Every year it arrives like clockwork. I’ve never met him, cannot vote for him but yet he thinks I’m important enough to merit a Christmas Card. I don’t know if he thinks that Kilkenny and Wexford should bury the hatchet and celebrate the nativity together but I don’t think he understands Wexford nor most other counties for that matter judging by his performance on last night’s Late Late.
John McGuinness’s 15 minutes of fame started on the late late show. Nearly 25 years on from the establishment of the PD’s (they haven’t gone away yet, you know!) and the right wing demand to get the state off the back of business and 7 years of a PD minister in the Department of Enterprise and Employment John complains that the department still doesn’t understand the business sector. John went on to say that the future of the republican party depends on the encouraging the small business sector! Heavy stuff that, poor old WB Yeats had it wrong when he wrote about fumbling in the greasy till. There’s a new type of victim in the Gospel according to St John the latter day martyr. It’s business!
Like many who watched, I wondered how John could isolate in his mind the people who will lose Christmas bonuses, the overcrowded classrooms, the reduction in hospital services which John supported so that the Banks could be re-capitalised in order to get money flowing to small business and to end the credit crunch.
But when you run the rule over the current crop of Fianna Fail back benchers who are faced with losing their seats at the next election, many of them are accountants and solicitors, the type of profession that thrived during the boom. This sort of logic is aimed at them and maybe John sees himself as Des O’Malley once did at the head of club that will push Fianna Fail further into the hands of business and further away from its origins in every community in the country. The days when Fianna Fail drew candidates from within a community and could rely on the deep well of volunteerism are gone.
A new type of social partnership is needed according to John. John says unions should get real and do what they do in Germany. But there’s a fear going round workforces in Ireland and it started in the last few months. Workers worry that management and owners are taking advantage of the economic downturn to deliberately re-structure not from the point of protecting the business and jobs but to maximise profits. All of this started on John’s watch as Minister for Trade. The former minister should note that in countries that he referred to, those governments moved to protect jobs much better than he did, when the German ambassador pointed out a few home truths about the Irish business class John’s government rebuked him for pointing out the glaring obvious.
I’d be delighted to see Fianna Fail take on John’s vision. This will further deepen the vacuum that exists between Fianna Fail and communities and create opportunities for the Labour Party. I think real Fianna Fail people are very uncomfortable with McGuinness. If his former senior minister was to go public and remark about him she’d be hounded in the media. John will find out during the year that FF do croneyism very well but not Neo-Thathcherism. So if its cutbacks he favours, spare the tax payer the cost of my card this year, no offence taken but most of all Happy Christmas, John!
One of the reasons their same to
muted opposition to the prospect
of third level fees is because
there are perceived not going amount to much in costs of fees
and poorer students get a waiver
Even though sub prime student loans must be repaid reguardless of income, plus to have third level
completely dependant on tuition fees as means of “self Financing” has to be really very expensive.
At moment the highest the tuition fee the U.K. Is $6000. Its not a lot but however right now
university cheifs are demaning the right to set their own ranging from $10000, $20000 a year. At the moment the fees for the Royal College of Surgeons is $40000 a year. I know a taxi driver who has a Wife and 2 kids who is paying $6000 a year to study computers in maynooth university,hardly “rich”. What is more alarming is that Fianna Fáil is importing the
austrailian and New Zealand’s third models which is one the most expensive in the world
(only 15% of third level students are from working class back grounds in austraila)
Gerenally courses in austrailia range from $35000, $55000 a year
More imformation on the Austrailian and New Zealand’s third model system costs:
The possible furture of irish third level.
Another reason Fianna Fáil has such an easy ride over the tuition fees is the Perception than that Free fees only befit the rich, these figures prove other wise
The socio-economic intake into the universities
Children of agricultural workers accounted for only 0.3pc
children of unskilled workers
semi-skilled for 5.1pc;
skilled manual for 9.9pc;
and non-manual for 9.7pc
The socio-economic intake into the institutes of technology
children of unskilled workers
and skilled manual (15.6pc)
and non- manual (11pc).
Note: The institutes of technology are opposed to fees and they never charged them
The rise in numbers
“But the really big gains in Dublin are in areas with high levels of social disadvantage, where, in some cases, the proportion of 17-19-year-olds at college has more than doubled since 1998.
In the Dublin 1 north inner city, participation has shot up from 8.9pc to 22.8pc, but the Ballyfermot area remains stubbornly low at 11.7pc.”
“The participation rate of students from the semi-skilled and unskilled groups rose from 23pc to 33pc-
40pc, while students from the skilled manual group rose from 32pc 50pc- 60pc. However, the semi-skilled and unskilled manual groups, as well as other non-manual groups, account for a smaller share of new entrants than their share of the population.
There is particular concern about the non-manual groups, such as gardai below the rank of sergeant, prison officers and clerical officers, whose participation rate declined from 29pc to 27pc since 1998”
“* A large increase in participation in Dublin 24 from 26pc to 40c and in Dublin 15 from 40pc to 55pc is probably linked to proximity to Tallaght and Blanchardstown institutes of technology.”
This economist Keynesianism advise to save the country
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