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This Richard Boyd-Barrett character


Mitsui

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I've heard this guy's name mentioned in various contexts but tonight on Vincent Browne was the first time I actually saw & heard him.

He came acrosss to me as a dilletante bourgeois w*nker who thinks the whole world is all about his right to Have His Opinions Heard, to the extent that he doesn't waste his valuable time listening to anyone else before disagreeing with what he thinks they've said.

I'm perfectly willing to accept it if I'm wrong, but can someone clue me in? Should he be on my radar?

All I saw on screen was someone who could be in the Irish Green party but chose doctrinaire socialism instead. What is this man's background and what has he done that I should listen to his "opinions" (aka a mishmash of quotes from dead people who actually thought while they were alive).



And the way he talked across his 'lesser' fellow panelists was plain rude!
 


Herodotus

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He runs in Dun-Laoighre and nearly won a Dail seat. He got more first preference votes than the green candidate who got in in that constituency. He is a charismatic and passionate bloke. I met him once and although I disagree with his far left policies, he is a nice and intelligent character.
 

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I've heard this guy's name mentioned in various contexts but tonight on Vincent Browne was the first time I actually saw & heard him.

He came acrosss to me as a dilletante bourgeois w*nker who thinks the whole world is all about his right to Have His Opinions Heard, to the extent that he doesn't waste his valuable time listening to anyone else before disagreeing with what he thinks they've said.

I'm perfectly willing to accept it if I'm wrong, but can someone clue me in? Should he be on my radar?

All I saw on screen was someone who could be in the Irish Green party but chose doctrinaire socialism instead. What is this man's background and what has he done that I should listen to his "opinions" (aka a mishmash of quotes from dead people who actually thought while they were alive).



And the way he talked across his 'lesser' fellow panelists was plain rude!
Amen, the worst kind of left wing professional protestor type who really gets on my wick. A real obnoxious bourgeois kant who thinks the world owes everyone a living. He gives socialism a bad name.
 

Mitsui

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He was still very bloody rude on Vincent Browne. Especially when put together with that peculiar redheaded woman who has a weird attitude to womanhood. When I find myself rooting for Constantin G. (as I did tonight) I have to ask myself what's going on.

Sigh! Maybe it's just old age!
 

draiocht23

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I've heard this guy's name mentioned in various contexts but tonight on Vincent Browne was the first time I actually saw & heard him.

He came acrosss to me as a dilletante bourgeois w*nker who thinks the whole world is all about his right to Have His Opinions Heard, to the extent that he doesn't waste his valuable time listening to anyone else before disagreeing with what he thinks they've said.

I'm perfectly willing to accept it if I'm wrong, but can someone clue me in? Should he be on my radar?

All I saw on screen was someone who could be in the Irish Green party but chose doctrinaire socialism instead. What is this man's background and what has he done that I should listen to his "opinions" (aka a mishmash of quotes from dead people who actually thought while they were alive).



And the way he talked across his 'lesser' fellow panelists was plain rude!
Your radar? What kind of cataclysmic events happen when someone is added to that?

I heard him speak at a Forum on Europe debate last year and he was very articulate and reasonable. I think he seems like a nice bloke.

It was all a bit shouty this evening on telly though. I blame that rabble-rouser Daly person.
 

TommyO'Brien

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Actually RBB is a very decent guy. I have known him for years. I disagree with almost every opinion he has, but he is totally genuine. He is very intense and focused, and that can come across as rude, but I never found the guy rude or nasty or anything. He does however have his grandfather's intensity and as was the case with his grandfather, Cyril Cusack, that intensity can be intimidating. But I never found it deliberate. Indeed when told he was making someone uncomfortable with his intensity he would get embarrassed. It wasn't deliberate. On a personal level I liked him.
 

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I know him. He is a good guy with bad ideas but humane instincts. I'll say one thing for him though- if he were my TD, I'd be pretty sure that he would do all in his power to deal with any problems his constituents may have. Although I would think hard of voting for him (I'd give him a transfer maybe), I think people who challenge the consensus are needed in Irish politics. We are where we are today because of consensus- the consensus that allowed both Gov and Opp to sing from the same hymnsheet at the last election when they were trying to bribe us with money that they knew we wouldn't have.
 

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watch your back for the 'nice' ones

i don't understand how anyone who's come across him politically could not call him a backstabber.

eta;

if you're on the right you can ignore him as a nice commie, if your on the left you have to watch your back (and your feet)
 
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Mitsui

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Your radar? What kind of cataclysmic events happen when someone is added to that?
Well, gosh, nothing happens, really.

Nor, I think, does the mere use of the phrase suggest that anything cataclysmic might occur.

