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Former UN official returns honour in protest

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

The decision shortly before the end of last month by Denis Halliday a former Irish UN official to return an honour (Presidents Medal) he had received to NUI Galway goes to the heart of the debate it Ireland about how successive governments have eroded the neutrality and peacekeeping ethic built up over generations by the Irish Defence Forces.

https://www.irishtimes.com/…/halliday-in-protest-over-honor…

Halliday was protesting against the decision to award an honorary degree to former Taoiseach Enda Kenny by the University and he said in a statement that Mr Kenny had “failed to respond to the concerns of many Irish people who believe in Irish neutrality “.

Mr Halliday said he believed he represented those who supported Irish military participation in UN peacekeeping functions, but opposed the Government’s facilitation of use of Shannon airport by the US military.

Factors such as the participation of the Irish Defence Forces in EU military structures, the British-Irish military accord and the continued use of Shannon by military flights by the US have energised the peace and neutrality lobby in the State in recent years.

Image: Irish Defence Forces have served with the UN as peacekeepers over fifty years. Many believe the erosion of neutrality undermines the credibility that troops have earned – often at great cost.

Bernard Moffatt
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13/11/17

 

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‘I’m sorry’ – not half as much as we are!

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

News from Mannin Branch of the Celtic League:

Quayle averred on Panorama that he was sorry if there had been wrongdoing. It was a pathetic performance as the drip drip of allegations continues.

However Quayle is not half as sorry as the ordinary folk on this Island many who struggle to survive who are tarnished with the image of an Island used by celebs and oligarchs whose administration is not fit for purpose!

Again the ordinary Manx people are the losers as their beautiful Island is dragged through the mud so some can line their pockets. Tax schemes involving millions on an Island of food banks and child poverty.

Quayle should be apologising to us by submitting his P45!

Bernard Moffatt
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07/11/17

 

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The Isle of Bile – IOM reduced to a ‘brothel’ for the super rich

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

News from Mannin Branch of the Celtic League:

‘It’s clear that we have accumulated here some of the worst financial scum on the planet.’

Its half-wits half hour in Tynwald as the current political class who were out of their depth when they entered the place try to carry on as if all is normal.

However things have changed and you only had to watch the Chief Minister being interviewed like a frightened schoolboy in the Headmaster’s study by Panorama to realise that:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09fgcvh

Quayle issued a hasty statement to MHKs compiled by the folk who write is lines in the Cabinet Office but if anything that was even more pathetic than the his on air performance:

http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm…

The Panorama programme targeted extensively activities in the Isle of Man and showed how processes have been prostituted and the contempt that those who use this place have for it and its political process.

This and previous administrations going back decades have brought shame on the Island and we need to realise that this cannot be brushed over and that in ‘our stables’ the mire is so deep it is half way up the walls.

I’ve joked up to know about the denizens of the golden mile but it’s clear that we have accumulated here some of the worst financial scum on the planet.

Panorama to a certain extent was ‘lite’ in that if focused on populist figures such as celebs and prominent corporations but drill down as more and more of the revelations are published in the newspapers and online and you realise what ghastly people have used – and continue to use the Island:

https://www.theguardian.com/…/isle-of-man-jet-set-oligarchs…

We have a regulatory framework that is not fit for purpose and bodies to police the industry that are a pathetic joke.

Bernard Moffatt
pp Celtic League

07/11/17

 

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‘Paradise Lost’: Appleby say we haven’t done anything wrong – meanwhile Manx Radio interview Stanley Unwin!

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

More news on the Manx media response to Paradise Papers from Mannin Branch of the Celtic League:

‘PARADISE LOST’: APPLEBY SAY WE HAVEN’T DONE ANYTHING WRONG – MEANWHILE MANX RADIO INTERVIEW STANLEY UNWIN!

I didn’t take that Russian guys advice and go and see a psychiatrist I went to the GPs and had a pneumonia jab. I wasn’t aware that you could get such things – but there you go – and your local Medical Centre is one of the few areas of the IOM Health Services that Kate Beecroft MHK hasn’t managed to screw up yet.

I thought it was prudent to have the jab because I don’t want to be ‘carried off’ just yet not with millions of ‘Paradise Papers’ documents to be exposed. However tell the truth you are more likely to die of boredom from exposure to the ‘Paradise Papers’ or indeed Manx Radio’s robust defence of the Island and the denizens of the golden mile.

