Sunday 23 July 2017

Jobstown verdict is correct - but beware the backlash

It's time the voting public and the media woke up to the real agenda of the revolutionary Solidarity-PBP, writes Ed Brophy

Defendants in the Jobstown trial led by Paul Murphy (centre) – and including (from left) Frank Donaghy, Michael Banks, Michael Murphy, Kieran Mahon and Scott Masterson – leaving the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photo: Collins Courts
Defendants in the Jobstown trial led by Paul Murphy (centre) – and including (from left) Frank Donaghy, Michael Banks, Michael Murphy, Kieran Mahon and Scott Masterson – leaving the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photo: Collins Courts

Ed Brophy

"If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat" - Sun Tzu, The Art of War.

In the past few years, and particularly since Paul Murphy won the Dublin South West by-election back in 2014, our political system and media have struggled to get their heads around the role and agenda of the Trotskyite left. RTE in particular seems to operate under the illusion that the representatives of what is now called 'Solidarity-PBP' are no different to those of any other political party, affording them disproportionate airtime to outline their utopian vision.

Some of this soft-headedness has been due to canny political positioning by Solidarity - placing itself on the side of what a certain whimsical section of the electorate sees as the better angels of our nature on causes from Apollo House through repeal of the Eighth to Apple's taxes.

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