Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Gerry Adams for Taoiseach

Well, why not?

Nelson Mandela became President of South Africa; Yitzhak Shamir became Prime Minister of Israel; Yasser Arafat won the Nobel Peace Prize and was welcomed into the White House; Colonel Gaddafi was courted and praised by Tony Blair: history is replete with those who were once designated ‘terrorists’; incarcerated, reviled and repudiated, yet eventually welcomed to the political top table without repentance.

And why be a self-exiled minnow in Westminster when you could be a fully-communicant carp in the Dáil?

And credit where it’s due.

Sinn Féin never wanted the euro: the party opposed the Lisbon Treaty, and has been as consistently ‘eurosceptic’ as UKIP.

Well, perhaps not quite. But Sinn Féin was the only Irish party to oppose the Treaty, and Gerry Adams was unafraid of sharing the ‘No to Lisbon’ platform with other nutters, fruitcakes and gadflies.

It was also Gerry Adams’ stated position that the second referendum was based on fraudulent assurances of treaty amendments to assuage Irish concerns. Sinn Féin alone was of the view that what was a bad deal for Ireland in 2008 remained so in 2009.

And so Gerry Adams campaigned for a ‘No’, fully cognisant of the implications for national democracy and Irish sovereignty: he hasn’t dedicated his life trying to liberate the Republic of Éire from centuries of British subjugation only to see it subsumed to a Germanic Fourth Reich.

Sinn Féin knew what we all knew: a nation which adopts the euro is no longer sovereign. And Lisbon meant that Ireland's voting strength on the Council(s) of Ministers was reduced to a meagre 0.8 percent at the same time as Germany’s increased to 17 per cent and that of the UK to 12 per cent.

Gerry Adams is the foremost politician of Ireland’s nationalist party. For him, anything which compromises that sovereign and sanctified concept of nationhood – as, for example, the effects of the Common Agricultural Policy on Irish farms and rural communities – is anathema.

The awkward reality for Brian Cowen and his Fianna Fáil party is that Sinn Féin now have economic credibility and political clout. And Gerry Adams has sensed his moment, as deputy first minister Martin McGuinness explains: "The decision by Gerry to leave one of the safest seats in Ireland to seek election to the Dáil in Louth and to play a central role in the battle for Ireland's economic recovery is leadership in action."

The economic bail-out being thrashed out between the EU, the IMF and the UK is a national humiliation, and all indications are that it is about to bring the Irish Government down. The promise of an election ‘some time’ next year may be insufficient to hold the coalition together: why prop up a disgraced government and humiliated leader and give them time to regroup, when a swift kill might be preferable for your own electoral hopes?

Sinn Féin have become the people’s party.

And Gerry Adams is the people’s saviour from the economic morass into which they have sunk.

Yes, we once wanted him hanged, drawn and quartered like all traitors.

But the British Parliament from time to time has also demanded the execution of Nelson Mandela and Yitzhak Shamir.

And history vindicated them.

His Grace never thought he would see the day he posted a blog in praise of Sinn Féin and Gerry Adams, but on the question of Irish sovereignty vis à vis the European Union, they have been both consistent and right.

And His Grace is always generous and fair.

A simple sovereignty campaign message now, beyond the inane ‘A Better Deal In Europe’, would see Gerry Adams elected to the Dáil. The democratic will of the people in such a verdict would amount to a repudiation of the status quo and the demand for a renegotiation of Ireland’s relationship with the EU, which is likely to involve readopting the punt.

And if the politicians do not heed this, it is very likely that Gerry Adams – fiercely and sincerely advocating the heart-felt national interest by disparaging oppressive and unjust supra-national treaties which infringe nationhood, negate sovereignty and compromise proud traditions – would eventually be elected Taoiseach.

It worked for Hitler.

31 Comments:

Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace

‘And so Gerry Adams campaigned for a ‘No’, fully cognisant of the implications for national democracy and Irish sovereignty: he hasn’t dedicated his life trying to liberate the Republic of Éire from centuries of British subjugation only to see it subsumed to a Germanic Fourth Reich.’