Today Appleby instead of shutting up and riding out the storm like those hurricanes that sweep through the Caribbean has launched a robust rebuttal of allegations that it has done any wrongdoing. They single out the media saying that the assertions are a patchwork quilt of unrelated allegations with a clear political agenda and movement against offshore 
jurisdictions. Journalists are in the firing line but they can’t mean Manx Radio because Manx is broadcasting continuous refutations of the allegations about Appleby the Manx Government and everyone else in the frame. In fact it’s becoming like Radio Warsaw in 1939 which just played the Polish National Anthem continuously to let people know the Capital had not succumbed – we all know how that ended.

They even had an interview with someone from the OECD saying what a great place the Island was. I couldn’t make head nor tail of what he was saying he sounded like Stanley Unwin that guy who used to appear on children’s ‘telly’ talking his own form of gibberish years ago.

I suppose Manx think they have to interview someone authoritative but it just backfires spectacularly.

The problem with bodies like the OECD, World Bank and IMF is they are less popular than lawyers or journalists let alone politicians.

The more the mouth pieces of the well to do squawk ‘nothing to see here move along’ the more people think there is something.

Meanwhile my arm has started to stiffen up a bit after the jab – I’m sorry now I didn’t just go and see that psychiatrist!

Image: Stanley Unwin who got a spot on Manx Radio!

Bernard Moffatt
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06/11/17

 

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The Paradise Papers: No one has done anything wrong and I’m off to see the psychiatrist

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

News from Mannin Branch of the Celtic League:

“In a few weeks it will be business as usual all this will be forgotten the corporate suits will be having their Xmas parties and anyone stealing a few sticks of firewood will need to watch out because that Jane Hughes will be on the rampage in the Courts like the villain in a Xmas pantomime.”

The best bit in the much trailed first episode of Panorama on the so called ‘Paradise Papers’ was when one of the Russian ‘bods’ asked the BBC reporter had he seen a psychiatrist. You have to hand it to ‘the Russkies’ even when they are in the ‘shite storm of the century’ they’re as cheeky as buggery. That’s the way to handle the BBC.

Up to now I find Appleby guilty as charged but the ‘charge’ is allowing some Germans to get their hands on 13 million documents that they could then pass around so we could all be bored to death.

So far the Queen’s been involved, Trump has got a mention and there have been some ramblings about the Premier League and some football club. Well if there’s one sport I hate it’s football (I’m a rugger man myself). I even hate it more that ‘another sport which shall remain nameless’ because any criticism of it around here seems to inflame some folk.

The Isle of Man got a mention but the only shot of Appleby was of their Bermuda Office and we had to content ourselves with pics of Victoria Street and that stupid statue of Queen Victoria – was this an allegorical link to the earlier ‘Queenie’ bit I wondered. When some guy who used to be with the Insurance and Pensions Authority got an airing I was hoping he might tell the BBC to go and see a psychiatrist as well but he said ‘no comment’. It makes you think that Manx Civil Servants and politicians should get media training from Russian oligarchs.

So far Panorama’s attempt to portray the Manx ‘golden mile’ as populated by slightly better spoken versions of Ray Winstone in one of his ‘villain’ roles is falling flat.

Of course part two could be better but you just know that if the Howard Quayle interview gets an airing he will be all obsequies and will not fix them with that scathing gaze he gave the local journos in Tynwald recently as he told them of. Our journos of course are dying to nail something on the denizens of the golden mile a species they loathe almost as much as they loathe politicians or indeed the public loath them. However for now they have to codify everything with quotes like ‘ Mr Mugabe of course denies any wrongdoing’ which is shorthand for ‘just wait until we get something good you bastards’.

In other parts of the world like Australia and Canada they are taking the Paradise Papers really seriously because it shows the need to get to grips with the ‘murky world of the offshore’.

However here it’s more difficult because we are part of ‘the murky world of the offshore’. It makes you think that although everyone denies wrongdoing, says no comment or refers investigative journalists to psychiatrists we should really examine our moral compass.

In a few weeks it will be business as usual all this will be forgotten the corporate suits will be having their Xmas parties and anyone stealing a few sticks of firewood will need to watch out because that Jane Hughes will be on the rampage in the Courts like the villain in a Xmas pantomime.

That’s what I like about the good old Isle of Man we have our priorities right. Anyway I’m off to see a psychiatrist I just can’t get my head around ‘this hole’!

Image: Thank goodness we keep tracks of the firewood!

