An Absolute Disgrace — A Quick Chat about some Irish MEP’s
This has been niggling at me the past few days and it would be amiss to not point out how some Irish elected reps have been acting in the build up to what has been happening the last couple of days, but feeling to a degree incredibly helpless in the lack of what can be done, it’s only right to comment on what is within our control. What is within our control is how the people we have elected to the European stage have voted (or not) in regards to this ever evolving situation within the Ukraine.
As there is nothing that anyone can really do but show support for the Ukrainians during this, it would be a dereliction of my civic duty to not hold those accountable who are apologetic towards Putin within Irish politics especially at the EU level.
It should go without saying, but I must implore you the reader to understand one very important thing. Please do not get the Russian people mixed up with Putin’s autocratic politics as they are against this current invasion as well and please please once this is over and Putin and his cronies have been torn out root and stem, do no blame the Russian people for the behaviour of one megalomaniac.
I’ll have to start with Sinn Fein. For a party that has its history in fighting against foreign invaders, you sure are now showcasing yourselves to be a collective of absolutely zero sustenance for all the big talk you spout. Your single Irish representative at the European level (Chris McManus) voted against Russian sanctions and refused to stand up against and vote against military aggression to an independent nation that is Ukraine. Putin will attempt partition once beaten back of certain areas and you have allowed this. Sir James Craig would be laughing at you.
To the lunatics on the far left (Claire Daly, Mick Wallace, and Ming Flanagan) you would rather be ideological correct at the cost of lives due to an autocratic government that is blowing bits out of a country and destroying families. Your hatred of the US, the west, and indeed your self hatred of being born in a free and self determined society is outweighing the cost of mounting deaths which showcases your god complexes and immense egos. You are making the left leaning populous and their representatives look like incompetent fools.
Finally to the two Greens (Grace O Sullivan and Ciaran Cuffe) who did not vote on such matters, well, your inaction speaks volumes and showcases how spineless you are to standing up to very real and immediate human threat.
You should all hold your heads in shame. Being Irish, being independent, and being a republic democracy, you have used this gift to put blood on your hands by being pro-Putin, anti-Ukrainian, anti-Russian, anti-Irish, and anti-European. You are European representative to your parties, constituents, councilors, TDs, and senators, and this is an extension of how people will think of those that stand under the same banner as you. It is safe for me to say that every single last one of you are an absolute disgrace.
As for those who are going to defend such public representatives, please do and highlight to the world how irresponsibility blind you are to the realities of what is going on. Then with the energy you have in defending your ideological flag, I would ask for you to be actually useful and put it towards better use and help however you can.
If you try and deflect with other societal problems then you are missing the point of this small piece as internal problems can be sorted, but out and out war is a different level altogether. That is the reason for governance and for politics, to sort-out societal problems without bloodshed. However I fear you will stick to the shadows and like those highlighted, will go quiet and take off with the tail between your legs hoping this all blows over and not to be held accountable.
Finally to those being called out in this piece, your cowardice and negligence will not be forgotten. When the chips went down you bet against a threat to a democratic and sovereign nation in favour of Putin. When the tanks rolled in and committed war crime by killing innocent people and bombing hospitals, you ran away. When the Irish people needed representation in the face of global adversity and to show unity to a very real threat, you backed the boorish, colonial, and imperial Putin. Believe me when I say this, this will all come back and be laid at your political doorstep.
This piece has been inspired by the following voting thread: https://mobile.twitter.com/NaomiOhReally/status/1497526609871613953