How Populism Works: Charles J Haughey and the Perils of Walking on Water- Part one: Rise and Fall, and Rise

RGS History


I want to write about a politician who made himself the central political figure in his lifetime. He had charisma, the popular touch, and his ambition knew no bounds; he even had a splendid mane of sometimes unruly hair. He was the darling of his party, who knew exactly how to tickle exactly the right place on the membership’s funny bone. He was the chancer’s chancer, playing fast and loose throughout his career with fact, policy, law, the public finances and his personal life. More than once his career, rocked by scandal, seemed over, but he bounced back.

And he became prime minister.

Nothing ever stuck. Back in September 1985, whilst leader of the opposition, whilst sailing to his privately owned island off the coast of Co Kerry, his private yacht came close to the rocks and he had to be saved by the local lifeboat crew. Later, standing the…

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Blown Away: Counting the Colossal Cost of Cleaning Up ‘Clean’ Energy’s Monstrous Mess


Giant industrial wind turbines have an economic lifespan around 15 years, after which the chances are that they’ll be left to rust in some idiot’s back paddock.

Decommissioning these things properly at a sizeable wind farm would run into the hundreds of millions. Then there’s the toxic waste.

Already, thousands of 45-70m blades are being ground up and mixed with concrete used in the bases of other turbines erected later or simply dumped in landfill. Which should worry locals: the plastics in the blades are highly toxic, and contain Bisphenol A, which is so dangerous to health that the European Union and Canada have banned it.

Following that theme, Tony Thomas takes us on a tour of our wonderful wind powered future.

Inherit the Wind
Quadrant Online
Tony Thomas
7 November 2019

It’s good to know that wind turbine blades are a bird’s best friend, or something like…

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The union wage premium is no more


The Great Escape continues @Greenpeace @Oxfam

Guardian revives lie that there are Palestinian “political prisoners” in Israel

A Guardian article (“Lawyer criticises secretive Israeli case against Gaza aid worker”, Nov. 28), by their Jerusalem correspondent Oliver Holmes, included the following claim:

More than 4,700 Palestinian security detainees and political prisonersare held by Israel, some of them under administrative detention, which allows authorities to detain people without charge or trial.

However, there are no Palestinian “political prisoners” (a term widely understood as referring to people “imprisoned for their political beliefs”) in Israeli prisons.  And, in fact, the source cited in that sentence, the anti-Israel NGO B’tselem, doesn’t cite any “political prisoners” in their list of prisoners.

Amnesty International, in their 2017/18 annual report, does list one Palestinian, Ahmed Qatamesh, as a “prisoner of conscience”, but this doesn’t appear to be true, as reports at the time noted that he was arrested because he was a “senior member” of the terror group Popular Front for the Liberation…

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Scientist Explains How Some People Need Only 4 Hours of Sleep | @WIRED

Pablo Escobar’s Millions Found in Old Drums

Is this re-imprisonment high or low? @sst_nz @justspeaknz @NZJusticeIdeas @actionstations


Why does Russia Own Kaliningrad/ Königsberg?

Sargent (1981) on the unpleasant monetary arithmetic of Thatcherism


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