From top: Paul Murphy TD; Tony Groves

 

Paul Murphy is the Dark Knight. He’s the hero Protesters deserve. But not the one we need right now. When he came out onto the steps of the court, an innocent man, he declared what had “happened in there…disgusting”.

Disgusting was, I’d imagine, picked deliberately; the echoes of former Garda Commissioner Callinan, are too convenient.

Paul Murphy, an innocent man, wasn’t exonerated. Far from it. In fact no less than the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar declared “just because someone wasn’t convicted doesn’t mean their behaviour was acceptable”.

Clearly the Taoiseach for soundbites has learned nothing from the recent rebuke about sticking his nose in the business of the judiciary.

Paul Murphy, an innocent man, is profoundly guilty of the Orwellian Newspeak crime of Facecrime. A crime of acting inappropriately to the views of the establishment. His face doesn’t fit.

For my part, I’d have preferred Paul Murphy, an innocent man, to step in front of the microphones and begin by thanking the judge and the jury for proving that justice was not out of reach for those outside of the establishment.

I’d have liked him to talk about not condoning the uglier events of the day, but also stating categorically that the right to protest usurps the hurt feelings of those who deem themselves “respectable and honest”.

If there’s hope, it lies with the proles” – George Orwell

Paul Murphy, an innocent man, is guilty of wiping his feet on the unwritten establishment rule book. I’m not comfortable with his running roughshod over the hierarchical structures and ignoring the rules of disengaged engagement. I’m probably not Paul Murphy’s target audience.

Paul Murphy is for the proles (the Marxist proletarian) and their struggles. The proles who know that education doesn’t necessarily mean intelligence, and that respectability often does not mean honesty. The proles aren’t bothered by standing protocols, when they’re too often the stood upon.

When Jeremy Corbyn ran on a slogan of “for the many, not the few”, he was, in his own pacifist way, appealing to the proles. He knew that by standing up for those stood upon, that he might awaken in them something that no amount of mainstream smearing could quell, hope.

An awakened proletariat need “only rise up and shake themselves like a horse shaking off flies” for the Chumocratic Instruments of the State to crumble.

Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious” – George Orwell

Paul Murphy, an innocent man, in giving two fingers to the establishment, also gave a kick to the horse. That he did it in a way unpalatable to many, myself included, matters not a jot.

What matters is that the proles are getting a feel for their power, they can sense fear in the establishment and they’re realising that they have less to fear from a State that trembles at a tweet than they do from poverty. They’re becoming conscious.

Conscious of the imbalance in reporting that stresses the inappropriateness of social media* above the inappropriateness of perjury.

Awake to those who portray the ordeal of that day in Jobstown as in some way more trying than the proles own daily struggle. Angry that having won in court that they’re facing more anger than ever from the commentariat.

Paul Murphy, an innocent man, kicked the horse. Now the horse’s tail is swishing and one eye is open.

“Rise like lions after slumber
In unfathomable number
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep have fallen on you –
Ye are many, they are few.” – Percy Bysshe

The hope today is that we now have more reasons to be hopeful.

Tony Groves is a full-time financial consultant and part-time commentator. With over 18 years experience in the financial industry and a keen interest in politics, history and “being ornery”, he has published one book and writes regularly at Trickstersworld

*note how the mainstream media don’t fret about the public judge, jury and executioner that is an RTE Investigates documentary, or a Paul Williams interview exclusive.

77 thoughts on “Facecrimes

  1. JD

    There will no doubt be many great revolutionaries in Ireland who will effect genuine change over time that makes a difference to the people that need it. My view is that history will in time find that Paul Murphy is not one of those change agents. At some point, one has to for things rather than putting all of your energy in to opposing things…Ultimately, I think Paul stands for Paul and is just another career politician albeit skirting along the harder left. He is the Healy Rae of socialism….

    1. MoyestWithExcitement

      “My view is that history will in time find that Paul Murphy is not one of those change agents.”

      So that’s why the right wingers wet themselves over him. He’s a middle class guy who wants to change things and change makes some people nervous so they project their fear of it onto him.

      “At some point, one has to for things rather than putting all of your energy in to opposing things”

      A meaningless platitude because this guy can’t admit to himself that’s it’s raw emotion driving his hatred of Murphy rather than reasoned analysis.

      ” I think Paul stands for Paul and is just another career politician albeit skirting along the harder left.”

      And another meaningless platitude, except this one is also nonsensical.

      How much real power does Murphy have? Pretty much none. So why are so many so concerned about him? Ideology.

      1. Donal

        Well said

        The large amount of coverage in the weekend papers that was critical of everything that Paul Murphy and his political allies and supporters stand for dwarfed the amount of coverage that was neutral in its analysis.