Och!

Your Grace!

The irony is exquisite!

‘The Irish Republic is an interesting case in point. Indeed, one can see the very existence of the Irish republic as a clear contradiction of the underlying ideology of "Europe." By the beginning of the 20th century, Ireland was significantly over-represented in the Westminster Parliament of the United Kingdom. And the bloc of 80 or so Irish Nationalist MPs had even more disproportionate influence, their support often being necessary to sustain one government or another, in a way similar to that in which the Free Democratic Party in Germany has tended over long periods to have disproportionate influence in Germany. Yet the main purpose for which the Irish Nationalist bloc wielded its influence at Westminster was precisely to separate Ireland from the UK. After the Irish Free State, subsequently the Republic of Ireland, became politically independent from Britain, its citizens naturally lost their influence at Westminster. Yet, because Ireland's economy, and particularly its labor market, were tied in with Britain's, and because Ireland had - and has - no influence over world events, one can argue that in a significant sense Irish people had less power over many of the things that affect their daily lives as a result of independence. Yet Ireland had a demos which was distinct from that of Britain: the two demoi, at least in the opinion of most citizens of what became the Irish Republic, should not co-exist in a state. The mere fact of Irish representation, indeed over-representation, in the Westminster Parliament did not mean, in the opinion of most Irish people, that they were being governed democratically. Being governed democratically could, in the part of Ireland where that opinion held sway, only mean government of the Irish demos by the Irish demos. It was more important for the laws that applied to Ireland to be made in Ireland by Irish people, and by Irish people alone, than for Irish people to have some degree of influence over laws and policies made elsewhere and affecting a wider universe of people, even though those laws and policies might, through economic or international-relations routes, have a spill-over effect on Ireland. Ireland's rejection of influence and its acceptance even of a loss of power (with Ireland part of the United Kingdom, votes by Irish MPs in the Westminster Parliament had affected what Britain did externally, and Britain was the leading world power) in favor of independence and freedom was also a rejection of the Hegelian philosophy of the rise of the World-Historical Nation, at the expense of freedom, that underlies "Europe." ‘

Bernard Connolly, The Circle of Barbed Wire

23 November 2010 at 11:31  
Anonymous He's Spartacus said...

Good piece, Your Grace.

Adams would, after all, only be retracing the steps of other socialists like Gaitskell, Foot and Benn.

Coincidentally I posed a similar, although somewhat more flippant, question on Hannan's blog earlier today, asking whether we should expect a return to the armed struggle.

Perhaps it's not such a wonky idea after all.


God, how I wish David Davis had won the Tory leadership contest.

23 November 2010 at 11:33  
Blogger Anabaptist said...

I had always thought that Sinn Féin means 'ourselves alone', but according to Mr Wikipedia:
'The name is Irish for "ourselves" or "we ourselves", although it is frequently mistranslated as "ourselves alone".'

Who am I to gainsay that? Nevertheless, whatever the correct translation, it is clear that euroscepticism is bound into the party's very name -- a marked contrast with Salmond's vision of an independent Scotland within the European Union, which is a clear contradiction in terms.

23 November 2010 at 11:39  
Blogger Anabaptist said...

It worked for Hitler.

So may we expect to see a Dáil fire?

23 November 2010 at 11:43  
Anonymous Tony B said...

The night of the long shillelaghs, perhaps?

23 November 2010 at 12:16  
Blogger Graham Davis said...

I agree with you Cranmer. Although (probably) a former terrorist I have been impressed with Adam’s current democratic credentials. He has renounced violence and worked hard in support of the NI agreement. Good luck to him although it is Ireland that really needs the luck.

23 November 2010 at 12:57  
Blogger srizals said...

Well, Mr. Blair got invited to give a talk on integrity in Malaysia, so what? Everyone knows he's a liar.

