The League of Extraordinary Ungentlemen

All changed, changed utterly: A terrible reality is born.

Well after the spectacle of the Government being forced by severely negative public opinion to turn down the ill-thought and farcical offer of the 12 unpaid days of Christmas carol by the bearded combined choir of the ICTU the unions are now revolting.

What makes me laugh is the irony of the likes of David Begg blaming the current crisis on the bankers, politicians and the private sector alone. He was on the board of the Central Bank the very organisation that is supposed to oversee the whole Irish Banking industry. Its an organisation that failed to do its job. Sure all these union leaders have had their snouts firmly in the trough of partnership, feeding side by side with the very pariahs that they now vilify (the bankers, private sector leaders and the politicians).

They also claim to represent the low paid workers of the Public Service but they are just using these people. The new blood in the Public Service is the future of the country and they are being held down due to a service that is based in the Victorian Age that protects the status quo that seems to penalise any innovation or enterprise at all. Basically at odds with the image that we have projected abroad of a country that is an innovator and flexible. They are protecting the lazy.

I see the GRA are polling their members to get a mandate to strike. This action is against the law. What I want to know now is do we have to set up Militias to protect our properties and families if the Gardai are going to refuse to do their jobs.

Finally a message to our so called Government, you have to stay the course now. Face these unions down, if you waver then we are all in trouble both private and public sector.

Irish Fudge

…..and we’re not talking about a chocolate bar here either!

After all the talk about having to make tough decisions and that there will be painful times ahead for the Public Service what does the Government have to offer after days of intensive talks with the Unions on saving the country 1.3 billion Euro on the public wages bill?

Unpaid leave? The Government have bottled it, at a time when decisive tough leadership is needed they have delivered the leadership equivalent of a limp handshake.

As per their normal modus operandi FF are putting their interests ahead that of the country again by using a sticking plaster on a wound that needs major surgery. They are leaving the issue of a bloated Public Sector wage bill to the next government showing again a total lack of leadership or commitment to the future of Ireland. Couple that with the fact that enforced unpaid leave like this will diminish front line services even more, then the ordinary taxpayer is going to reap the pain of this short sighted and weak decision as usual.

With regard to the entry level Public Service workers how do they feel now that they are taking the same cuts as their bloated middle and upper management colleagues who they are subsiding. Sounds like the unions have gotten them a “fair deal” alright.

Cowen is going to go down as the most ineffectual and useless FF Taoiseach that we have ever had backed up by an ever more anonymous Cabinet. Given his competition that is an extremely low accolade indeed.

FF the party of bottlers, gougers, spoofers and in some cases criminals.

If we tolerate this then our children will be next.

Today we have the ugly sight of public service workers downing tools and going on strike. Approximately 16000 patients have had their procedures cancelled today. Many of them are public patients and have waited a long time for these procedures, is it right to prolong their misery? Some parents have had to take a days leave from work to mind children who should have attended school, yet more work days lost to the economy.

If a company is spending more than its making it has to make changes to stay in business. Costs are cutback, Overtime is curtailed, wages and hours are cut and then finally people lose their jobs. This has been the pattern in the economy over the last year. The final part has happened to 170,000 people this year with over 400,000 people now unemployed. If behaviour like todays contemptible action is replicated a lot more taxpayers will be converted into the unemployed. Is it so hard for people in the public service to realise that they either have to take pay cuts or their numbers will have to be trimmed. If things don’t improve both may happen anyway.

The Government is the largest employer in the state, at the moment based on current figures it is borrowing around 20 billion to pay its costs. This money will have to be paid back. The Unions solution is to borrow our way out of this by softening the measures needed to remedy the situation by an extra few years. This is complete and utter madness, not only are they saddling our generation with crippling debt they are asking the next generation to pay for all our mistakes as well.

God preserve us from the Union Leaders and their Fantasy Economic flights of fancy.