        The establishment fear anything that challenges their dominance.
        They believe in the self fulfilling prophecy that because they have done well out of the status quo then the status quo must be good, and anyone who hasn’t done well has themselves and not the system to blame.

        Murphy and others point out on a regular basis where the status quo fails many and how the establishment protect their dominance. Their prescriptions are condemned as evil and something to be feared, with a vehemence that hugely outweighs their influence over our society/economy. The establishment plays the man and not the ball because they fear that honest discussion of the problems will educate the masses. If they fear this education of the masses then they must doubt their ability to convince an educated mass of the fairness of the existing system. Now why would they fear that, if the status quo is fair?

        1. Anomanomanom

          My views of Paul have been mentioned numerous times. But I will say, or try to explain, its not the sticking up for little people that I,many people aswell, dont like. Its that I genuinely don’t believe he really cares. He has a history of jumping from one protest to another. He was basically handed Joe’s seat in europe, then lost his seat when he actually needed people to vote for him. He got on the gravy train courtesy of Joe and then went with the big issue of time to insure he got the “fupp you” vote against the government. He’s never actually had what you could class as a job, yes that’s a personal annoyance of mine against any Td so maybe that one is unfair.

          1. Twunt

            +1

            he has no answers, but having a Trotskyist around is useful in that it reminds people how bad it could be.

          2. Anomanomanom

            Everyone assumes people just hate Paul because they hate he sticks up for the little guy, they never bother to actually ask you do you have a genuine reason.

          3. MoyestWithExcitement

            “Its that I genuinely don’t believe he really cares. He has a history of jumping from one protest to another”

            So he doesn’t care about people because he goes to different protests. This is obviously nonsense. People with little social conscience are made to feel uncomfortable by people like Murphy. His work for the poor subconsciously reminds them that they don’t do anything to help. Instead of being humble, they convince themselves that the Murphys of the world care as little as they do so it makes them feel better about their lack of conscience.

            “He got on the gravy train”

            The gravy train being his wages for working as a TD. Right wing ideologues constantly try to convince themselves the reason they don’t like something is selfless concern for others and so come up with ridiculous reasons like this to justify their delusion.

          4. hans landa

            Moyest, just because people don’t think Paul Murphy is the dogs balls and savior of the Republic does not make them right wing fascist ideologues with no social conscience. Most people can see through his nonsense, you unfortunately can’t.

          5. Sham Bob

            ‘ I genuinely don’t believe he really cares’ is a pretty poor ‘genuine’ reason for disliking him.

      2. Kolmo

        +1. A lot of the attacks on Murphy have an air and tone of reasonbable self-evidence about them, when they are just thinly veiled put-downs and betray a historically vicious contempt for anyone who threatens any type of ‘radical’ thought. The media was obsessing over bad language and rowdyness at the event and how horrific it must have been for Ms. Burton and the many, many Gardaí surrounding her…god help us if real, more effective/direct protest movement got traction against the retardation of our society for profit..

        1. bisted

          …sorry to see Tony has joined the choir of Paul Murphy naysayers…albeit as a squeaky boy soprano in the tired old chorus…

      3. JD

        Speaking of projection, why project me as right wing? Elements of the establishment do take a very lazy approach of labelling radical opposition but clearly the ability to label is not limited to them.

        I do think there are big failures in the current system that should be addressed. My concerns about Paul Murphy are based on a reasoned analysis of his policies and solutions and trying to see where they work. He did his PHD on “Does Socialist Law Exist?” where socialist law is a term for post communist law. My raw emotion about him relates to his view that protest is blanket term for all sorts and disrespect for the court room proceedings which acquitted him through use of social media along with other representatives.

        Before you rise to your high horse again, I have a similar raw emotion about right wing targets esp the failure for more timely prosecution of white collar crime relating to the banking collapse, the use of charitable vehicles in relation to vulture funds, the financial engineering of Clearys wind up.

        1. MoyestWithExcitement

          “Speaking of projection, why project me as right wing?”

          Your generic attacks on a representitive of the poor who has no real power.

          “My concerns about Paul Murphy are based on a reasoned analysis of his policies and solutions and trying to see where they work.”

          Which ones specifically do you have such a problem with and how likely do you think it is that he’ll ever be in a position to implement them?

          “He did his PHD on “Does Socialist Law Exist?” where socialist law is a term for post communist law.”

          So you fear him because you think he’s a commie?

          “My raw emotion about him relates to his view that protest is blanket term for all sorts and disrespect for the court room proceedings”

          You fear him because he protests too much? That’s quite an authoritarian mindset you have.