23 November 2010 at 13:04  
Blogger Caedmon's Cat said...

While I abhor the violence and bloodshed that marred the republican and loyalist sides since 1969, I think it's a pity that we don't have a party over here that carries the same weight as Sinn Fein; the BNP has effectively been sidelined and demonised by the faux-liberal establishment as far-right morons who aren't worthy of consideration. On the other hand, Sinn Fein have a clear vision and are able to tap into the existing nationalistic spirit of many Irish Catholics.

I can't identify with Sinn Fein's hard-left ideology, but I certainly can with their desire for political independence.

23 November 2010 at 13:15  
Anonymous tory boys never grow up said...

Of course a committed nationalist such as Cranmer is only able to see anything from his own narrow perspective and does not realise how much of what has gone wrong in this world is attributable to those who are committed nationalists, while much of the rest can be blamed on religous fanaticism.

I don't suppose you even realise how offensive your comment about the 4th Reich is to many who don't share your narrow dogmatic views.

23 November 2010 at 13:19  
Blogger Owl said...

Your Grace,

I am astounded!

You have risen far above your ashes and have stated the obvious although it must have cost you considerable pain.

I am also humbled to have doubted you.

Mind you, the reference to Hitler was a bit daft, but we can make allowances.

23 November 2010 at 13:24  
OpenID Robert Eve said...

Adams wants out of the EU. Brown kept us out of the Euro.

Both are idiots but seem to have at least a little sense.

23 November 2010 at 13:26  
Blogger Gnostic said...

I'm sure the people who were injured or lost loved ones in the IRA's several mainland Britain bombing campaigns share your sentiments, Your Grace.

While I am as Eurosceptic as anyone can be and I have a great respect for the Irish in general (hardworking, warm and generous), I wouldn't share a platform with that murdering piece of s**t or his blood steeped bastard of a pal. There are some things you just can't forgive and taking innocent lives by planting bombs indiscriminantly is one of them.

23 November 2010 at 13:39  
Anonymous Budgie said...

If you kill one man the state claps you in jail as a murderer. If you kill thousands you are lorded as a statesman.

Adams is a murderer, if not directly then by association. He also failed politically. Sinn Féin were extreme socialists until the Berlin Wall was demolished by the people (as opposed to 'the People'). Adams was left with nowhere to go except negotiation.

Adams' opposition to the EU stems from his socialist statist nationalist thinking, not because of any love of democracy and tradition.

23 November 2010 at 14:15  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

@ Caedmon’s Cat (13:15)—… the BNP has effectively been sidelined and demonised by the faux-liberal establishment as far-right morons who aren’t worthy of consideration.

Miaow. As someone whose vote helped elect Nick Griffin to the European Parliament, I take exception to ‘far’. The time is approaching when, thanks to the European Union, immigration and Islam, nationalism will be the centre ground of politics.

23 November 2010 at 14:17  
Blogger Odin's Raven said...

Perhaps there's a progression for Adams from power in Northern Ireland, to power in Dublin, to power in Europe. Discard the so-called principles, concentrate on personal advancement.

23 November 2010 at 14:27  
Anonymous Tony B said...

>BNP has effectively been sidelined and demonised by the faux-liberal establishment as far-right morons who aren't worthy of consideration.

That's because they are far right morons etc etc

23 November 2010 at 14:30  
Anonymous Steve said...

I think Your Grace might need a little lie down.

Sinn Féin - Ireland's nationalist party?? What, the only one? The 'Warriors of Fál' or the 'Tribe of the Irish' - Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to you and me - would dispute that, as maybe would the SDLP.

Sinn Féin - Ireland's peoples party?? Maybe the party of the people who vote for them, but that amounted to less than 7% at the 2007 Irish general election.

After yesterday's Sinn Féin led rabble rousing stunt at government buildings in Dublin, the people's champion would appear to be the helmeted guard who, armed with a stick, single-handedly pushed back what I imagine in days gone by would have been the Dublin Brigade of the IRA. If anyone deserves to be Taoiseach, there's our man!

But, Your Grace ... "Gerry Adams is the people’s saviour from the economic morass" ... are you on medication?

