Feb 102009
 

What’s the difference between Declan Ganley and Max Headroom?

Answer: Ganley’s a cartoon.


Max Headroom

Declan Ganley

How else would you explain his overnight decline into quivering ultra-Catholic paranoia? How else could you explain his descent from measured logical argumentation to quoting Papal encyclicals?

Here’s a guy who fronted the anti-Lisbon campaign, and who did it well, even if you disagreed with him. I had no problem with people opposing the treaty: he’s entitled to do that if he wants. He came across as a reasonable, balanced, self-possessed man of the world, articulating a sincerely-held objection to the provisions of the Lisbon Treaty. Now, admittedly, the vehicle he created for his campaign, Libertas, remains a highly questionable entity, funded by shadowy cash from all sorts of murky corners, which he refused to discuss. And many of us were disturbed by his connections to the American military communications business and the spooks in homeland security, but it’s more than that.

On a personal level, he makes me uncomfortable. He has the look of a man who practises in front of a mirror. His studied demeanour reminds me of a spokesman for Scientology: all steely gaze and tilt-headed, patient smirk. This man believes he is the Chosen One.

I thought his motivations for opposing the treaty were far from pure and I said so at the time. I thought he had an agenda that had nothing whatever to do with the Lisbon Treaty. I thought it was all about money, because I believed Ganley was at heart a two-bit spiv, out to make a fast buck wherever he could, and I still believe that, but I also believe he’s a bit more than that.

During the lead-up to the referendum, Ganley’s Libertas aligned itself with some dubious characters – most notably the troglodytes who call themselves Cóir, but who are really Youth Defence, who are in turn the spawn of whatever lunatic far-right claque you care to select. Muintir na hÉireann are my personal favourites for the overweening arrogance in their choice of name: the People of Ireland.

He fooled me though. Ganley fooled me, and he fooled me good. I thought he was just using the Youth Defence goons as a tool to achieve his political and financial objectives, but I never for a second dreamed that he was the absolute, cast-iron embodiment of drooling ultra-Right Catholicism himself.

I couldn’t believe the change. It was as good as any computer graphics I’ve ever seen, and a million miles ahead of poor old jittery Ma-ma-ma-ma-max Head-ed-ed-ed-ed-ed-ed-room. It was better than American Werewolf in London. Better than the Howling. Better than any of your fancy-dan CGI effects in the movies.

When the moon came out, Ganley sprouted fangs, and hairy paws to hide his manicure. He tilted his long hairy nose to the clouds and he howled a roar of Catholic self-pity at the skies.

There were complaints to the Broadcasting Complaints Commission that RTÉ were unfair when they made a Prime Time programme, exposing his dealings in the former Soviet Baltic states and his inflated claims of access to politicians. It shone a light on his strange relationships with the US military and security industry. The camera closed in on him as he squirmed and smirked and evaded when confronted with interviews from people he claimed to know in Latvia. Declan who?

The programme made him look like a Walter Mitty character who believes his own myth, whose plausibility is his main strength, and who managed to charm many influential people. Ganley made a lot of money from this charming persona, but it’s a brittle armour he wears to protect himself against reality, and he lashes out at anyone who dares to poke at it.

The Complaints Commission told the complainants to get stuffed. Ganley is a big boy, they said. He chose to enter politics and he can expect to be questioned. That’s democracy for you.

Ganley doesn’t like to be questioned and I’m not sure he’s too keen on democracy either. He certainly doesn’t like criticism or ridicule. Right now, he’s trying to have Village magazine withdraw an article called Declan Ganley, Snake-Oil Salesman.

Ganley addressed the John Paul II Society conference at the weekend, taking the opportunity to dismiss criticisms of himself as filthy lies, and emphasising his opposition to same-sex marriage, and the importance of The Family. I remember the eighties, when every authoritarian maniac in Ireland was beating us over the head with talk about this idealised Family,and using it to justify every sort of oppression and madness.

In telling the conference, which was co-hosted by Human Life International, that it was undemocratic of the government to be seeking a second referendum on Lisbon, Ganley seemed to overlook one obvious irony. Many of his listeners had forced not one, but two, repeat abortion referendums on us, looking for the result they wanted, and they still clamour for yet another.

According to Ganley,

Our Holy Father teaches us that once society does not treat every life as precious and inviolable from conception to natural death, then man becomes a product subjected to pragmatism and utilitarianism such that abortion, euthanasia and the destruction of human life are presented as false rights and choice.

Listen to the language: Our Holy Father teaches us.

I find that phrase worrying. Here is a man who wants to lead a Europe-wide political party, yet who defers to the teaching of another man. Here, in the end of it all, is somebody who doesn’t think for himself, but seems content to take his opinions from an unelected priest in Rome, and not only his opinions, but his immutable, fixed, unshakeable beliefs.

Such people, it seems to me, are more than happy to pass on the teachings to doubters like me, persuading us, if necessary, through the use of a fist or a boot or a baseball bat until we too accept the teachings of the Holy Father.

I have always found Youth Defence and its other manifestations detestable, undemocratic, subversive, and profoundly contrary to the Christian teachings they claim as their own. There is no charity in these ultra-Catholic groupings, only hatred and judgement. They are populated by mentally unsound people and led by the likes of Ganley, demagogues so insecure that they’ll stop at nothing until somebody somewhere recognises them as the Messiah.

