Back in September the journal.ie, an online Irish news and current affairs website, held a poll asking its readers if they believed in global warming. Leaving aside the idiocy of asking the question in the first place (where have these people been for the last decade?) only 44% of those who took part in the poll replied that they did believe in it while an astonishing 42% indicated that they did not believe in climate change. Of course in recent years the commentariat of the Journal has an gained an unenviable reputation in Ireland as an online home for those expressing some quite extreme right-wing socio-economic views so perhaps this is no big surprise. If Ireland has a “Tea Party” movement then thejournal.ie is where it gathers (though it is worth bearing in mind the statistics on web use from the Guardian which indicate that over 90% of its Comments are left by less than 10% of its online readers). However in this report on the rally today by senior citizens in Dublin protesting the continued policies of indentured servitude being inflicted on its own people by the Fine Oibre coalition government the basic inhumanity of Ireland’s far right (for such they are) is revealed in all its online glory. Screw the old. Screw the young. Screw the ill. Screw the weak. Screw everyone but the rapacious Neo Ascendancy at the top and its parasitical hangers-on in the glorification of all that is self.
Such is the ideology of the Mé Féin movement. But then Jonathan Swift summed up their unchanging views far better than I: A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People From Being a Burthen to Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Publick.