Mike Vickers' Blog

August 31, 2019

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold

Filed under: Boris, Brexit, Europe, Good Friday Agreement, Jeremy Corbyn, Reality, The Troubles, Varadkar, Yeats — derryvickers @ 7:40 am

WB Yeats

The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.

Just two examples

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/aug/30/no-deal-brexit-could-motivate-dissident-republicans-in-northern-ireland-says-barbara-gray

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/aug/31/riot-police-out-in-glasgow-as-irish-unity-march

Where is the Good Friday Agreement now.

Oddly only the US Congress may save Ireland from a Hard Border.

April 21, 2019

To Focus on a Brexit Resolution

Filed under: Europe, Good Friday Agreement, Ireland, Jeremy Corbyn, Politics, Yeats — derryvickers @ 9:45 am

I did not know how to comment on the murder of Lyra McKee in Derry last Thursday but Brian Wilson showed the way in Saturday’s Scotsman.

https://www.scotsman.com/lyra-mckee-s-murder-shows-danger-of-no-deal-brexit-in-n-ireland-brian-wilson-1-4911924

I particularly welcome: “This is not just “one issue among many” but – as I have repeatedly argued over the past couple of years – the one that must condition the whole negotiation. You cannot have a hard border within Ireland. Full stop.”

And his conclusion: “While there is no ideal solution to Brexit, there are certainly lessers of evil. There are many good reasons for real leaders to act on that principle and Irish peace is one of them.”

I am repeated reminded of Yeats ‘A Second Coming’

Let’s hope that the Good Friday Agreement remains intact.

October 27, 2018

The Second Coming – WB Yeats

Filed under: Anna Soubry, Brexit, Europe, History in the making, Italian, Poetry, Politics, Yeats — derryvickers @ 10:06 pm

La Seconda Venuta

Girando e girando in allargamento gyre

Il falco non può udire il falconiere;

Le cose cadono a pezzi; il centro non può reggere;

La mera anarchia è sciolta sul mondo,

Il sangue oscurato marea è sciolto, e ovunque

La cerimonia dell’innocenza è annegata;

La migliore mancanza di ogni convinzione, mentre il peggiore

Sono piene di intensità passionale.

 

Per leggere il resto  della poesia vedere poesia la Seconda Venuta da W B Yeats

April 16, 2016

Lesbos and the Refugees

Filed under: Europe, History in the making, Politics, Yeats — derryvickers @ 8:57 am

The Pope visits Lesbos today, The Archbishop of Athens attends, Tsipras has little choice, Bernie Saunders crosses the Atlantic

Lesbos was quoted to have a population in 2011 of 86,436

Since the Refugee crisis started:

Lesbos has borne the brunt of the refugee influx with over 850,000 of the 1.1 million Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis who streamed into Europe last year, coming through the island

How does it manage it

Well here is quote from a resident

“Outside my door the media has turned my home into a reality show while I struggle to make a living and face huge difficulties in supporting my family. People here are slowly falling apart attempting to survive. I don’t know if I can stay here.”

Things fall apart; Lesbos  cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Yeats 1920

From the Telegraph (of all papers)

David Cameron has rejected calls for Britain to take 3,000 orphaned child refugees who have made their way to Europe amid concerns that it could encourage more of them to make the dangerous journey

At the Conservative Party conference

Britain “would be overwhelmed” if it opened its door to every refugee, Prime Minister David Cameron has said as he defended his position on how he plans to deal with the growing crisis….Mr Cameron told …in his keynote speech that he found it “impossible to get the image of that poor Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi out of my mind”. 

And yet Greece is broke

While Cameron / Osborne continue to claim the UK is booming in Europe

Even if the UK took all the refugees its population would only increase by 2%

At least one bright light – Merkel puts HER own job on the line

Germany To Strip Job Protection From Citizens To Make Room For Refugees

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