Knaves, fools and responsibility

November 19, 2019

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It may be too simple to say that only fools institutes the same policies time after time, on each occasion expecting a different outcome. This could be knavish behaviour, with the policymakers and their backers — the few — continuing to benefit at the expense of the many they profess to support.

Who is really responsible for the economic mess

November 17, 2019

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Workers and their organisations are not responsible for the debt trap and the economic muddle the country now finds itself in. And while sections of the public sector may be bloated, perhaps the excess lies in areas that do not impact on the facilities required by the majority of the population.

A fight for the many, not the few

November 15, 2019

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Workers and their unions will once again be castigated as greedy, selfish and unpatriotic as they fight back against having to pay for the maladministratio0n, incompetence and corruption of the existing order. But they are, for all their faults, battling to protect the many from the increasing predations of the few.

The political voice labour must find

November 5, 2019

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Riven by ideological squabbles and apparently unwilling to face up the technological realities of the 21st Century, the once militant South African trade union movement is in danger of becoming increasingly less relevant. Yet this was a m ovement that played a significant role in the anti-apartheid struggle.

SA unions: still seeking a coherent political role

November 2, 2019

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Ever since making a tentative move toward principled unity 23 years ago, South Africa's modern and militant trade unions, once to the forefront of the struggle against apartheid, have steadily weakened, with a degree of fragmentation. Now, with the realities of the digital revolution being felt, time is not on their side if they wish to remain relevant and play a role of protectors and extenders of democracy.

Ireland’s Obama mania

October 30, 2019

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The Irish legacy of US President Barrack Obama is an example of ostentatious vulgarity known as Obama Plaza. But it is also a masterpiece of marketing in a country known more for its wild beauty and its contribution, especially to literature and migration.

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Johnson puts UK establishment & Ireland in the firing line

August 31, 2019

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‘Make the most of October: a month of anniversary events, before the bank runs, food shortages and petrol queues start . . .’ (London Review of Books advert as demonstrations erupted in several UK centres) The decision by British premier Boris Johnson to prorogue (suspend) parliament has caused an uproar throughout Britain and Europe and […]

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