Madam, – Jimmy Kelly of Unite argues that “these are ordinary people standing up for their rights” (Breaking News, August 4th). What rights exactly, he does not clarify. They have a right to statutory redundancy, nothing more. I will certainly be cheering if Thomas Cook withdraw their already significant severance offerings and give these individuals no more than Irish redundancy law affords. I certainly hope and trust that none of these people will be offered free legal aid after their blatant contempt for the rule of law. One company has stood up and fended off the bullying tactics of Irish trade unionism – hopefully other companies will follow. – Yours, etc,
Firms of the world should unite, having nothing to lose but human interference in the generation of profit. What genius thought it was a good idea to not obey the law? Human history shows us that the law is there to be deified. Back in the day you had kings and tyrants who enacted laws for their own ends. But now we have liberal democracy, which means everyone is equal before the law. So the wage-labourer who needs to sell his labour capacity in order to live and his equal the transnational corporation will often freely enter into contracts to their mutual benefit, and that in itself is one excellent reason why we should elevate the law to the status of a god, and call forth the law’s righteous anger, like a vengeful dove from above, upon all who should challenge its rule.
When I say that the law should have the status of a god, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying we should wear ceremonial robes or anything like that in order to symbolise its sacred authority. Besides being a mental suggestion, we certainly don’t want the likes of Richard Dawkins scoffing at us. OK, so laws are made by men, and, latterly and to a lesser extent, some women, and they may have a fair few wealthy people whispering nicely compelling things in their ears when they do. But that doesn’t mean that the law doesn’t rule. The very fact that it is the law means that it does rule. And you better believe it buster. Hurrah for private property and the law!