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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: May 13, 2009 @ 7:25 pm

    Joe Higgins and Canada’s famous Mouseland narrative

    Harry McGee

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    Joe Higgins introduces a famous speech given by Tommy Douglas of the New Democrat party in Canada in the 1960s. It was subsequently animated, much like Give Up Your Old Sins.

    It’s a wonderful piece of film, another powerful political allegory where animals are the stars!

    Higgins rues the fact that the New Democrat party later became ‘coalitionists’.

    That’s a bit of a problem isn’t it.

    An unwillingness to compromise.

    If the Socialist Party won’t enter any alliance, they will have to give us their prediction as to when they can win a majority of seats in the Dáil. In the long run, effecting change means more than being a voice crying out in the wilderness.

    Maybe it’s just me, but it’s very hard for me to visualise Joe Higgins as a mouse!

    • Keith says:

      For the record, the New Democratic Party are a sister party of the Labour Party here, and there are several people who are members of both!

      And on one of those weird notes, Kiefer Sutherland, aka Jack Bauer, is Tommy Douglas’ grandson.

    • Harry says:

      By the way, Higgins website http://www.joehiggins.eu is worth checking out.

    • An Fear Bolg says:

      Unrelated but, Harry, shouldn’t the IT just give Demot Lacey a regular column? He appears in the letters page almost as much as your weekly columnists.

      It’s an old gripe I know, but I don’t see why the letters page should be taken up by elected representatives with plenty of means to get their messages across.

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