Sunday, October 4, 2009

The word on the street is..ANGER !


Some people are born angry, some people achieve anger and then there are those who have it thrust upon them! I'm angry most of the time, I wasn't born angry, life has made me angry, things make me angry, people make me angry.DEMOCRACY makes me angry!
This deified plastic statue held and idealised and worshipped , used and abused ,fought over imposed on unsuspecting foreign lands, lauded and lamented in equal measure ,dancing down the dusty streets of reality hand-in-hand with it's domesticated silicone suck-up lover ,FREEDOM. And Comrades, you don't have to look to distant shores to find evidence of the crass double-speak of 'Fredom and democracy' you can find phoneyism , hypocrisy and manipulation,right here on our own doorstep.
The Lisbon treaty was rejected here first time roun.End of story,the plastic notion of democracy upheld.Or was it? But wait, the questioners didn't like the answer! Said (patronisingly) that we mustn't have understood the question! Gave them the WRONG answer!
You see folks all referendums are equal but some are more equal than others.You WILL give us the RIGHT answer, the answer that we dictate. That is how double-think democracy works. So we were asked again, this time with the full weight of money , government, E.U heads, newspapers,(national and local) the late late show, football managers, Michael O'Leary, every Tom Dick and Hary, they could find,bullying cajoling, begulling , threatening. 'Yes 'to jobs 'Yes 'to recovery! As if voting 'Yes' guaranteed any of these! They might have well included 'Vote YES for a cure for cancer'
Clever campaigning for sure, even the apparently independent referendum commission seemed weighted towards 'YES' This was politics mafia style , we were being made an offer we couldn't refuse. I'm amazed that there was actually provision for a 'NO' vote on the ballot paper at all!
THe effort, the sheer pressure,the hugeness of the campaign (and it only needed a few degrees shift) was a sledgehammer to a grape. And smashed we were. We have accepted the tip of an iceberg ,it's blackest depths hidden beneath the waters. Unsurprisingly South Dublin ,on average the richest area in Ireland ,polled the highest percentage of YES.They probably voted NO last time because they were still doing just fine, I'm alright Jack, but now in these recessionary times they've been beaten with a stick and tempted with the golden carrot of recovery , the good old Celtic tiger days where a small portion of the country robbed the rest blind and made a fortune through housing. Planning developing and building, back handers and brown envelopes side by side with breezeblock and mortar. Money they made hand over fist as prices spiralled out of control, banks joining the madness and Fianna Fail (but it could have been any of them) rubbing their greedy little hands together screwing the country instead of looking after their people.The people of Ireland ,the majority of whom now, are either in negative equity, or so far from the bottom rung of the property ladder that they would need a telescope to see it. Some through encouraged short sighted rampant greed ,others through no fault of their own.
Housing, a home for you and your family, should be a democratic human right, something a government would make a priority for it's people , not left to the open markets of naked greed and corruption.Democracy, true democracy, (if it ever existed) is officially dead and buried, no flowers please.



'What need you, being come to sense,

But fumble in a greasy till

add the halfpence to the pence


Democratic Ireland's dead and gone,

It's with O'Leary in the grave.'


(With no apologies to any fucker ,especially to Yeats.)

24 comments:

Heather said...

I can understand your anger and we should all be more angry, then something might get done to make life fairer for everyone. I don't get angry and tend to accept, more or less, whatever life throws at me. I know I have had an easy life compared to some,and being passive makes me rather ineffectual at getting things changed. I am disenchanted with politics and used to think that politicians were there to look after the people. Not any more - like many others I think they are all out for themselves, no matter what party they represent. I am thoroughly disillusioned by them all. Cheer up, it's Monday tomorrow and I'm all ready with my offering!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Oh gosh, TFE, I do hope you feel better having got that off your chest. Everything in this whole wide western world is down to money - I am sure you know that. Its interesting to read another take on the referendum thing though - it sounded such a resounding victory on the TV. You will have to aim to do what I have learned to do - I can't do anything about it, so I rise above it and live in my own little world. Is that selfish, or what?
I'm sure tomorrow's poems will cheer you up. Take care. See you under the station clock - I will make it morning this time as you never seem to turn up in the evening!

aleph said...

great burst of anger -no flowers, of course!

the watercats said...

well.. you said it mush!.. makes you wonder about the real reasons behind the crash don't it?.... nothing like a bit of fear on the eurotrash families to make em do your bidding........ Can't help but get a sinking sense of bad joo joo coming this way in the next few years.... can feel your rage... and it's understood...

ArtSparker said...

This American reader is curious...if you could explain a little...

Jeanne Iris said...

All this means one thing: The poets of the world have a job to do, so let's do it.

wv: mutta: 1) Do not mutta so low that the rest of us can't hear ya. 2) My mutta's last words to me were, "Stick to your guns, Jeanne."

See you in a few, TFE, for the beginning of yet another Monday Poetry Extravaganza!

Titus said...

TFE, please rant. It also means we're going to get Blair as President of Europe now.

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Jeanne Iris said...

Is it Monday, yet?

This week's assignment has been posted on me bleagh (Irish for 'my blog'). ; )

English Rider said...

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, or: If they won't join beat 'em?

Totalfeckineejit said...

I'm just angrying out loud, Heather, it will wear off, but it is depressing how unfailingly terrible most politicians are.
Poetry Monday soon .YABBA DABBA!

Totalfeckineejit said...

A bit like vomitting I don't really enjoy it but I feel a lot better for having got it out.This world is ruled by money, Weaver ,as you say and virtually every decision is taken with money in mind,that doesn't always (if ever) work, so why can't we try a different way for a while and see if things improve? BTW I hear a bus coming!!:)

Totalfeckineejit said...

Thank you aleph :)

Totalfeckineejit said...

Thanks Watercats and I know what you mean about the joo joo,or is it the choo choo? No! Wait a minute, it's the poetry bus! You gettin on?

Totalfeckineejit said...

The best I can do ArtSparker is to admit that I'm a nutter :) Any other explanation would take more life than I've got left!

Totalfeckineejit said...

You are right Jeanne! Now don't mutta about me being a nutta , shout it to the world, I'm a little bit crazeee and I'm proud!!

Totalfeckineejit said...

Titus, no please, don't say that, anything but that!!!

Totalfeckineejit said...

Ps Titus is that true, or some scary film- 'The Blair rich project?'

Totalfeckineejit said...

Nice one Jeanne, lets get this party bus rolling!

Jeanne Iris said...

What I'm talkin' 'bout, TFE...

Where dat bus?!

Rachel Fox said...

A good rant. We should never be told that we can't rant!

Poem up and ready. See you all on the bus.
x

Titus said...

It will be coming to a cinema near you very soon, I'm afraid.

Totalfeckineejit said...

Nice one English Rider , now you've said it! :)))

English Rider said...

I have to admit I thought I sounded smart, but I'm not really sure what I said. Mathematics is the same for me, answers without reasoning sometimes. right or wrong, who knows?