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Vincent Browne goes for the jugular


borntorum

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Another Wednesday, another Irish Times opinion piece from Vincent Browne attacking the Labour Party. No great surprise there. But what is surprising is just how personally vicious he is towards Rabbitte and Gilmore, and in particular how he breaks the omerta of the Irish media over their dubious origins in the Workers Party.

His starting off point is Rabbitte's performance on the Week in Politics, where the Labour minister basically admitted lying before the last election:

On the RTÉ programme The Week in Politics on Sunday night Pat Rabbitte was pushed on this breach of an election promise. After the familiar waffling, diversions and faux indignation, he was finally obliged to acknowledge this was a breach of an election promise but added: “Isn’t this the kind of thing you tend to do during an election campaign?”, meaning: isn’t it part of our political culture to make promises during an election campaign which one doesn’t intend to keep?
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If a senior Fianna Fáil figure had said anything similar during the heydays of that party’s protracted periods in government office, think of the outrage that would have blazoned from the Labour benches, the vigour of Eamon Gilmore’s finger-wagging, the imperious corpulence of Pat Rabbitte raised to haughty indignation or yet more faux anger on a television screen.
"Imperious corupulence"! That will have to be used again.

The pay off is at the end of the article:

Eamon Gilmore and Pat Rabbitte were known as the “student princes” as they emerged from student politics, first into the trade union movement and then into the Sinn Féin the Workers’ Party, later the Workers’ Party, then Democratic Left before ending up in Labour.
Along that trajectory there was a piece of profound cynicism that should have alerted us: their claim of ignorance that the political movement they had joined (the Workers’ Party in its various incarnations) was funded in curious ways and that that movement’s protestations of peace and abhorrence of violence were less than plausible. But then wasn’t that the kind of thing you tend to do in politics?
Well, yeah. Rabbitte and Gilmore were intimately part of an organisation that had a paramilitary wing that was busy robbing banks and racketeering in the 70s and 80s. And yet few people in the media or even in the body politic itself seem concerned by this. Enda Kenny refused again yesterday to answer questions about the budget from Gerry Adams, instead engaging in whataboutery regarding Jean McConville. If he is so concerned about the past sins of politicians, why doesn't he ask what Rabbitte and Gilmore what they knew of the OIRA/Group B's actions in this state 20 or 30 years ago?

Labour's way is yet another confidence trick - The Irish Times - Wed, Dec 12, 2012
 


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I think Vinny needs to stoke up his ego in order to get through the holiday season... hence his outburst.:rolleyes:
SwK
 

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"imperious corpulence"

Beautiful vinny, just beautiful:)
 

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Kenny is hopeless and FG have blown it imo...

And Gilmore and Rabitte are even worse...

The fact that we're cursed with such an abysmal body politic in this country is depressing...
 

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The Stickies were never given any serious analysis by the Irish media.

Often because many Irish media organizatrions had stickies within them.

Or in the case of the Sindo, former stickied like Own Arse.

Excellent article by Vinny Browne. But he is only touching the surface.

The Stickies are a collection of power hungry, hypocrites who will promise anything to get into power. The stickies are so bad they make FFinished look principled.
 

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Good man Vinny, keep the pressure on these guys and show them as they really are.
 

Eoin Coir

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actually I never read either Browne o John Waters. Must stop buying Times on days they in it. As for VB, he has been a failure in everything he turned his hand to, The Tribune, Magill, Village. Had to sell his pad in Dalkey to pay debts on Village. Tried to get Haughey to offer him job with GIS, but was rebuffed. Tried to be allowed run for Europe for FG, was rebuffed.

A sad old man howling at the moon, a potential good mind wasted.
 

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I only saw the Pat Rabbitte clip last night. Disgusting.
If memory serves me right, those Tesco-esque ads came out towards the end of the campaign when polls were pointing towards a possible FG majority.

Just like the public signed pledge from Ruairi to students.

Fact is, Rabbitte/Quinn/Gilmore and co couldn't bare the thought of another term on the opposition benches.

Desperate Labour was desperate for votes and next time they'll be hemorrhaging those votes. But of course all of the above will be retiring just like the Cowens/Aherns/Harneys/Roches/Dempseys/Cullens and co.

Labour have shown themselves to be no different to the rest.
 

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I think Vinny needs to stoke up his ego in order to get through the holiday season... hence his outburst.:rolleyes:
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The toothless sheep nips at rabbit's ankle, sounds like a scene from Dandy
 

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Labour have shown themselves to be no different to the rest.
Whats the point in being different if no one is going to vote for you?

I suppose Labour should have said "We'll try and not cut childrens allowance too much, but we'll probably have to cut it a bit" before the last election.

The problem here isn't the political parties; its the electorate who insist on being fairytale economics before they consider voting for you.
 

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"imperious corpulence"

Beautiful vinny, just beautiful:)
If, as the bloated Rabbitte, now claims, a small increase in tax for the very wealthy would damage the economy, why did Labour try [& FFail] to get it included in the budget?
 

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Vb is a master of contrived outrage but it's all about ratings.
 

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Vinnie conveniently forgets (or pretends to forget) Bertie Scummer's 1997 pre-election promise to allow the Irish people a Referendum on Neutrality if Fianna Fail was elected to power.
 

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actually I never read either Browne o John Waters. Must stop buying Times on days they in it. As for VB, he has been a failure in everything he turned his hand to, The Tribune, Magill, Village. Had to sell his pad in Dalkey to pay debts on Village. Tried to get Haughey to offer him job with GIS, but was rebuffed. Tried to be allowed run for Europe for FG, was rebuffed.

A sad old man howling at the moon, a potential good mind wasted.
Only someone as servile as you could fail to notice the correlation between the 'successful media' and the state of the State, politically, economically and spiritually!
 

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Vb is a master of contrived outrage but it's all about ratings.
Agreed, but in this instance the workers party/OIRA bank robbing was anything but contrived. When the robberies dried up they then began printing the dosh instead. All of this was 30yrs ago and while current government ministers were members of these groupings.
But hey that northerner Adams is a bastard.
 

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The Stickies were never given any serious analysis by the Irish media.

Often because many Irish media organizatrions had stickies within them.

Or in the case of the Sindo, former stickied like Own Arse.

Excellent article by Vinny Browne. But he is only touching the surface.

The Stickies are a collection of power hungry, hypocrites who will promise anything to get into power. The stickies are so bad they make FFinished look principled.
Not so. Vincent Brown did a seriexof blistering articles on the Group B fund raising activities in Magill. This led to Rabitte and Gilmore denying any knoweldge of such on the LLS etc and the split followed soon after, led by Frank Ross/ P de Rossa, who was interned in the 1950s and who visited Nth Korea with Garland and who won a libel case against the Sindo when they alleged he had been in OIRA.

ps: say waht you like about garland and the late Tom Gill. At leaast they did not jump ship for a bowl of pottage.
 

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Agreed, but in this instance the workers party/OIRA bank robbing was anything but contrived. When the robberies dried up they then began printing the dosh instead. All of this was 30yrs ago and while current government ministers were members of these groupings.
But hey that northerner Adams is a bastard.
Gerry, or his brother Liam? Or both?
 

stakerwallace

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Agreed, but in this instance the workers party/OIRA bank robbing was anything but contrived. When the robberies dried up they then began printing the dosh instead. All of this was 30yrs ago and while current government ministers were members of these groupings.
But hey that northerner Adams is a bastard.
Hey VB was a member of FG once upon a time, possibly when the heavy gang was operating in the 70's under a FG government. It doesn't by any means implicate him in those actions of others.
 

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