A Limerick A Day


Russia’s Amnbassador to Ireland, Yury Anatoliyevich Filatov, inside the grounds of the Embassy of Russian Federation in Rathgar, Dublin 6 earlier this month

Soon Dublin’s nest of Russian spies
Will be in for a nasty surprise
When Leo will say
That they simply can’t stay
Unless they put on a disguise.

John Moynes


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49 thoughts on “A Limerick A Day

  1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

    When you run with the big dogs, you can’t weewee like a puppy. Look at Leo, being all tough. “We totes don’t want to expel, like, genuine diplomats,” said he.

    1. Brother Barnabas

      if i ever get the chance to do one of those questionnaire / interview things that asks “best piece of advice ever received”, i’m going to say: “When you run with the big dogs, you can’t weewee like a puppy”

  2. Neilo

    A significant Lotto win and I’d buy a gaff in Thorncliffe Gardens or Orwell Rd. My favourite part of Dublin, bar none.

        1. Neilo

          @BB: Also some very nice ol’ skool culchies turned Dobs, as they say in the local dialect. I could add a few Wee County touches to any neighbourhood, toot sweet.

  3. f_lawless

    I know there’s some out there who wouldn’t be open to giving this article serious consideration, but for what it’s worth, I honestly think that Finian Cunningham’s analysis of the Russian nerve agent story and how it’s connected to what’s happening in Syria is spot on.
    As the NATO powers’ covert war for regime change in Syria has all but fallen apart, the incident in the UK is a constructed narrative to be used to undermine Russia’s authority on the UN Security Council by spreading the smear of chemical weapon use onto to Russia as well as that of the Syrian government.

    In an attempt to get the campaign for regime change back on track, ramping up this Russophobia to unprecedented levels makes the possibility of unilateral military action by the NATO powers against the Syrian government much more likely. (ie. the narrative to the public would then go:- ” the UN Security Council lacks any moral authority while Russia has their power of veto over it. Something must be done”).

    No surprise to see the European “minnows” such as ourselves being put under pressure to tow the line.

      1. Nigel

        Speaking of regime change what a thrill it must be for you guys to see John Bolton back in a position of power and influence in the US presidential administration! Especially an administration headed by someone so impulsive and volatile and increasingly cornered by a relentless investigation!

        1. jusayinlike

          Why would I be thrilled Nigel?

          And what has JB appointment got to do with the Salisbury incident?

        2. f_lawless

          a thrill to see a neo-con gain more influence in the US? What an odd comment. It’s almost like you’re fixated, trying to make sense of world events through a prism of US partisan politics and for some reason, see me as being on the other side. Or something, I don’t know.

          1. Nigel

            I’m sorry I feel this is the predictable outcome of alll the Clinton-as-bloodthirsty-warmonger rhetoric used to divide her base.

          2. f_lawless

            hmm you’re kinda confirming my suspicions with that response..
            I’d be more of the viewpoint that the advancement of politicians such as Clinton and now Trump are symptomatic of the rise of neo-liberalism over the last 30 years or so which has resulted in an unprecedented concentration of wealth into the hands of a few – and it’s the same vested interests which have been leading the world into what now seems like a perpetual state of imperialist war (dressed as humanitarian interventions).
            If you think the election of Clinton in the US would have somehow bucked that trend, that would be ridiculous.

          3. Nigel

            Don’t lecture me about narrow prisms. The great existential threat right now is climate change and environmental destruction. Clinton was not a climate change denier. Think if the perpetual war over dwindling resources when life in the seas dies out.

          4. f_lawless

            Seems like the only way you’ll step out of your paradigm is kicking and screaming!
            The biggest obstacle to us effectively responding to the threat of climate change is the very neolliberal capitalist system that has a grip over most of the world.

            “The political project of neoliberalism, brought to ascendence by Thatcher and Reagan, has pursued two principal objectives. The first has been to dismantle any barriers to the exercise of unaccountable private power. The second had been to erect them to the exercise of any democratic public will…
            At the very moment when climate change demands an unprecedented collective public response, neoliberal ideology stands in the way. Which is why, if we want to bring down emissions fast, we will need to overcome all of its free-market mantras…..Neoliberalism has not merely ensured this agenda is politically unrealistic: it has also tried to make it culturally unthinkable. Its celebration of competitive self-interest and hyper-individualism, its stigmatization of compassion and solidarity”

          5. f_lawless

            Naomi Klein spells it out in this article why Clinton “is uniquely unsuited to the epic task of confronting the fossil-fuel companies that profit from climate change..”
            “…Books have been filled with the failures of Clinton-style philanthrocapitalism. When it comes to climate change, we have all the evidence we need to know that this model is a disaster on a planetary scale. This is the logic that gave the world fraud-infested carbon markets and dodgy carbon offsets instead of tough regulation of polluters—because, we were told, emission reductions needed to be ‘win-win’ and ‘market-friendly.’.. “

          6. Nigel

            Wow we dodged a bullet when we got a climate change denier who has stripped scores of environmental protections and installed cronies from polluting industries in key positions such as head of the EPA instead way to break the paradigm genius. Putin-style gangster oligarchism will be SO much better for the environment than sucky ol’ neoliberalism!

  4. Eoin

    How come we never booted out the Israeli ambassador after Mossad agents were caught using stolen Irish passports? Yet were talking about kicking out the Russians based on accusations of state wrongdoing with no solid evidence presented as of yet. Why is the west suddenly gagging for war all of a sudden?

    1. jusayinlike

      Get Russia off the security council, steamroll Syria, and whip the World Cup to top it all off..

  5. some old queen

    Interesting how many calls are coming from Britain for Europe to back them against the Russians, while also issuing divorce proceedings against same. ‘Highly likely’ there was Russian involvement is not the same is not the same as ‘definately’ of course.

    Semantics to the untrained eye but not to my personal well trained neural network.

  6. david

    The Russians have warned varadka
    He just now has to get Merkel to approve his reply
    If this is little Leo verruca’s bid at building bridges with the UK god love him
    Its more of a bridge of spies than that

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