EU: Irish Uprising - Easter 2016

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What better case study for 'Selective Memory' than the Nation that is of Ireland .... RoI, NI or I, In or Out?

The Easter Rising 1916 lasted for six days  Monday 24th April in a bid for freedom from British rule, to establish an independent Irish Republic. 

Set during the backdrop of WWI the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB) collaborated with other Irish independence groups, lack of cohesion and co-ordination between the groups led to failure.

Fear not failure, the uprising was an historical event that gave rise to Sinn Feinn a political representation for Irish Independence who in 1918 won 75 seats at parliament on a policy of abstentions and Irish independence.  The significance of this uprising has been well documented and with the Centenary of the Easter Rising approaching St Patrick's Day will no doubt begin weeks of merriment around the globe.

The Easter Rising in 8 mins :

Rebellion - a mini TV series: (yet to be seen on British TV?)  : - And, another, trailer:

Fictional characters? : "Constance was one of the first women in the world to hold a cabinet position (Minister for Labour of the Irish Republic, 1919–1922), and she was also the first woman elected to the British House of Commons (December 1918)—a position which she rejected due to the Sinn Féin abstentionist policy."


What have the Irish ever done for US?

The Irish Referendum & Lisbon Treaty :  (wiki) "The Irish referendum on the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe was a vote that was planned but did not occur. The referendum was expected to take place in 2005 or 2006 to decide whether Ireland should ratify the proposed EU Constitution.  Following the rejection of the Constitution by voters in the French referendum of May 2005 and the Dutch referendum of June 2005, the planned Irish referendum was postponed indefinitely." ... Signed 2009 : "The amendment was approved by the Irish electorate by 67.1% to 32.9%, on a turnout of 59%"


The EU Referendum :


Hmm ... "On the other hand, many in Ireland are refusing to face up to how problematic remembrance of the rising is, though some of the issues are now being played out in a drama series on Irish television. These issues include German collusion, lack of popular support, the cloying religiosity and sexism of some of the leaders, the absurd romantic presumption of a group of men to speak for Ireland and to demand allegiance from the population"

Not Quite

MM ;-? Thank f*ck they havn't fixed the Easter date ....





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UK - Mayflowers

9th March HoC debate:

UK to 'profit from renewed interest' in Mayflower

Culture, Media and Sport Minister David Evennett responds to the debate for the Government.

He tells MPs that it is "only right that the areas connected to the Mayflower profit from the renewed interest that citizens of the USA will have in visiting the UK as part of the 400th year anniversary in 2020".


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NI: Corporate Droppings

"...companies in Northern Ireland will have profits taxed at 12.5% compared to 19% in the rest of the UK.

The NI Executive hopes to use that as its major tool for attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).

The US is the largest investor in Northern Ireland with 175 companies employing over 24,000 people.

Arlene Foster and Martin McGuinness will be pitching the new tax powers to potential investors in New York, Washington and Silicon Valley."

Meanwhile in Blighty

"Employees on in-work benefits, such as tax credits, who put aside £50 a month would receive a bonus of 50% after two years - worth up to £600.

That could then be continued for another two years with account holders receiving another £600.

Meanwhile, the national minimum wage is also set to increase from October 2016."

'AsIF' .... 'Tis a new form of ISA ya know one of those tools that the Govt introduces to monitor, measure and lock in private investors ... fees.


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EU: The Irish Passport

"The Irish government has been forced to hire 200 extra workers in its passport office as British citizens, worried about the UK departing the European Union, seek Irish passports in record numbers.

Irish Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan said on Monday there has been a huge renewed interest in Irish citizenship this year.

He said: "We've had an unprecedented level of applications. We've had in excess of 200 new staff on a temporary basis in our passport office.”

"There is a heightened interest in Irish passport applications and Irish citizenship."

While Flanagan diplomatically refused to confirm it was from British passport holders, the fact is that the Brexit vote coincides with the huge demand."