          That was a *terrible* attempt at making yourself look reasoned and objective. Really, really bad. You claim your issues with him are from reasoned analysis before saying he protests too much and wrote about socialists in college. Ridiculous.

          1. Anomanomanom

            So are you lumping every one who voted for Paul as poor, since he represents the poor. Your replies to people are getting worse and worse. Why do find it so hard to believe people don’t like him, its got nothing to do with him representing “poor” people. If we all just hated representatives of the poor, I prefer saying working class, then we wouldn’t vote for other independents who we feel actually do care.

          2. hans landa

            Its not that he protests too much, it seems to be all he is capable of. As the post above said, you need more than ‘protest’ to run a country.

  2. Owen C

    “*note how the mainstream media don’t fret about the public judge, jury and executioner that is an RTE Investigates documentary, or a Paul Williams interview exclusive.”

    I didn’t realise RTE Investigates conducts its investigations mid way during a trial. My apologies and many thanks for pointing this out Tony.

    Also

    “they’re facing more anger than ever from the commentariat.”

    Yes, more anger than that which apparently caused them to be unfairly charged and threatened with significant jail-time. Thank you as always Tony for putting everything in its correct context.

  3. Rainy Day

    Ireland had reached ‘peak Paul Murphy’ before this trial commenced. His target audience, as it is put, were convinced of him long ago and are all on board. The next area of the electorate that he could target (lower middle class) have mostly been turned off by the behaviour of the rabble that he roused that day in Jobstown. To effect real change he needs to expand he appeal, unfortunately for him while reaffirming to a base that was long secured he alienated himself form the next possible area of support.
    The outcome of this trial could have been trumpeted as “the criminal justice system works! ….we were innocent and that’s how it played out …”… but no he re played the old card of re-affirming the siege mentality of his base, that the system does not like you – I am your only hope etc. This ambition limiting strategy has stunted any growth that Solidarity could ever achieve, they are afraid to take the next step, because it could fail.

    1. MoyestWithExcitement

      So basically, you’re whining that he didn’t spread a narrative that supports the established order. LOL! You ideologues need to do MUCH better.

      1. Rainy Day

        Not at all….read my comment again, in full.
        Paul ran with a line that re-convinced people that were already convinced of him long ago, it was an easy win. If he has ambition he needs to grow beyond that. Two things happened in that trial, 1) a case was brought against him and others that was never going to be proven, and yet the powers that be did their best to prove the un-provable. 2) The criminal justice system called the powers that be out on this – read judges comments – and the they were acquitted, as they should have been. Paul chose to hammer home point one, point two was equally true but this was ignored.

        1. Twunt

          His does not want any real power, it would only expose his total lack of a plan or ability. But he has ensured his rabble will get him elected for the foreseeable future

  4. postmanpat

    Oh dear , hack writer alert in the first line! So your doing the “hero we deserve…” …Dark Knight meme thing? Pathetic! The Dark Knight was a superhero movie who fans took it too seriously, and that took itself way too seriously as some kind of deep philosophical characters study. Listen up kids. It was written by David (some mother****rs are always trying to ice skate uphill !?! ) Goyer. Signed off by Christopher Nolan who was embarrassed by the source material from day one. TDK is a fun superhero movie but does not hold up as anything other that a super hero movie. Please all writers stop quoting the line, which made no sense the first time around. See also the word “Tsunami ” and the phrase “we as a society” . Thank you .

  5. ahjayzis

    Conscious of the imbalance in reporting that stresses the inappropriateness of social media* above the inappropriateness of perjury.

    This.

    The fact that the gardai all made statements that directly contradict the video evidence is glossed over totally. Comment is kept to how while they may be innocent of any charges and acquitted by jury, really what they did was awful and should be criminal and shouldn’t they apologise for it anyway.

    Protest is fine as long as no one sees it, or is inconvenienced by it and as long as it doesn’t change anything. So generous of our betters.

    Sure let the guards lie under oath in pursuit of the prosecution of a dirty lefty out to deprive the likes of Enda of his hard-earned three million euro pension pot. Sure hasn’t he left us a police service and a health service and a social care service the envy of the world?

    1. Cian

      Protest is fine, according to the constitution, within the following bounds:
      “The right of the citizens to assemble peaceably and without arms.
      Provision may be made by law to prevent or control meetings which are determined in accordance with law to be calculated to cause a breach of the peace or to be a danger or nuisance to the general public and to prevent or control meetings in the vicinity of either House of the Oireachtas.”

      it has a specific clause relating to “breach of the peace” or “to be a danger or *nuisance* to the general public “

      1. ahjayzis

        There were about a hundred police there – can you tell me why they found it impossible to extract the deputy prime minister if they felt she was in danger?

