The party game is over. Stand and fight

arcadeparade

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Another brilliant article as usual from Pilger :

The lesson of the French anti-government protests is that “normal” politics exists only to promote corporate interests. Britain must prepare for a rebirth of the only thing that works — direct action.
He's writing about the British cuts buts the exact same article could be written about Ireland.

"Rise like lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number!
Shake your chains to earth, like dew
Which in sleep had fall'n on you:
Ye are many - they are few."
Nice quote at the start to wake us up this morning. :p

These days, the stirring lines of Percy Shelley's "Mask of Anarchy" may seem unattainable. I don't think so. Shelley was both a Romantic and political truth-teller. His words resonate now because only one political course is left to those who are disenfranchised and whose ruin is announced on a government spreadsheet.

Born of the "never again" spirit of 1945, social democracy has surrendered to an extreme political cult of money worship. This reached its apogee when £1trn of public money was handed unconditionally to corrupt banks by a Labour government whose leader, Gordon Brown, had previously described "financiers" as the nation's "great example" and his personal "inspiration".

This is not to say parliamentary politics is meaningless. It has one meaning now: the replacement of democracy with a business plan for every human activity, every dream, every decency, every hope, every child born.
No rationale

The old myths of British rectitude, imperial in origin, provided false comfort while the Blair gang built the foundation of the present "coalition". This is led by a former PR man for an asset stripper and by a bagman who will inherit his knighthood and the tax-shielded fortune of his father, the 17th Baronet of Ballintaylor. David Cameron and George Osborne are essentially fossilised spivs who, in colonial times, would have been sent by their daddies to claim foreign terrain and plunder.

Today, they are claiming 21st-century Britain and imposing their vicious, antique ideology, albeit served as economic snake oil. Their designs have nothing to do with a "deficit crisis". A deficit of 10 per cent is not remotely a crisis. When Britain was officially bankrupt at the end of the Second World War, the government built its greatest public institutions, such as the National Health Service and the arts edifices of London's South Bank.
Expect the usual posters here ignoring the facts of this article since its written by the great Pilger.

I like his ending to the piece too:
There is no other way now. Direct action. Civil disobedience. Unerring. Read Shelley and do it.
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Another general call to action without a target or prospect of real change.

Seriously, who is to be fought against? The next government will be tied into the same legal fiscal obligations this one is, no matter who is in power. And are the most angry critics of the government doing anything other than fluffing their own egoes? No.

Lets face it no party has called for removal of legislation that protects Ministers, TD, Judges and civil servents pay. Pull at one and risk the ire of all. One of the sickest things about this mess is the cynical attempts to manipulate public opinion while simultaniouly avoiding upsetting vested interests. To date only Eamon Gilmore has suceeded in pulling it off sucessfully. But not even SWP has attempted to mess with Joe Higgens clutch of golden eggs.
 

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Of course 'the great Pilger' and his like could have stood in the recent election and he could now be prime minister - without a drop of blood being spilt - but to do that he would have to present an alternative economic solution that people would take seriously.

But of course calling for 'Direct Action' is just so cool.
 

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Another general call to action without a target or prospect of real change.

Seriously, who is to be fought against?]
The fight is against the institutions which have the most power in this country, in Irelands case wealthy big businesses which call the shots in this country.

The next government will be tied into the same legal fiscal obligations this one is, no matter who is in power.
This isnt true, they are alternatives such as a wealth tax, and a more progressive taxation system. Doherty of SF was talking about it on Vincent Browne last night, although SF dont go far enough.

And are the most angry critics of the government doing anything other than fluffing their own egoes? No.

Lets face it no party has called for removal of legislation that protects Ministers, TD, Judges and civil servents pay. Pull at one and risk the ire of all. One of the sickest things about this mess is the cynical attempts to manipulate public opinion while simultaniouly avoiding upsetting vested interests. To date only Eamon Gilmore has suceeded in pulling it off sucessfully. But not even SWP has attempted to mess with Joe Higgens clutch of golden eggs.
I agree with you on Eamon Gilmore, he is a spoofer. I dont understand anything else you wrote in this last paragraph. What is that Joe Higgins reference about?
 

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Another brilliant article as usual from Pilger :



He's writing about the British cuts buts the exact same article could be written about Ireland.



Nice quote at the start to wake us up this morning. :p





Expect the usual posters here ignoring the facts of this article since its written by the great Pilger.

I like his ending to the piece too:


Continued here:
New Statesman - The party game is over. Stand and fight
If he is planning another French style revolution I would rather fancy taking on the role of Napoleon as soon as pilger and his rabble prove incapable of running things. Of course I wouldn't make the mistake of invading Russia :)
 

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Spot on article.

This whole partisan politics and political party thing has been irrelevant meaningless nonsense for some time now.

Not even nonsense - it has been much more insidious than that - tending to disempower people politically in REAL terms, to the advantage of corrupt and exploitive political and business institutions.

It's got to be said too that p.ie has been one of the worst offenders in this regard in the past - with regard perpetuating and encouraging this kind of partisan thinking and I would even say 'non-thinking' owing to allegiance to one or other political party or view or whatever.

So, to do a proper about turn will take some time methinks. Roll on.
 

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Of course 'the great Pilger' and his like could have stood in the recent election and he could now be prime minister - without a drop of blood being spilt - but to do that he would have to present an alternative economic solution that people would take seriously.
Indeed, that's always worked for people here - just look at folks like Jackie Healy Rae.
 


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