Bernard Moffatt
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06/11/17

 

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Plaid Cymru condemns the jailing of Catalan politicians

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Plaid Cymru – Party of Wales has unreservedly condemned the jailing of Catalan politicians by the Spanish State. They have issued the following statement:

“These are members of a democratically elected government. Vice-President Oriol Junqueras is a longstanding friend of Plaid Cymru and colleague of ours in the European Free Alliance, and we urge the Spanish State to release him and the other political prisoners.

We have already raised the issue of Catalonia today in the House of Commons, calling on the British Foreign Secretary to facilitate talks between Catalonia and Spain.

The member-states of the European Union must condemn these actions and bring Spain to the negotiating table. They must also offer political refuge to Catalonia’s representatives. In the meantime, we continue to recognise the Catalan Republic and its rightful elected leadership.”

[Pictured from left to right: Oriel Junqueras and Jill Evans]

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‘Gambling Firms are Socially Responsible’

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

News from Mannin Branch of the Celtic League:

For once I’m lost for words so I’ll borrow some and by the way like cigarettes shouldn’t stories like this on Manx Radio come with a health warning!

http://www.manxradio.com/…/gambling-sector-socially-respon…/

“No one in the history of mankind has ever developed or operated a casino out of a burning desire to improve the lot of humanity.” – Chuck Gardner, Former Nevada Deputy Attorney General

Note: For ‘casino’ read ‘shitey’ Manx egaming outfits!

Bernard Moffatt
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05/11/17

 

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Disturbing safety concerns raised over rescue 116 crash

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

We reported at length on the loss of Irish coastguard rescue helicopter Rescue 116 in which all four crew members died. The helicopter crashed after a collision with Blackrock Island, Blacksod Bay, Co Mayo and the bodies of two of the crew men have never been recovered.

There is a disturbing report here from RTE Prime Time about safety deficiencies involving lifejackets and locator beacons, onboard electrical navigation aids and indeed paper charts.

What makes the issue even more alarming is that all of the issues had been highlighted well in advance indeed crews had identified the lifejacket problems five years before the crash.
Its well worth watching (first twenty-five mins of this 35 min programme) as it reveals how emergency rescue staff who put their lives on the line were let down by the Company and the Government, Some of the issues are still unresolved.

https://www.rte.ie/pla…/…/show/prime-time-30003251/10794967/

Image: Helicopter Captain Dara Fitzpatrick who was found in the water but pronounced dead later in hospital. Prime Time asserts there were problems with lifejacket and locator equipment.

Bernard Moffatt
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05/11/17

 

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‘Whistleblowers’ – these days they can be ‘criminals’!

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

What used to be called ‘whistleblowers’ are now sometimes termed ‘criminals’ I suppose it had to happen we live in a high-tech world where ‘sensitive’ information is often loosely available. The distinction is easily bandied about these days though at one time such ‘classifications’ could be more fatal.

I muse about this after reading again about the German Dietrich Bonhoeffer. It’s unusual reading for me as an avowed agnostic as Dietrich was a Pastor in 1930/40s Germany and he got in trouble with ‘the authorities’. He eventually secretly passed information on details of the pre-war euthanasia programme in that country to other countries and he spoke out against it and other later inquities.

He was arrested as a ‘criminal’ although all he had done was pass on information he felt was true – he was right. Bonhoeffer was executed just 14 days before the camp he was held in was liberated.

A famous quote of Bonhoeffer’s is:

“The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.”

The Isle of Man its government and business community like to see themselves as ‘world’ players these days I wonder what ‘moral society’ their activities will ‘leave to its children’?

Image: Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Bernard Moffatt
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04/11/17

 

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An expensive absurdity in a time of deprivation

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

News from Mannin Branch of the Celtic League:

“Taxpayers paid more than £175,000 to maintain and renovate the Lieutenant Governor’s house, a Freedom of Information (FOI) request has revealed.

It showed running costs, before VAT, including maintenance, oil and electricity stood at £32,226.53 between April 2016 and March 2017.

Over five years more than £144,000 was spent on renovations at Government House where Sir Richard Gozney lives.

The Celtic League’s Bernard Moffatt said the money spent is “horrendous”.

“In a time when the number of people using food banks in the Isle of Man is on the rise it is an absurdity,” he said.

“It’s a ridiculous amount when there is increasing deprivation in our community.

“Some people can’t afford to heat their homes – some don’t even have a home – so these figures do astonish me.”

Full report here from the BBC at this link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-41844522

Image: No it’s not the pantry at Government House it is one of the growing number of foodbanks in Mann.

Bernard Moffatt
pp Celtic League

02/11/17

 

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