        1. Cian

          I wasn’t there. Were you?

          How do you suggest that the guards would have got her out? Send it the riot squad? Go in with Tasers? Arrest *all* the demonstrators? Gunned the engine and smashed through the demonstrators?

  6. Happy Molloy

    I don’t think he wants to convince anyone else, or can. Hard left, like alt right, will only ever be palatable to a relatively small number with most people being happy in the centre living in a country with strong social policies but one that will award hard work and innovation also. You won’t get that with a fringe party and he knows it, he’ll continue to represent his minority.

    1. MoyestWithExcitement

      “the centre living in a country with strong social policies but one that will award hard work and innovation also.”

      This is naked ideology. All the attacks on him come down to this. It’s right wingers like Harold here who are scared of change and people like Paul who want to bring it about. “Centrism” is dead. It was a complete lie to begin with. It’s right wing ideology under a cloak.

      1. JD

        In a nutshell, the only solution to our countries problems are socialism as prescribed by People Before Profit! It is the only naked ideology we should embrace.

        1. MoyestWithExcitement

          Yeah, sure, that’s totally what I said. Well done for showing up your absolutist mindset.

          1. MoyestWithExcitement

            Yeah, that’s basically the entire argument against the left, isn’t it. Terrible argument. Thanks for admitting that.

      2. Happy Molloy

        No, I think you’ll find as evidenced by electoral results that people are quite happy with centrist governments.
        To suggest that it is dead is to suggest compromise is dead which might be the case in some corners of the internet but it isn’t grounded in reality.

        1. MoyestWithExcitement

          1. They are right wing governments. “Centrism” is a lie.
          2. Customer inertia is not proof that the customers are happy. The continued returning of the only parties people are familiar with (aided and abetted by a slobbering media who constantly hammer home that alternatives, like Murphy for instance, are engaged in thuggery and such) is not proof people are happy.
          3. Your ideology is not about “compromise”. That is just a lie.

          1. Happy Molloy

            Are socialist policies like free healthcare, free education etc along with supporting business and capitalism not evidence of a compromise between the left and right?

            That’s why most people don’t go for this left right divide craic, they tend to value a mix of each. Even in Communist countries like Cuba.

          2. MoyestWithExcitement

            “Supporting business”

            Typical sneaky ambiguity there. Some would say getting rid of minimum wage is “supporting business”. Again, you’re just spouting ideology here.

            “That’s why most people don’t go for this left right divide craic”

            Of course they do. Just a lot of them refer to right wing ideology as “centrism”. It’s a lie.

          3. Happy Molloy

            “you’re just spouting ideology here”

            I have to hand it to you, you’re either stunningly unaware or else you’re just having a good laugh for yourself :-)

          4. JD

            “The continued returning of the only parties people are familiar with (aided and abetted by a slobbering media who constantly hammer home that alternatives, like Murphy for instance, are engaged in thuggery and such) is not proof people are happy.” By extentsion, we should ignore those votes? The only solution in town is People Before Profit? Grand so!

          5. JD

            There is a difference between the searing ability of People before profit to see through these attacks and your implication that the votes for other parties over the years is passive familiarity based voting cheered on by the media. A lot of problems of the country are to do with standards of governance. You are convinced that Paul Murphy is the messiah and there is little going to change your mind. Roll on the next election…

          6. MoyestWithExcitement

            Yes. The only people who could possibly see through the politicised attacks on Murphy are Solidarity supporters. Definitely. Rumbled, I am!

          7. hans landa

            Moyest, is there any country on the planet you can put forward as a role model?

    2. ahjayzis

      We’ve had the guts of a hundred years of this sh1t and look at the state of the place.

      If centrism cannot provide the very, very basics like a health system people aren’t terrified of, a police force that doesn’t have a scandal a week, a housing market that’s seen purely as a means to accumulate wealth and debt then it cannot criticise the likes of Murphy – because he’s their creature. Centrism’s lack of any alternative to horrible, inhuman, corrupt services for a fairly hefty tax bill created them.

      You cannot wring your hands and ask why people turn to Murphy and join his causes when all you’re willing to give them is no hope and pontifications on fiscal space while their granny contracts MRSA in a filthy corridor.

      1. Happy Molloy

        The place has massive issues alright, healthcare and housing being top of the list.

        I’ve been to three Communist countries, it’s a hell of a lot better than any of those, and most the their own inhabitants would agree (said countries are now considered to be developing as they have begun to embrace the entrepreneur class).

        The Scandinavians do centrism quite well, the trick is for the country to have lots of income and then to spend it well, something that we’ve been bad at.

