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Silence is consent

7 Nov

Nail on the head yet again, Paul.

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I was chatting with my neighbour Jane today. She was telling me that some of the women in her work loathe and detest Boris Johnson – don’t we all – but that they’re not motivated to vote because they think that all politicians are crap. Sadly that’s quite a widespread sentiment amongst working class people in places like the East End of Glasgow where Jane and I live. This area has one of the lowest turnouts for elections anywhere in Scotland. People here are cynical and disenchanted. For generations they’ve seen all sorts of politicians make all sorts of promises. The politicians come and go, but the poverty and deprivation that blight the East End of Glasgow stay with us.

So a lot of people just don’t vote. Maybe they think that voting only encourages the politicians. But that’s not true. Not voting encourages them even more, or at least…

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Britain’s Famine in Ireland

7 Nov

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By Jason Michael

AN GORTA MÓR – the Irish for the Great Famine of 1845-49 – is Ireland’s version of the well-known but seldom discussed family secret. Generations of Irish emigrants in Britain, North America, and Australia didn’t talk much of the reasons their forebears left their homes in search of new lives abroad. In Ireland itself, with the exception of a handful of books on the subject and its brief coverage in the national education curriculum, the Famine isn’t exactly front and centre in the present day telling of the nation’s story. Until the opening of Epic in Dublin’s docklands, a museum of sorts dedicated primarily to Irish emigration, the deaths of over a million people and the eviction and flight of millions more were marked only by a bronze sculpture of a starving group of people away from the centre of Dublin and a small, well-hidden whitewashed…

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