Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week September 9, 2012Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
Before getting to the stupidity, an interesting open letter to her Dáil colleagues from Nessa Childers.
I particularly enjoyed this raising of the Lockout as a means to justify an attack on the trade unions for refusing to re-negotiate Croke Park. Big Jim would, it seems, have supported wage cuts rather than, say, tax increases or not giving all our money to capitalist bankers.
As for the trade unions, with the 100th anniversary of 1913 Lockout imminent, they would do well to ponder what the great Jim Larkin would make of the Croke Park Agreement and the way in which it has impacted on wider society, particularly the most vulnerable workers and the people they serve.
This week’s winner by a nose (for linking unions to religion) is Marc Coleman.
Just as they did in the Eighties, Labour and Fine Gael are giving the unions what they want. And just as in the Eighties, the unions stand ready to cripple the economy with strikes if their privileges or the Croke Park deal are threatened. And like the pious euphemisms of Catholic Ireland, the new hierarchy have invented pious euphemisms of their own to describe this charade: “industrial peace”.