- Feb 11, 2011
Now it really begins! The water protestors will now be referred to by the media as "mobs"! The term "sinister elements" will be used as much as possible. TDs will talk of "threats" being made against them. Some crackpot makes a phone call about a bomb and it gets headlines on the news. Another Labour TD talks about someone threatening his staff with bullets. A stupid RTÉ presenter asks a FG councillor if he was now a legitimate target! Jesus wept!The elected are there to represent us.
They are not there to rule us.
You gaelers always mistake one for the other.
By that logic, presumably you supported the introduction of the Local Property Tax?Doesn't everyone unemployed under 25 in this country get a 100 p/w in social welfare? You do know that's a reduction of 55% since 2009?
Who's overspending? That IW shambles throwing about money to beat the band, paying the board exuberant salaries, 20,000 for their logo etc? What a f*cking waste!
It's all about privatising/semi-privatising the water services in the future, otherwise payments for genuine water infrastructure/repairs could've been gathered at local council level. It's not unusual for the Troika to suggest things such as this, and of course the morons in FG would've saw it as a great little scheme, create a state utility from the ground up, then flog parts of it off in a few years to their buddies.
FG didn't win the GE and only achieved 76 seats.They do. FG campaigned on a promise to introduce water charges. The program for govt. included them, the govt. was elected by the Dail to implement that program.
A man whose previous tender for a mobile phone licence which was not in the national interest but in the interest of a FG minister who gave it to him gets the contract for supplying water meters? Governing in the national interest? Tony Soprano would be proud.A government's duty is to govern in the national interest - not to follow public opinion.
Why do Fine Gael supporters always wish harm on those who exercise their democratic right to protest?Lets hope that it was a very bad night with tempetures of -30 with 43 or 4 inches of snow with very strong winds and couple are in Sligo hospital with severe hypothermia.
JUDGING JOBSTOWN - ramshornrepublic.comDid your party cut core SW rates? Did Reilly lie about the prescription charges or did Kenny do the same about Roscommon hospital?
So.. your aim is to overthrow the middle classes?I have been trying to understand the rather OTT reaction we are witnessing from certain quarters to what was, in all reality, a fairly harmless kerfuffle. There appeared to be an appetite for protest emerging in recent weeks that seemed to put a lie to the oft-repeated suggestion that the Irish will submit to abuse and robbery without a whimper. A breaking point had been reached and suddenly mass protest was going to become the order of the day.
But, of course, we were wrong. We were happy to go for a pleasant family stroll down O'Connell St. on a Saturday afternoon, but anything beyond that and we lost our appetite for protest. And I think this is not down to a sudden rush of concern for Joan's welfare and the horrific injuries that the water bomb might have inflicted. No, it is due to a fear that serious protest would not so much challenge the government, but would pose a threat to the middle classes who suddenly got a glimpse of the prospect of real societal change and didn't like what they saw.
So we will continue on our merry way, upholding the status quo, as the financial sector and large corporations not only rob us blind but become the de facto government of the State and of Europe. Then it will be too late to protest.
It will be interesting to see who gets the blame for this in the Indo and RTE? No SP in Sligo, it's only Declan Bree that constitutes any serious left up there.Very good comments further down the page.