A poem by the great Scottish poet Robert Burns in Anticipation of the Sept. 18 Vote for Scottish Independence
A Man’s A Man For A’ That
Speaking in Dublin today, Gerry Adams welcomed the announcement of a date for by-elections in Dublin South West and Roscommon/South Leitrim. Mr Adams was accompanied by Sinn Féin Cllr Martin Kenny, the party’s candidate in Roscommon/South Leitrim and Cllr Cathal King who is the candidate in Dublin South West.
Gerry Adams TD said:
“Sinn Féin welcomes the moving of the writs for the by elections in Dublin South West and Roscommon/South Leitrim.
“Thanks to the court case taken by Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty TD, governments can no longer drag out or delay indefinitely the holding of by-elections.
“In these by-elections, voters in Dublin South West and in Roscommon/South Leitrim face an important choice between the failed politics of the past – the politics of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour – and the alternative offered by Sinn Féin.
“This is a choice between the politics of those who see ordinary working people as an easy target, or a party that stands with citizens dependent on public services, and who are trying to improve their standard of living.
“These by-elections offer a political choice between fairness and unfairness.
“Voters in Roscommon/South Leitrim and in Dublin South West have been let down by this government and most see little or no sign of the recovery which Fine Gael and Labour has been speaking about.
“Citizens are trying to cope with crumbling health services – just look at Roscommon Hospital. “They are trying to cope with an unfair family home tax and are dreading water bills in the new year.
“They are trying to cope with unacceptably high rates of unemployment and the scandal of mass emigration.
“Only Sinn Féin TDs will be part of strong and growing party in the Dáil voting against unfair cuts and austerity budgets, committed to the abolition of the property tax, to opposing water charges and to defending our public services.
“In both Dublin South West and Roscommon/South Leitrim, Sinn Féin is putting forward our alternatives and asking voters to make the change and to vote for Cathal King and Martin Kenny.
“Sinn Féin will seek a mandate for budget resources to be targeted at supporting job creation and stimulating economic growth across all regions which can end the scourge of mass emigration.
“We will argue for the adoption of a housing policy which delivers the necessary social housing stock to meet the needs of those languishing on waiting lists.
“For opposition to further cuts to the health budget
“For increased funding for mental health provision and for a resolution of the government’s continuing Medical Cards debacle.
“For radical political and institutional reform which addresses the lack of accountability and transparency within the Oireachtas, government departments and the policing and justice system.
“For a strengthening of the peace process and a united Ireland.
“Sinn Féin’s platform is that there is a clear, workable and fairer alternative to the way this government is doing things.
“We will fight these campaigns to win and to bring another two Sinn Féin TDs to join our Oireachtas team.
The Boomtown Rats singer made an impassioned plea to Scottish voters ‘not to break up the family’ at a London rally.
Irish and Scots have ridiculed the Dublin born singer, who accepted a honorary knighthood off the Queen for his charity work.
The Live Aid organizer has been heavily criticized for his remarks at the ‘Let’s Stay Together’ gathering in Trafalgar Square.
Comedians Eddie Izzard, Al Murray and Jenny Colgan and presenter June Sarpong also urged a ‘No’ vote in Thursday’s referendum.
But Geldof caused a storm on social media when he described England and Scotland as ‘the closest of cousins.’
The Daily Telegraph reports that Geldof said: “I’d just like to tell everybody in Scotland we’re all f****** fed up with Westminster and it’s even more frustrating for us because we don’t even get to do the argument that you’ve begun.
“This argument needs to be had among us all, you can’t selfishly resolve it amongst yourselves by taking an easy opt-out clause.
“Before there was a United States, before there was a United Nations, before there was a united this, that and the other there was a United Kingdom and it was an extraordinary meeting of very different minds of two extremely close cousins.
“And what a construct this thing is. Because Scotland is a feeling. England is a feeling. Wales is a feeling, Ireland a feeling.
“But the United Kingdom is one of the greatest ideas for the modern age. Between the native genius of the Scots and the pure pragmatic drive of the English we made a world beater.
“The pity of this is that we are the closest of cousins – when one of our blood spills then it all spills. There is such thing as a big glorious no. No is not always a negative.”
The report says Geldof later added: “Obviously a lot of people will be saying that we want to break up, but I just want to know why?
“The UK is a phenomenal modern idea, invented by the Scots. They invented our age and the 21st century really needs to be reinvented, which I think is at the heart of the argument.
“We are all fed up with Westminster but they’ve got an option and we should be able to work out, together, a new constitution.
“But breaking up one of the most genius ideas of the modern political times is not the way to go. 82 percent of people in England want Scotland to stay, that should show that this is a union that works.”
From Irish Central