An expedient voice November 14, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
I see that John Moran, former secretary general of the Department of Finance from 2012-2014 is airing his views in the SBP this weekend. And they’re most handy views, all things considered, for a certain tranche of the orthodoxy.
For him ‘a minority within want to take for themselves what little resources we might have’. Furthermore he writes ‘they will wreck our finances again for future generations’. Hmmm… again? Surely he’s got that wrong, though didn’t we hear something similar from Stephen Collins recently too?
But who are this minority?
‘The demands from public sector unions are undemocratic’. Why so? Because apparently the exercise of the right to strike in favour of improved wages and conditions goes against ‘Budget 2017’ which as a manifestation of ‘new politics’ and according to Moran ‘not perfect’ was ‘democracy’.
What gives any vested interest or loser the right to hijack that democratic process by demanding their own special deal before next year’s priorities are established?
Think about that. He’s essentially arguing against public sector workers having the right to strike.
It’s completely zany stuff really. One can agree or disagree with the reason a union might exercise a right, but the idea that Budgets are so sacrosanct is absurd. Furthermore note the following:
When the building boom merry go round stopped we discovered what we were really earning nd how little we were paying in taxes. We realised that our expectations were too high and that we were living beyond our means. We were forced to rein in our expectations and realign them with the real value of our national output.
What now gives anyone the right to demand for themselves ‘restoration’ to those unsustainable levels at the expense of others?
That completely ignores so many political and economic factors that it is hard to know where to begin. Who was paying too little? Is the current level optimal? And so on.
And what of further calls of his, for example that pensions should be on the table in future, or that compulsory redundancies should be an option? It’s all utterly reactionary stuff, and positioned within an approach that see an almost punitive approach to public sector workers as the only reasonable one.
There’s more but you get the gist.