But that's a semantic debate. Genuinely sorry if the phrase offended you in some way. Certainly wasn't meant. I thought it was a pretty normal way of saying "should I pay attention if his name crops up as a participant in some upcoming debate/tv show/...whatever."

The original post was entirely genuine - not hoping to offend anyone. If this phrase offended you then no doubt I phrased it wrong.
 
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shutuplaura

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Yeah I have to add my voice to the chorus of approval, he seems like a genuine guy - if he's middle class then what of it??
 

Declan123

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Compared to two of the other contributors last night i.e Daly and Gurdiev -he was positively decent
 

Cogadh

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I've heard this guy's name mentioned in various contexts but tonight on Vincent Browne was the first time I actually saw & heard him.

He came acrosss to me as a dilletante bourgeois w*nker who thinks the whole world is all about his right to Have His Opinions Heard, to the extent that he doesn't waste his valuable time listening to anyone else before disagreeing with what he thinks they've said.

I'm perfectly willing to accept it if I'm wrong, but can someone clue me in? Should he be on my radar?

All I saw on screen was someone who could be in the Irish Green party but chose doctrinaire socialism instead. What is this man's background and what has he done that I should listen to his "opinions" (aka a mishmash of quotes from dead people who actually thought while they were alive).



And the way he talked across his 'lesser' fellow panelists was plain rude!
This is just the worst kind of superficial thinking by cliches. He's a x therefore he must be cliche y. In a way, precisely what got us into the economic basketcase that we are today.

On the program last night he was far from the worst, every time he tried to make a point David Quinn tried to cut across him, and Gurdgiev and Daly were constantly talking across one another and even talked across Vincent Brown when he tried to cut to an ad break.

Have no time for the man politically but he does come across as decent and any time I have seen him he's argued his points articulately and well.
 

Proposition Joe

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His economic policies are not my cup of chai, but he's a highly principled character who is worth listening to.

In the last GE, he was the only candidate in my constituency prepared to make a stand against the use of Shannon airport in support of war crimes.

Labour were too tied up with the interests of the SIPTU baggage handlers to see beyond the old "Iraq is good for business" canard.
 

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A smoked salmon socialist know all. I am sure he is privately very pleasant but then so was Mao. No sane person should vote for this loon.
 

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No sane person should vote for this loon.
And the alternatives in DLR?

Ciaran Cuffe: Disappeared some years ago into FF. Location unknown. His bike is still locked up outside.

Barry Andrews: Only in office bcause of his family connections. Doesn't bother reading reports on Child Abuse, let alone acting on anything.

The Rodent: was Minister for Teachers during the boom years, yet all she did was swan around to different photo ops. Rat infested prefabs not included. Former Treasurer of FF, need I say more.


Given these stalwarts, I'll take the 'loon' any day.
 

draiocht23

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Well, gosh, nothing happens, really.

Nor, I think, does the mere use of the phrase suggest that anything cataclysmic might occur.

But that's a semantic debate. Genuinely sorry if the phrase offended you in some way. Certainly wasn't meant. I thought it was a pretty normal way of saying "should I pay attention if his name crops up as a participant in some upcoming debate/tv show/...whatever."

The original post was entirely genuine - not hoping to offend anyone. If this phrase offended you then no doubt I phrased it wrong.
I was only joshing...must start using those smiley faces :eek:

Don't worry, you're not on my radar! :D
 

Fairplay

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RBB is Socialist Workers party and they control the people before profit alliance(PBP) which is registered as a separate political party.

RBB ran under the PBP banner in the election in which he almost unseated Cuffe.

Attended a couple of open leftie type meetings last year and noted the way sometimes he was SWP and othertimes PBP. Doubtless he picked up lots of lovely middle class votes under the PBP banner because the voters believed it to be a greenish community type of grouping rather than the SWP.
 

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I've heard this guy's name mentioned in various contexts but tonight on Vincent Browne was the first time I actually saw & heard him.

He came acrosss to me as a dilletante bourgeois w*nker who thinks the whole world is all about his right to Have His Opinions Heard, to the extent that he doesn't waste his valuable time listening to anyone else before disagreeing with what he thinks they've said.

I'm perfectly willing to accept it if I'm wrong, but can someone clue me in? Should he be on my radar?

All I saw on screen was someone who could be in the Irish Green party but chose doctrinaire socialism instead. What is this man's background and what has he done that I should listen to his "opinions" (aka a mishmash of quotes from dead people who actually thought while they were alive).



And the way he talked across his 'lesser' fellow panelists was plain rude!
Summed him up perfectly!
 

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Kerazee political ideology. Much envied for his articulacy by lesser performers in the ever-backbiting microleft circles.
But, middle class is no crime, and he's as people have said an earnest chap who means what he says and is on a personable level entirely daycent in my experience.
 

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