Gerry announced to us all last week that he was aiming to win a seat in Dáil Éireann because he has 'new' ideas to get Ireland out of its present mess. I won't hold my breath, but I suspect the only time his economic ideas were 'new' was the day Marx & Engels published them.

Looking on the bright side, from a pro-union perspective, a Sinn Fein Taoiseach, be it Adam's or any of his party clones, would seal forever the partition of Ireland.

23 November 2010 at 14:40  
Anonymous JayBee said...

His Grace never thought he would see the day he posted a blog in praise of Sinn Féin and Gerry Adams, but on the question of Irish sovereignty vis à vis the European Union, they have been both consistent and right.

His Grace should beware of falling into the trap of regarding the enemy of his enemy as his friend for Sinn Féin is hardly an ally of the UK. We have significant investments in the Irish banking institutions that are teetering on the brink of insolvency but socialist Sinn Féin would not bail out the banks nor recompense international investors who they regard as financial speculators and whose greed they blame for overheating the Irish economy.

As champions of national independence for any sovereign nation we might rejoice at a separatist victory in the Dáil and doubly so if they were able to liberate themselves from the clutches of the EUSSR but whatever the colour of its government, Ireland is going to cost us a lot of money and political discomfort.

23 November 2010 at 15:01  
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23 November 2010 at 15:05  
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23 November 2010 at 15:07  
Blogger Little Black Sambo said...

Although (probably) a former terrorist I have been impressed with Adam’s current democratic credentials.
Probably? Can't you remember?

23 November 2010 at 15:08  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace

Mr Rottenborough really does speak a profound truth:

‘The time is approaching when, thanks to the European Union, immigration and Islam, nationalism will be the centre ground of politics’.

‘The philosophical root of Marxism is found in Hegel. So is the philosophical root of racism, and so too is the root of totalitarian nationalism. If the EU/NSU bans the nation-state, it risks leading either to the anarchy, the gangsterdom, of class, race, tribal, linguistic, or religious self-interest or to the authoritarian imposition of empire. (The scenarios presented at a seminar a couple of years ago by the EU Commission's Forward-Planning Unit all envisage some variant of chaos followed by the imposition of authoritarian "European" rule.) "Classes," in all countries, and races, in many countries, interact with each other on a daily basis. If there is class or racial conflict it is immanent. Nations are, in contrast, geographically distinct from each other. The whole point of the nation-state is to maintain at least some aspects of separateness from other countries while creating a national community that minimizes the risk of class or race conflict within the nation. That is, a nation-state is defined by the willingness of its citizens to say, "We, and only we, will make the laws that govern us, and only us.”’

It is in the political interest of the Communist and the Fascist to have the EU – until that moment comes when the nation-state collapses ‘… leading either to the anarchy, the gangsterdom, of class, race, tribal, linguistic, or religious self-interest or to the authoritarian imposition of empire’.

23 November 2010 at 15:27  
Anonymous He's Spartacus said...

@tory boys never grow up

I don't suppose you even realise how offensive your comment about the 4th Reich is to many who don't share your narrow dogmatic views.

Is there still a prize for spotting an offense-seeker? Probably not. They're as easy to find as fecal matter in a sewer.

My great aunt, a woman, a Protestant and a patriot, rose to the very top of the Irish Civil service, no mean feat under de Valera's government.

She headed the Sean Lemass delegation to Belfast in January 1965, chaired the 1970 UN Commission on the Status of Women (which put an end to the marriage bar), and was a member of the Board of The Irish Times.

In 1973, when Ireland joined the Common Market, she was entirely in favour, but told me of her fear that the sovereignty and nationhood for which she and many others struggled peacefully for so many years would eventually cease to exist.

Today I haven't the slightest doubt that she is turning in her grave.

23 November 2010 at 17:02  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

@ Mr Singh (15:27)—The nation state is the best hope the people have of remaining free. The brave new world envisaged by the élites, continental governments leading eventually to world government, would be a world of authoritarian rule.

