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From: Irish Foreign Affairs: Editorials
Date: January, 2010
By: Editorial
Title: Sovereignty And Economic Recovery
Fianna Fáil-Green governance of the economic crisis has operated to date on foreign policy instinct. The manner in which the crisis unfolded and negative commentary on Irish policy by British and European politicians and the British/Irish press has made this necessarily so. As Irish economic meltdown and the alleged hollowness of the “Celtic Tiger” were being proclaimed from London’s Fleet Street, and reiterated in our national press, the country’s credit worthiness went into freefall. Whatever about possible alternatives, the Irish Bank Guarantee Scheme, denounced by EU President Sarkozy among others, rapidly stabilised the financial system and was soon being emulated elsewhere. This occurred against a background of the failure of the Euro-Zone to operate as a coherent currency interest in the global crisis. A cabal of European Big powers (including the hostile Sterling currency zone) presumed Lisbon gave them a basis for functioning on behalf of ‘Europe’ and they proceeded to do so. But, though the Bank Guarantee, and subsequently the creation of the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) and the December 2009 budget – again whatever about possible alternatives – the Irish Government created the type of basis for recovery that has restored national and international confidence (the core factor in functioning capitalism) without resorting to society-destroying deflationism pur. The state operated competently and apparently successfully in the face of UK-EU advice to the contrary.

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From: Irish Political Review: Editorials
Date: January, 2010
By: Editorial
Title: China & Greece
Is the capitalist development of the world endangering its existence? We don't know. It might be that Climategate has exposed the whole thing as a scientific sham. Or it might be that the world is being destroyed by capitalism. If capitalism is destroying the world, the nature of the system is such that there is little prospect that it will stop doing it.

For many centuries China was the biggest and most economically developed civilisation in the world. It never endangered the existence of the world. It never even interfered with the way of life of other societies with the object of making the whole world a replica of China. It let the rest of the world be and it was not tormented by the thought that there were great differences in it. It was content to live its own life and let others live theirs.

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From: Problems Of Capitalism & Socialism: Articles
Date: January, 2010
By: Document
Title: Further Light on UK involvement in German Industrial Relations 1945 - 49 and its relevance in 2001
The original purpose of this paper was to re-examine the two myths which have lingered on about the British Government's involvement in the development of industrial relations in Germany in the immediate post-war period: first, that the Foreign Office was responsible for the setting up of the system of Co-Determination and Workers' Councils, and second that the TUC was responsible for setting up the post-War structure of German Trade Unions, the latter a particular favourite of Victor Feather when General Secretary of the TUC and repeated by Neil Kinnock in a Parliamentary debate in 1971 (Hansard, 19 January 1971).

This was prompted by the release from secrecy in 1999 of two Foreign Office files on 'Trade Union Development in the British Zone of Germany', which we examined, and were led on to other material, with the assistance of people connected with the events, such as Len (Lord) Murray, who was in the research department of the TUC in 1946 and introduced us to a remarkable witness—George Foggon, who was an active member of the Manpower Division of the British Control Commission in Germany from 1945. He not only added valuable personal testimony to the evidence, but handed over to us his own files for the period and, very important, the files of the late Edward Barber, a leading member of the Manpower Division. Finally John Monks, General Secretary of the TUC, confirmed us that this was a burning issue in the present situation of EU labour legislation.

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From: Church & State: Editorials
Date: January, 2010
By: Editorial
Title: The Church And Its Critics
"The Age Of My Craven Deference Is Finally Over". That was the headline on Professor Ronan Fanning's article on the Murphy Report (Sun. Independent 6 Dec.). Well, it was almost the headline. Fanning used the collective "our" rather than the personal "my". But in the case of the Professor of Modern History at the chief College of the National University the personal and the collective merge. The Professor (singular) determines in great part what characterised the plurality of those who went through the educational system to its highest level.

It became well known to us long ago that the paid intelligentsia of the state were craven in their attitude towards the Church. They were sceptics in private but were cynically respectful in public, because they were craven.

When we set out 36 years ago to reduce the role of the Church in the State, and to establish a viable national culture independent of the Church, and therefore necessarily in conflict with the Church, at least in the first instance, we met with very few amongst the official intelligentsia who were in private disagreement with us, but not one of them was willing to say in public what they said in private.

They were cynical participants in the status quo. They functioned by mental reservation.

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From: Irish Political Review: Editorials
Date: December, 2009
By: Editorial
Title: The North Convolutes
Northern Ireland continues to be a problem. That is its destiny. It was designed by its Creator to be a problem and it does not presume to thwart the will of the problem-setter.

The purpose for which Northern Ireland was conceived was to keep Protestants and Catholics together as coherent communities in conflict with each other, within the British state but excluded from its political life, disputing in various ways (from academic to military) over an issue which is incapable of being resolved.

There is disagreement about whether there is a strong case for seeing the Universe as a product of intelligent design which may presume the existence of a Designer. But there is no reasonable ground for doubting that Northern Ireland was constructed by the intelligence of a Designer. It was created by an Act of the Imperial Parliament at a moment when the Empire ruled the world and the wisdom of two and a half centuries of representative government was concentrated in Whitehall. When Britain did what it did in those circumstances, it was not without malice aforethought. What has been happening in Northern Ireland ever since is in line with what a realistic estimate of probabilities would have expected.

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