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If Sarah Palin ever needs a job - it looks like she'd be welcome in Mayo

category mayo | elections / politics | other press author Friday October 03, 2008 02:46author by Advertiser Report this post to the editors

Labour Party approves of Palin

Harry Barrett, Labour Party Rep in Mayo, writes glowingly about Sarah Palin in the current issue of the Mayo Advertiser.

"One of her first acts as newly elected governor of Alaska was to renegotiate a taxation deal with the Alaskan oil companies", he points out.
palin_with_stuffed_bear.jpg

He reckons that Sarah would be a lot more useful in Mayo than the current crop of local politicians. They complain about poor funding for the county while sitting on their hands while others fight against the rip off of Irish energy.

He says: “Meanwhile, we have to endure the bleating of the very same politicians who bemoan the fact that Mayo receives poor road funding, poor sewerage treatment funding and has the dirtiest water quality in the country due to under funded group water schemes. When will the penny drop, that renegotiating this ‘deal’ could provide the funding for these essential projects. We have thousands of homes in this county that still cannot access clean water from the tap. We now need a Sarah Palin, a politician with backbone, to demand a share of what is rightfully ours.”

Read the full article here: http://www.advertiser.ie/mayo/article/2385

The funny thing is, we didn't hear very much from the Labour Party during the recent visit to Ireland of the Shell pipeline laying ship The Solitaire. At protests around the country in support of Maura Harrington's brave hunger strike, and the stance of the local fisherman to defend their fishing grounds, the Labour Party placards that have been so visible in the past were notably absent. As far as support in the current fight against Shell, Labour (and Labour Youth- are they still going?) was invisible.

Seems a bit strange to complain about politicians who accept the poor deal we get for our resources when you own party is quiet on the issue.

Maybe they were out hunting bears.

Related Link: http://www.advertiser.ie/mayo/article/2385
author by Michaelpublication date Fri Oct 03, 2008 13:22author address author phone Report this post to the editors

saw the debate last night and she can waffle as well as the best of them- she'd feel very at home at a meeting of Mayo County Council.

author by EF - LY (per cap)publication date Fri Oct 03, 2008 14:49author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"At protests around the country in support of Maura Harrington's brave hunger strike, and the stance of the local fisherman to defend their fishing grounds, the Labour Party placards that have been so visible in the past were notably absent. As far as support in the current fight against Shell, Labour (and Labour Youth- are they still going?) was invisible."

http://www.indymedia.ie/article/89107

Labour Youth fully supports Shell to Sea and the actions taken to defeat this project

Related Link: http://www.labour.ie/youth/campaigns/index/20050804113248.html
author by socialistpublication date Fri Oct 03, 2008 16:27author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Ef is right, in that in some area, LY have done good work on S2S. However, EF, that shouldn't mean the softness of the Labour Party on the issue of natural resources should go uncriticised. The fact that the position of the Labour party on the current economic crisis is in line with the bosses' concensus (ie: bail out the fat cats, let the population eat cake), IMO tells people all they need to know about the politics of that party. That's not to say LY doiesn't have some genuinely good activists.

author by Ricardo Sanzpublication date Sat Oct 11, 2008 11:23author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"Labour Youth fully supports Shell to Sea and the actions taken to defeat this project"

Supporting something is useless unless it is backed up by action. Whilst Labour Youth have done some good activism around the issue I think they constantly overstate this to recruit people. They did nothing during the hungerstrike or the attempts to stop the solitaire.

 
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