I think Ganley is one such brittle demagogue. I think his ego is so huge and so fragile that he will suffer torture until he leads a strong band of unquestioning followers to some sort of power in Europe.

In these dangerous times, with world Depression threatening, do we really need another Messianic, power-obsessed European politician?

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Also on Bock:

Lisbon Treaty

Eucharistic Congress for Dublin in 2012

Doppelgangers. Mína Bean Uí Chribín and Mena Cribben

Catholic-Supported Sex Abuser Gets Reduced Sentence For Being Female

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Elsewhere:

Maman Poulet

Cedar Lounge

Irish Times

  20 Responses to “Declan Ganley – A Catholic Werewolf Transubstantiates”

Comments (20)
  1.  

    NO!

  2.  

    What?

  3.  

    The fucker doesn’t even believe his own bullshit.Just another megalomaniac cunt.

  4.  

    Excellent post Bock.

  5.  

    I keep re-reading the title to remind myself that this wasn’t an article on Bertie Ahern. And I’m not just saying that for comic effect either.

  6.  

    Well BOCK, you’ve hit the nail on the head so hard on this one I wonder if the INTERWEB will finally shut you down; you reporobate you!!!

  7.  

    Ganley the Iraqi years are the current topic re. Village lawsuit.

    Ganley is not as sure footed as he would like people to think as his SNAFU re EU funding last week and questions being asked about where the signatures came from.

    “In these dangerous times, with world Depression threatening, do we really need another Messianic, power-obsessed European politician?”
    Hell NO
    Libertas? Nein Danke!

  8.  

    John Paul II Society? WTF is that?

    Never mind. I don’t want to know. It’ll drive up my blood pressure.

  9.  

    I’m not sure if Ganley is as complicit as you might imagine regarding the catholic groups.

    I think he sees them as groupings of maliable voters (or soon to be voters) who by definition are gullible enough to support his agenda because he is “one of them”.

    The US republican party copped on to this years ago. The religeous will comply without question and the moderate religeous will enable it through numbers. Say what you like, but the only reason religeous fundamentalism is allowed to exist is because there are moderates who get uppity when you try to point out that the whole thing is a crock of shit.

    Ganley is a smoother operator than many give him credit for. Millions drawn from smoke and mirrors are still millions. The means were merely to an end.

    And thusly, we herd the flock to our bidding.

  10.  

    I find this comical, the man simply came out and stated the facts on Lisbon (something that the government failed to do) yet he is continuously vilified by bigoted prejudiced people like you.

    The primetime documentary was grossly misleading and poorly edited which the dog on the street knows. It was something akin to a Michael Moore documentary.

    He runs a disaster and recovery telecommunications company with dealings with the US homeland security, it does give way for some runaway ludicrous conspiracies.

    “When the moon came out, Ganley sprouted fangs, and hairy paws to hide his manicure.” lol I mean come on. Did he hold a gun to anyone’s head?

  11.  

    I don’t see this as a surprise. His family was always a vocal part of the anti abortion movement at the local level. I think that’s a solid part of his upbringing. I also saw in interviews several references that he made to his Catholic faith.
    He was also a big FCA dude in his youth which for our area was a bit odd. I mean he took it seriously.
    Not a big fan of him myself but I don’t think he was misleading anyone regarding his faith.

  12.  

    Nigel — The guns are held by a different branch of the security business. I’m glad you managed to lol.

  13.  

    We are fortunate that a man of his calibre devotes his time to our nation.

  14.  

    This is indeed true. What a magnificent Leader he will make when he finally imposes his wonderfulness on us.

    I’m not entirely sure of his calibre though. We’re told that he knows a considerable amount about the 7.62 calibre, the kalashnikov size. But perhaps you refer to .44. or .45.

    Or maybe you prefer .22 or .357.

    Who knows?

    Perhaps he’ll choose his own calibre for disposing of his opponents after he seizes power.

  15.  

    I have it on very good authority that Ganley believes God has called him to politics…

  16.  

    Like God called Bush to invade Iraq. He (God) is very interested in oil — and pipelines through Afghanistan.

  17.  

    You know I have spent over a year digging into the auto-generated myth of Declan Ganley. But perhaps it was fond memories of the full moon fuelled psychotic beauty of my ex-girlfriend – Ms Ali Svelte – that blinded me to monthly let the hair down and the fangs out night.
    I thank you Mr Bock and I will endevour to keep an eye open in future for crombie wearing werewolves with plummy city accents.

    Did you catch Delia at the count – trying a First Lady Synthesis Carla/Michelle… but hey it wasn’t her day…she didn’t get a First Man.
    In fact she hasn’t even got a man.
    She’s got a wolf in a City prick’s clothing.

    A bad day for Libertas. A great day for Liberty.

    So Deco – Go Howl at the Moon.

  18.  

    More Please!!

  19.  

    FT Duck – if you wanted more of the above, there’s oodles to be found on ganleydeclan.blogspot.com

  20.  

    The pic looks as though he’d love to be a super model, if he had hair he
    could flick it!

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