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From: Labour & Trade Union Review: Editorials
Date: July, 2010
By: Editorial
Title: The Myth of Ken Coates
Ken Coates died on 27th June, 2010. Our sister magazine, Problems of Capitalism and Socialism, extensively covered Ken Coates' successful blocking of the industrial democracy proposals made in the Bullock Report on Industrial Democracy in 1977. Given that coverage there should have been no need to say any more following Coates' death. But the statement below from John Palmer's obituary for Coates in the Guardian on 30th June makes some comment necessary. Otherwise anyone unaware of what went on in the labour movement in the mid- to late seventies would be left with a completely false impression.

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From: Church & State: Editorials
Date: July, 2010
By: Editorial
Title: Civil Partnership: The Enlightenment Proceeds
The destruction of the family as the means of reproducing the species was implicit in the Enlightenment proclaimed in Europe over two centuries ago.

It was declared that individuals were ends in themselves. If they were ends in themselves, then they were under no obligation to submit to social arrangements conducive to the continuation of the species.

England dissented from the European Enlightenment, and made war on it when the Enlightenment took the form of the French Revolution.

The French Republic proclaimed Enlightenment values as the Rights of Man. It defended itself successfully against the military combination got together to destroy it. Voltaire's satirical joke then became the dominant fact of life in Europe: "This animal is dangerous: when attacked it defends itself". By defending itself against the traditional order of Europe, it made itself a threat to Europe.

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From: Irish Political Review: Editorials
Date: June, 2010
By: Editorial
Title: The Imperial Elections
The British Election, which is also held in the North even though it can play no real part in it, sometimes throws up some things of interest, despite its essential irrelevance. It was suggested that this time it would really be part of the British Election. The Irish Times, which never admitted that the British Election in the North was bogus—and was praised by Martin Mansergh for never allowing our view of Northern affairs to be expressed in it—suddenly suggested that this time it would not be bogus, but would be about the real issues of British government. But of course it wasn't. The famous 'bread and butter' issue made no more than a token appearance. All the parties stood for more bread and butter.

Reg Empey's Unionist Party, even though it pretended to have become part of the Tory Party, did not advocate cuts in the supply of bread and butter. Empey's selling point was that, if he was returned with a little flock of MPs, he would use his influence to prevent party policy being applied to the North. He did not win a single seat—not even his own. He lost the only seat he used to have, Lady Hermon's in North Down. Lady Hermon held the seat, but left the Unionist Party when it attached itself to the Tories because she agreed with the policies and general outlook of Labour.

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From: Irish Political Review: Editorials
Date: May, 2010
By: Editorial
Title: Existential Crises
The Irish body politic is broken—so says the Irish Times, taking the wish for the deed.

"We are not the citizens any more of a vibrant, confident state, but of a broken polity. We are no longer the masters we believed ourselves to be of our own fates, but hapless players of hands dealt us by others, by huge uncontrollable forces beyond our understanding. Old attachments and certainties to and about institutions like Church and State, to which our parents clung with what now seems naive optimism, and which to a great extent defined their sense of identity for good and ill, were castles built on sand…" (St. Patrick's Day)


What has changed in political life in recent years to warrant all of this?

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From: Irish Political Review: Editorials
Date: April, 2010
By: Editorial
Title: Ireland: The State We're In
Cowen came to power in Ireland with an agenda of restoring the autonomy of the state, notably by freeing it from social restraints to enable it re-shape the economy as it saw fit. But it was a different agenda from that espoused by Labour Party statesman Ruairí Quinn, who last year, at the "Lemass International Forum", in a curious metaphor attacked the "blancmange where the slowest carrying caravan on the tail of social partnership is the one that's leading the speed of change" and who had previously denounced the "cloying effects of social partnership".

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