        But I think most people, again as electoral results tend to show, wouldn’t like to rely on a hard left or hard right government to get that balance right.

        1. MoyestWithExcitement

          Sorry, who’s advocating for Communism? And the Scandinavians aren’t doing “centrism”, by the way. Tony Blair and the like are very much right wing by Scandinavian standards.

          1. Rob_G

            …”who’s advocating for Communism?”

            Several Solidarity politicians have advocated for forcibly taking private businesses into state ownership, which sounds like communism to most people.

          2. ahjayzis

            “Several Solidarity politicians have advocated for forcibly taking private businesses into state ownership, which sounds like communism to most people.”

            Unless it’s an imploding bank, presumably?

          3. bisted

            …a shocking vista…look what happened when the state ran things like telecoms, bin collection, social housing provision…

        2. ahjayzis

          I’m not advocating for them. Or for Stalinism, by the way.

          I’m saying that when Fine Gael, Fianna Fail, Labour and Sinn Fein all offer near identical diagnoses and prescriptions for society’s problems, nothing ever changes and nothing will change. The corrupt and incompetent are continually promoted or pensioned off and none of them will ever have to live in the society they create due to the millions they award themselves on leaving office. You’re attacking a symptom instead of the disease. Our establishment is the disease.

          Third world healthcare in a wealthy European country isn’t a problem or an “issue” after 30 years – it’s how it’s designed to work.

          We’re just lucky it’s socialism and Solidarity and not Golden Dawn Eireann.

      2. Cian

        HSE isn’t all bad.
        I’ve had 3 direct experiences with A&E – and all were great.

        1. ahjayzis

          Oh i must have misheard thousands of people over dozens of years. Never mind, I guess it’s normal for an incontinent 83 year old woman to spend 24 hours in a packed, loud corridor.

          1. Cian

            Did you actually read what I said?
            We constantly hear people knocking the HSE and how it’s a shambles, and it’s 3rd world. Like you just did. Did you know that in 2016 over 1.5 million patients were admitted to public hospitals in Ireland for inpatient care? Almost half a million patients were admitted through the Emergency Department. Guess what: they didn’t all get MRSA in a filthy corridor.

            However, my personal experience of A&E, and the HSE, has been great. Perhaps I’m exceptionally lucky? Or perhaps we only hear about the bad experiences.

            Note: I didn’t say HSE was perfect. I didn’t say the HSE doesn’t need any change.

          2. ahjayzis

            In Ireland it’s fairly common to spend DAYS on a chair or a trolley if you’re lucky. Then you’re admitted. Wow, brilliant, a hospital admitted people. Four hours is considered too long in the UK.

            Look, I’m glad you had a good experience. Look around the room, ask the first person you meet about theirs. Ireland is a wealthy country, and the health service is a shambles. These are facts acknowledged by every political party, every doctor, every nurse, newspaper and dog on the street.

            Trolley statistics aren’t over-reported, lengthening waiting lists aren’t over reported.

          3. Cian

            “In Ireland it’s fairly common to spend DAYS on a chair or a trolley if you’re lucky. Then you’re admitted”

            Really?. How ‘common’ is this? 10% of admissions? 1%? 0.1%? 0.01%?

  7. Hughie Luas

    Tony your article could do with less flour.

    In the meantime I don’t know what I am enjoying more: the foaming at the mouth of Irish Times hacks such as Leahy, Collins, Shredder Keena, et al or the mental reservations and silence of the likes of Mullally and O’Toole.

  8. nellyb

    Crisp, thanks Tony.
    I wonder – how does the government justifies its position on Palestine? It’s full of “lumpen”, low income strugglers, poor – the type of “undesirables” FG and Labour are standing against, shoulder to shoulder, here at home.
    Must we have violent foreign invasion and bullet rain to sympathies with our own poor?
    Innit a bit $chiz0?

  9. Nigel

    Say what you like but now I’ve got sexcrimes going round in my head. Doo-doo-doo-dup-dup doo-doo-doo-dup-dup (synth voice) nineteeneightyfour

      1. Nigel

        Yes! Totes hilars! Oddly rekindled my faith that someone knows good music when they hear it.

        1. Bertie "Loves Jo Joyner" Blenkinsop

          I assumed those mails were automatically generated “phishing” mails –
          I’m obviously just old and cynical :)

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      +101
      Me too!
      Plus I think Groveser is giving Paul Murphy way too much credit here.

  10. Tony Groves

    Completely off topic, but I just want to acknowledge the donations made by the BS comment section regulars to my page for the Peter McVerry Trust have been fantastic. Thank you.

    TG

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