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Old April 22nd, 2006 #1
Abzug Hoffman
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Default Up the Irish/Workers political slogans?

Anybody know the origin of "Up the Irish!" or "Up the Workers!" ?

I just heard the slogan "Up the Irish!" in a Disney movie on TV. Naturally the character who said it was a hideous jew slob type, Buddy Somebody. The only other place I ever heard this slogan was in a old movie called "Portrait of Jennie", which featured an obnoxious judeo-commie sort of "Irishman", naturally living in Jew York City.

And the other day I watched a Hard Day's Night, where Paul McCartney says "Up the Workers!" which sounds like a commie slogan.

But searching on Yahoo for either of these slogans brings up nothing.

Maybe Hollywood writers just made these slogans up?
 
Old April 22nd, 2006 #2
Abzug Hoffman
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Default I answer my own question, sort of

I just remembered another one - Up the rebels, which I think Paul McCartney's "Irish grandfather" says in the police station scene in Hard Day's Night. That does come up on yahoo -


The Limb of the Law
(Brian O'Higgins?)


You can tell by my feet I'm a limb of the law
The people of Dublin for me have no gra;
The hiss me and boo me when I pass them by,
"Sinn Fein", "Up the rebels" you'll hear them all cry.
Now you may think that's bad, but there's one thing that's worse
This grand Irish language on my soul 'tis a curse.
Wid' their yibberin and yabberin like an old asses' bray,
The Castle expects me to know what they say,

chorus: With "Ochone" and "Mo Bhroin" you'll hear them all say
"An dtuigeann tu me?" and "Sinn Fein, hooray!"
"Is doigh liom go bhfuil is doigh liom nach e"
"Ach ta me ag foghlaim na Gaeilge."
 
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