Neo-liberalism and the Irish polity April 17, 2014Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Just noticed this from Vincent Brown’s column in the Irish Times.
Joining the euro, the single currency, was a momentous change, for it involved the surrender of a large chunk of what remained of our sovereignty. It opened the floodgates to cheap money, the property bubble and the financial crash. But, most crucially, it required the incorporation into our political culture and public policy of the ideology of neoliberalism – the supremacy of markets, light touch or no touch regulation, privatisation and all the attendant inequalities that such policies ordain.
Not that there were not pressures domestically to go with that infection. Mary Harney (more Boston that Berlin) was perhaps the foremost apostle of neoliberalism but she had ardent disciples in Bertie Ahern, Charlie McCreevy, Richard Bruton and some silent ones in the Labour Party
It’s an interesting assessment overall and quite persuasive, certainly the EU project appears to have ever more tightly embedded us and other member states in a very specific definition of the orthodoxy, but what about the last line in it?
I’ve always felt the 2007 LP election platform, and in particular the attitude to personal taxation, was worthy of much greater consideration than it was perhaps afforded in terms of what it represented in respect of the positioning of that party and how it saw itself as much as critiques from beyond it. But the term ‘silent ones’ is genuinely fascinating for what it implies.