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Lucky Stars ... Shenanigans

"... Martin Shanahan, the chief executive of the Industrial Development Agency (IDA), said many of the corporations looking to move were based in the City of London.

Shanahan said that while Ireland would try to make capital out of the UK voting to leave the EU, Brexit was not the outcome he or anyone else in Ireland favoured.

"He also said the IDA did not fear a Trump presidency would shut down American multinational investment into Ireland.

The IDA has a target to create an extra 80,000 jobs in the country by 2019, many of them from new US firms setting up their European base in Ireland.

Shanahan told the Guardian that Ireland’s low 12.5% corporation tax remained sacrosanct as one of the Irish Republic’s key fiscal policies.

Ireland will be the only English speaking country left in the EU after Brexit, giving Shanahan and his IDA colleagues extra impetus in their attempts to woo companies, some of which are based in the UK....

Shanahan stressed that the instability and uncertainty of global politics, from Brexit to Trump’s election win, might actually benefit Ireland.

“In the context of a very turbulent world Ireland looks very stable economically because of the strong growth in 2014, 2015, and it looks the same in 2016. And we look very stable from an enterprise and policy perspective as well.”...

"“Investors place great store in the fact that Ireland has been unwavering and consistent. They know exactly what they are getting, the fact that it is 12.5%. I do not see any circumstances, and this has been confirmed by the minister for finance, Michael Noonan, that it will change any time in the near future, or even the long-term future for that matter,” he said."

Oh ....


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Progressive Democracy

As above ... so below.

"The fate of progressive democracy over the next few years may be determined by the struggle to control a single word: betrayal.

We can be certain that the people who voted for Brexit and Donald Trump will be betrayed. The great uncertainty is who gets to define that treachery. The answer will determine whether the current crisis comes to be a seen as a warning that produced a healthy response – or as a prelude to a far deeper shift away from democratic values.

Brexit and Trump’s victory are complex phenomena. But there is considerable truth to the idea that both were driven by the anger of people who feel left behind by economic globalisation. Theresa May’s JAMs (people who are “just about managing”) and Trump’s “forgotten men and women” do actually exist.

They are not necessarily the people at the bottom of the pile – they are those who have something but are terrified of losing it. They have images in their heads of a former world (part real, part imagined) in which there were enough good, unionised industrial jobs to keep their communities thriving and enough access to education to make it possible for their kids to have better prospects.

Brexit and Trump gave these people opportunities to signal their distress in the most dramatic ways, by kicking political elites who seemed not to care about their lives."

Oh, OK:

"‘Don’t believe what I say, research what I say. I’m going up against the greatest liars in history … you’ve been tremendously deceived.’

The original Flat Earth Society fizzled out after the Soviets launched Sputnik – a satellite which reappeared at intervals and seemed to prove the Earth was round – but a new, defiant group of Flat Earthers have reappeared on the Flat Earth forums.

The forums are adamant the Earth is flat – but very emphatic about the fact that it IS NOT carried through space on the back of a giant turtle."

"But TV scientist Brian Cox believes that the particle collider has proved that ghosts don’t exist – because we haven’t detected anything that could carry information about us after death.

Speaking on Radio 4, Cox said, ‘We are not here to debate the existence of ghosts because they don’t exist.

‘If we want some sort of pattern that carries information about our living cells to persist then we must specify precisely what medium carries that pattern and how it interacts with the matter particles out of which our bodies are made."


Ah, so ...

"The exceptionality of this discovery is that observing five new states all at once is a rather unique event, researchers said....

"The new particles were found to be excited states – a particle state that has a higher energy than the absolute minimum configuration (or ground state) – of a particle called Omega-c-zero.

This Omega-c-zero is a baryon, a particle with three quarks, containing two “strange” and one “charm” quark.

Omega-c-zero decays via the strong force into another baryon, called Xi-c-plus, (containing a “charm”, a “strange” and an “up” quark) and a kaon K-.

Then the Xi-c-plusparticle decays in turn into a proton p, a kaon K- and a pion p+...."