knocking on the door in Dunlaoghaire for a long time and got in eventually. Boyd-Barrett is young yet.
 

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L'Chaim said:
I always liked him when I saw him on television. I haven't a clue where he's standing or even if he's in a political party (is he a green?), but anytime I heard him speak he came across as passionate about what he thought. I like him
Hes with the PBP group and chairman of the IAWM. He is also a member of the SWP.

Hes running in DL/Rathdown.
 

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It'll be a very dark day when an SWPer gets into the Dáil no matter the constituency.
 

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Indeed of the five People Before Profit candidates, four are high-profile and long-standing members of the Socialist Workers Party. The last, a former member of Labour in Wicklow.

People Before Profit is not, however, and SWP front. Because the SWP says so.
 

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Christian Democratic Party seem to be taking a leaf out of the SWP and running there candidates as independents.
 

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Well, if he is a fake, he spends a hell of a lot of time and effort faking it. You're right he won't be elected but I think he'll get around 3k first prefs - if he stays ahead of SF's O'Broin he should stay in it for a few counts. Some of the middle class in the constituency like the work he does on 'Save our Seafront'. I'll be voting for Eamonn Gilmore but I'll give Richie a number 2 - Oisin Quinn rubs me up the wrong way, for some reason.
 
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I know him and I cannot agree with his ideas, but I do not question his belief in them. Everytime I meet him, I ask him if the workers revolution is any closer and he usually reckons that it is. The upside of someone like him is that one can be certain that he is unlikely ever to be on the take- the downside is that his economic ideas have been discredited by history and are totally unworkable. His profile has been helped by the whole anti-war thing- he used to be just some bloke hanging around universities converting young folks to the virtuous life of a socialist worker, but now he has a decent enough profile in Dublin. He is an exceptionally earnest person who believes in his heart of hearts that worker control of the means of production is the way to go (unless he has changed) and that Ireland, due to the use of Shannon by the US, is now party to a kind of modern imperialism. I cannot fault his committment- he has been advocating the same ideas for well over a decade and is not afraid to look silly for his beliefs; but I could never vote for him or support him because he is profoundly wrong on economic matters, as doctrinaire socialists tend to be.
 

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He also chairs a huge number of campaigns and organisations - including presiding over the disintegration of the IAWM. Still, Vincent Browne is giving him a scratch.
 

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baldur0300 said:
It'll be a very dark day when an SWPer gets into the Dáil no matter the constituency.
We have experienced darker days. Like the seven Budget days Charlie McCreevy stood up in the Dail and faithfully delivered PD budget after PD budget until he became such a political liability, Ahern, in a magnanimous gesture of self-preservation, booted him out of the Cabinet and off to Europe.
 

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Ceacg said:
Does anybody else think that Richard Boyd Barrett cannot be taken seriously?

He lives in one of the more wealthy parts of town, yet he tries to pull off an image of someone who lives in a less well off area, who is a hero for the workers?

To me he is a fake. Thankfully he does not stand a snowball's chance in hell that he will get elected.
this is a really bogus arguement. same one used to give out about wealthy people in the labour party etc. as if those on the left should all be poor and working class, and those who are doing well shouldn't care about others in society. i am no fan of richard's policies, but i think he is genuinely committed to his politics.... what's your reason for being in fianna fail? Should we all have to justify our political beliefs?
 

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"Mary Harney is boasting about the health service but she should hang her head in shame."

One thought of his I can agree with.
 

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Pauli said:
baldur0300 said:
It'll be a very dark day when an SWPer gets into the Dáil no matter the constituency.
We have experienced darker days. Like the seven Budget days Charlie McCreevy stood up in the Dail and faithfully delivered PD budget after PD budget until he became such a political liability, Ahern, in a magnanimous gesture of self-preservation, booted him out of the Cabinet and off to Europe.
Would that be the same Minister who's budgets consistantly made the lives of people in this country better. That decreased the tax burden for everyone and increased social welfare and pensions.

Oh yes I suppose the real issues affecting Irish people are Shell, bin taxes and the Iraq war :roll:
 


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