Reverse Robin Hoods


Margaret Thatcher, former UK PM.

How Did We Get Here?

Britain and Ireland are very different countries, not least because the former occupied all or part of the latter for centuries. But one thing the London and Dublin governments share is a neo-liberal ideology learnt at the feet of Margaret Thatcher. One of the features of that ideology is a commitment to low taxes and low government spending. In reality, this is a policy which is designed to benefit capital at the expense of labour. Both Irish and British government policy is ‘reverse Robin Hood’ – take from the poor to give to the rich.

put me in mind of this:

law abiding citizen turned into a savage,
Got to feed the children, got to feed the habit
Fell into a rabbit hole, chasing that rabbit
Now I’m in Wonderland feeling like the Son of Sam
I’m at your west coast branch, gun in hand


You know i heard they hood robbin’, your money or your life and there ain’t no stoppin’

4 Responses to “Reverse Robin Hoods”

  1. 1 John mcdermott November 29, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    yes but would you trust any Irish government to use high taxes fairly, and not open another ATM for the public sector and the quangos?
    Thatcher faced down the miners because she played the nuclear power card.We would have to import technicians from abroad when the ESB pull the plug. Would any Taoiseach do that do you think?

  2. 2 CMK December 6, 2010 at 9:27 pm


    Apologies in advance for highjacking this thread. I understand from reading this blog that you have an excellent grasp of Spanish. With that in mind I was wondering what you think of the current air traffic controllers strike in Spain?

    I ask because Mary Wilson on ‘Drivetime’ has sunk to an unbelievable low in her segment this afternoon on the strike and her interview with some British journalist. I’m incandescent with rage, as they say, after listening to it.

    Because it looks to me that a very important Rubicon within the EU has been crossed in basically forcing workers to work at a) gunpoint and b) under the threat of prosecution and jailing for sedition. Mary was completely oblivious to this and focused instead on inconvenience to travellers.

    Do you know what the feeling is in Spain on this? At least The Guardian are alive to the problems this development represents.

    • 3 Hugh Green December 7, 2010 at 7:00 am

      Hi CMK,

      I hope to get the time to write a bit about this one in depth. But at the moment from what I’ve seen it is pretty much as you describe it. It is a disgusting move from the PSOE government, intended to outflank the PP, but aside from the general effect it will have on workers’ rights, it will also embolden the PP to pull even more draconian shit when (it is scarcely a question of if) it gets into power. This is an extremely serious development.

  3. 4 CMK December 7, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Cheers Hugh,

    My worry about this is that it will embolden those elements here who wish to revoke the right to strike from ‘essential’ workers. And we can be sure that if they do try it on, the definition of ‘essential’ will be cast as wide as possible. And if they get that in the bag it’s only a short step to outlawing strikes altogether. Look forward to your post, and fully agree that this is an extremely serious development.

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