Lions And Oxen

The Irish Times – Letters

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,

STEPHEN McGEOWN,

Dun Laoghaire,

Co Dublin.

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!

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5 Responses to “Lions And Oxen”


  1. 1 coc August 7, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    like a vengeful dove from above

    LOL. Very Shooting stars. Insane.

  2. 2 Hugh Green August 8, 2009 at 11:59 am

    The mind plays tricks. When I wrote that I thought it was from Vic Reeves’ Big Night Out.

  3. 3 EWI August 9, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    LinkedIn (always a good resource for seeing the background of angry young capitalists writing letters to the IT) Edited by HG, see comments below

    • 4 E Bowen August 21, 2009 at 2:04 pm

      EWI – how very “brave” you are to publish information that you have no way of verifying about someone you do not even know and yet are cowardly enough to hide your own identity!!

      Forget the link to your own LinkedIn profile did you?

      • 5 Hugh Green August 21, 2009 at 2:36 pm

        Yes, I’m not entirely comfortable with drawing attention to this particular individual in absence of confirmation that he is the author of the letter. I have edited EWI’s comment.


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