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Ganley just won’t shut up

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Jesus, what does it take to get this guy to shut up?  Resoundingly rejected by the electorate during the European elections, still under a cloud about the mysterious funding for that campaign and the first Lisbon vote, the guy lives and works in America, so what the fuck does he want coming to Ireland and spouting off about democracy?

First Interview
His first interview on the second Lisbon vote, the very very first interview, before anyone else, before he even announced coming back, was to the Wall Street Journal.  What does that tell us, people?

That Ganley’s only concern is business in the United States!  And what’s good for US business?  A weak and divided Europe, of course.

The Treaty in plain English
Just today, Ganley is again spouting any ould rubbish to scare people, banging on about a consolidated tax base.

That RUBBISH, people.  The French and Germans have been trying that for years and years, and the Brits and Irish are always shooting it down.  The EU does not, and will never have, any say in how the Irish goverment taxes it’s people and industries.  Never. 

Why?  

Because the Irish corporate rate of 12% is hugely lower than the big EU countries, and that’s why all those American firms came here to set up – Intel, Google, EBay, Yahoo, etc. etc. etc.

LOW TAXES

If you ask someone who’s voting “No”, why, they’ll say “Oh, abortion..” or “Tax!” or “Defense”.  But the Lisbon treaty doesn’t affect any of those issues at all.  100% BS.  Rubbish.  Lies.  Misleading.  Crap.  The Lisbon treaty says that on the issues that concern the EU

  • we’re changing how we vote
  • in the future, we can change again without having to pass new treaties

It doesn’t give the EU new powers over ANYTHING that the EU doesn’t already have power in. 
That means

  • Tax policy – no change
  • Health policy – no change
  • Defense policy – no change.


So what does he want?
Ganley wants a No vote because America doesn’t want a unified EU foreign policy.  Doesn’t want a unified EU trade position.  Doesn’t want a unified EU anything!  Furthermore, Ireland outside the core EU will be more reliant on the US.  We’ll need their investment more than ever.  Good trade deals.  Even less tax.  More incentives. 

Of course the US-based Ganley (with $7m contracts to the Pentagon) wants a No vote.  It’ll be good for HIM.

But an absolute fucking disaster for the rest of us.

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Written by seancasaidhe

September 14, 2009 at 12:11 pm

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Anti-Lisbon ideas!

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Just back from an interview in Dublin, so I had some time to think on the bus.  I came up with some pretty good ideas for the No Campaign against the Lisbon treaty.  I reckon that, seeing as how they’re all such awe-inspiring arguments, they need a common slogan to tie them all together.  I’m going for;

I’m with Stupid

Bear with me.  My idea is having this yokel in a T-Shirt adorned with, on one side, a Pro-Life sticker, and on the other, a badge in the form of the famous ‘Sniper on Duty’ sign from South Armagh.  Thus neatly marrying the craziness of the far-right-Christian lobby with the far-left Sinn Feiners.  And maybe one of those falling bomb outlines in the middle with “Libertas” written on, yer man Ganly having made all his money supplying munitions to the US and all.

Then there’d be “I’m with Stupid” above said yokel, and the obligatory “Vote NO for Lisbon” underneath.
I think it’s a bloody great idea.

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Written by seancasaidhe

September 1, 2009 at 5:35 pm

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Lisbon

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Talking to some people at work today about Lisbon, and everyone who is voting no are voting no for all the wrong reasons – anger about the management of the health service, ignorance of the treaty, incomprehension, anti-Fianna Fail sentiments and whatnot.

What they don’t have is a coherent reason for voting no. This demonstrates the huge success of the anti-treaty side. Anti-Treaty side, now there’s an evocative term, bringing to mind the Civil War and it’s lasting, painful legacy.

Unfortunately the anti-treaty side on Lisbon are all bloody crackpots, loons, racists and Shinners.

If they all started a political party, it’d be a cross between Monster Raving Looney Party and Eamon Dunphy! Who the hell would vote for them? It’d be all postal votes from the prisons and loony bins.

Speaking of Dunphy, he’s voting no to, and why? Because Bertie Ahern is voting yes. Now there’s a reason to junk an important treaty. But this from a man who can’t get into work sober on a regular basis, so forget about him.

But hey, he’s not alone! Libertas have been banging on about support from industrialists – while IBEC, the employers association, is pumping for a Yes vote, some shady military-industrial-complex people are supporting the No. Oh yeah, the Shinners are in great company there!

What this shows is that the mainstream political parties are completely, utterly, and totally, out of touch with the people. They’re fat and complacent. They should be, after FF got returned to power the last time. And if there’s a No vote, it’s because those self-same damned parties couldn’t organise a piss-up in a brewery.

The “Yes” campaign was so goddamned incompetent it makes me mad. Instead of explaining what’s going on, the city is full of posters of Gay bloody Mitchell smiling on a lamp-post with “Good for us”…

“Good for us”? WHAT’S GOOD FOR US? Explain, you freaking moron!

While Libertas are putting out posters lying about European Armies, the Yes campaign is putting up posters of inanly smiling politicos with dumb fucking slogans. Where’s the passion? Where’s the conviction? Gay Mitchell MEP is sitting on a big fat MEP paycheck every month and he can’t even work up to getting himself on TV tearing into Libertas and the Shinners?

I find myself agreeing with the Workers Solidarity Party. I hate that this important Treaty has been hidden in legalese, that EU governments don’t trust their citizens enough to present the Treaty to them and instead are passing it via parliamentary processes.

But that’s not going to stop me. I’ll be voting “Yes”, and why?
Well, it could be because I want Ireland to be top-dog for a while, the guys that disarmed the ticking timebomb, the ones that everyone owes BIG TIME. It could be because after 10 or 15 years of EU-funded propserity, I want the EU to work better. It could be because as someone who lives in another EU country, I need things to work better.

But I’d be lying. I’m voting yes becuase that tosspot Dunphy is voting no.

I’m voting Yes, because it’s Us or Them, and I don’t want to be one of Them, because they’re all crackpot two-bit nobodies. And I might be a crackpot two-bit nobody, but I’m not one of THEM!

So don’t be a freaking moron. Vote “Yes”, shut up, and sit down.

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Written by seancasaidhe

June 11, 2008 at 4:45 pm