Barry Andrews Admits to Being Pale, Male, Stale; Death of a Hero in the Gulag

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FG MEP Maria Walsh resurrected the old “male, pale and stale” jibe earlier this month when she attacked  the three candidates Fianna Fáil has selected so far to run in those elections — Barry Cowen, Billy ­Kelleher and Barry Andrews — as “male, pale and stale”. Barry Cowen objected but it was the response of Andrews that was cringe-inducing. He apologised!  according to an article in the Sunday Independent

Andrews said Fianna Fáil’s selection of candidates so far “isn’t a good look” and remarked: “In my area in Dún Laoghaire we’ve great representation at council level, at Dáil level… there are structural problems around Irish politics, but, yeah, it’s a hands-up job.”

Barry Andrews has form in this respect; he is a male feminist who is a Substitute Member for the FEMM Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality of the EU Parliament.

This is a powerful committee which among other issues championed the EU accession to the Istanbul Convention in 2023.

Andrews’s links with the NWC

Andrews has close links with the National Women’s Council which held the chair of the Irish Observatory on Violence Against Women and Girls, a coalition of more than 20 organisations including Women’s Aid, the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre and the National Women’s Council.

In early December 2022, the Observatory’s report  to Grevio was launched at a seminar facilitated by the European Parliament Liaison Office in Ireland. Those familiar with the Istanbul Convention will know that Grevio is the oversight body charged with ensuring the implementation of the Convention. It was due to visit Ireland in early 2023, hence this report by the Observatory.
Andrews was the main speaker at the event where Orla O’Connor of the NWC presided.

A few quotes from the report gives an idea of the impact of the Istanbul convention on Irish law: The report says the State lacks “full control” on the implementation of the national curriculum, which means “some schools may be excluding topics such as abortion, same sex relationships and gender identity”. This is happening because of the “ethos” clause in the rules for national schools, it says.

“Such an ethos clause therefore violates Article 14 of the Istanbul Convention.”

The Observatory report focuses on compliance with 20 articles of the Convention which it says cover those issues most urgently raised by NGOs, including resources, professional training, shelters and custody disputes.

The Parental Alienation Issue

A final quote from the report points up the war which is ongoing between Ideology as represented by the Observatory, and Empirical Science as based on evidence and rational inquiry, over the much disputed concept of Parental Alienation:

“Particular concern is raised about the family law courts, which it says, are not keeping women and children safe from ongoing violence post-separation. The report highlights that family law courts are also facilitating the use of the “much-discredited concept of parental alienation” which “may be used by the abusive partner to dismiss the children and/or mothers’ claim of violence perpetrated against the children and/or the mother”.

Needless to say Grevio does not believe in Parental Alienation. The Istanbul Convention, based as it is on Ideology, has little time for Science.

One has to ask: Does Barry Andrews believe Parental Alienation is a much discredited concept? The FG TD Bernard Durkan has also described PA as a pseudo-condition.

This website has pointed out several times that a great deal of evidence  very strongly supports the concept of parental alienation:   Table 2.

Andrews needs to come clean on this because of the charge of misinformation cited above.

A Hero Dies in the Gulag

People across the globe mourned a very different kind of man in recent days, one who stood for freedom and had the glowing spirit which dared to proclaim it in the face of frightful brutality, perennial hardship and the constant threat of death and torture by a foul regime.

The death of Alexei Navalny is a cause of unutterable sadness to supporters of freedom worldwide. Navalny was a constant thorn in Putin’s side. Two days after a previous arrest, his anti-corruption fund released a report detailing Putin’s alleged secret ownership of a €1 billion palace on the Black Sea. Despite the Kremlin’s denials, the video has already been viewed more than 98 million times on YouTube.

In August 2020, Navalny was hospitalized in serious condition after being poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent. He was evacuated from Siberia to Berlin and discharged a month later. Early in 2021 he returned to Russia where he was immediately arrested and sentenced to lengthy prison terms which were further increased in subsequent trumped up charges. He must have known he was going back to certain death, that Putin would not let him go free again. So why did he do it? A message  to his supporters repeated on TV in answer to the query what to do in the event of his death was very simple: Don’t give up, keep up the fight.

A quote from the great French writer Albert Camus is apposite here:

A living man can be enslaved and reduced to the historic condition of an object. But if he dies in refusing to be enslaved, he reaffirms the existence of another kind of human nature which refuses to be classified as an object.

To its eternal shame Amnesty International delisted him as a prisoner of conscience in 2021 and Amnesty calls itself a human rights organisation.



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