At the moment, I’m reading The Hidden Hand: Britain, America and Cold War Secret Intelligence by Richard J Aldrich. It has a fascinating chapter on American support for a united Europe, starting just after the Second World War. The support, millions of dollars, was made available covertly through the CIA and other agencies and committees. The élites have been planning the end of the nation state for over half a century. I don’t know if voting UKIP or BNP will preserve the nation state but what else can we do?

23 November 2010 at 20:03  
Anonymous Oswin said...

Your final line, Your Grace, was it an after-thought, or your entire point?

For sure, God does indeed move in a mysterious way His wonders to perform.

''For my thoughts are not your thoughts ...'' Isaiah 55:8-9

23 November 2010 at 20:03  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What goes around comes around my father (of eire descent) taught me.Which is good,as it happens, because he a descendant of west meath married a descendant of oliver cromwell the man who chased them out of that neck of the woods.So you forgive and "forget" that is the way of life.My brother escaped being blown up twice by the IRA and in the years of the troubles many tears were and are still shed.But time has moved on and for euro sceptics a big hitter has come on to the stage.I can't vote for him but he has my support but then my enemies enemy is my friend and that is as old as time.bye the way welcome back your grace.

23 November 2010 at 20:09  
Anonymous dan said...

Time for your medication, Your Grace.
This was your worst effort ever.
Complete and utter shite really.

23 November 2010 at 23:53  
Anonymous Linus said...

For Gerry Adams to become Taoiseach Sinn Féin would have to rise from the 4 seats it currently holds to at least 70. While Sinn Féin will make gains in the forthcoming election I very much doubt it will be anything even near the magnitude necessary. Furthermore, for Gerry Adams to become Taoiseach would necessitate a monumental ideological shift for the vast majority of the Irish population who have consistently, practically since the establishment of an independent Irish state, given the majority of their votes to the two main parties, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, which are both centre right parties.

24 November 2010 at 10:29  
Blogger Caedmon's Cat said...

@Johnny Rottenborough

"...@ Caedmon’s Cat (13:15)—… the BNP has effectively been sidelined and demonised by the faux-liberal establishment as far-right morons who aren’t worthy of consideration.

Miaow. As someone whose vote helped elect Nick Griffin to the European Parliament, I take exception to ‘far’. The time is approaching when, thanks to the European Union, immigration and Islam, nationalism will be the centre ground of politics...."

Mr Rottenborough - I don't think you understood the thrust of my argument. Your quotation of that extract from my post is NOT a reflection of my own opinion; it's an impression that is laboriously foisted upon us by the so-called 'liberal' media, whose views in fact represent the very fascism they purport to oppose. I have never voted BNP, but I vehemently support their right to publicly declare their views without the baying of unreflective and posturing opponents.

26 November 2010 at 10:18  
Anonymous CT said...

Your Grace says "Gerry Adams is the foremost politician of Ireland’s nationalist party."

I say Gerry Adams is a mass murderer in a business suit and the Lord help us all if decent people are ever allowed to forget that. Those of us living in Belfast know exactly what he was and what he is.

If Your Grace is ever granted a personal audience with him be sure to ask where he was, say, on 17 February 1978.

On that day of infamy seven women and five men, dining at La Mon hotel outside Belfast, were incinerated where they sat by an IRA napalm bomb. Dozens more suffered horrific injuries that ruined their lives.

Read the details here and try not to weep over your keyboard as you imagine the unspeakable agonies inflicted on the innocent by Gerry Adams' Irish nationalists:

http://tinyurl.com/3yvgzhd

Hell will not be full until Gerry Adams burns in it as fiercely as the victims of La Mon.

We will not forget. Ever.

28 November 2010 at 15:38  
Blogger J.J.A. Richardson said...

There is not a word of the Sinn Féin manifesto I can personally find disagreement with. Brian Cowen was Ireland's Gordon Brown. Enda Kennedy could very well be their David Cameron. Incompetent failure to regulate the criminality of the banking system, followed by devastating social injustice caused by vicious and illiterate cuts that are driven ideologically. The democratic socialist party could find instigation through resistance to this if occurring.

2 March 2011 at 14:39  

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