Once upon a time, Britain elected Margaret Thatcher. She stated "there is no such thing as society". She generated the deepest divisions Britain had seen in decades, perhaps centuries. She removed controls on the activities of banks and the rest of the financial services industry. Under her guidance the British elite became ever wealthier than the rest.
In this state the right-wing business people, their journalists and their political puppets loved her. Mary Harney placed us "closer to Boston than Berlin", with the USA having adopted its own version of Thatcherite free-market fundamentalism. We, along the Americans, have generated the deepest divisions our societies have seen in decades. We also removed controls on the activities of the banks and the rest of the financial services industry. Under Bertie and Biffo's guidance the Irish elite became ever wealthier than the rest, as did the elite in the US under Clinton and Bush. That's the normal outcome of pandering to right-wing economists and politicians.
As a result of all the free-market fundamentalism, the economies of Ireland, the UK and the US are in tatters. And what is the Thatcherite response in Ireland and the UK? Slash away at the ordinary child, woman and man in the street, and protect the rich from the efffects of their own follies.
Thatcherite free-market doctrine has led us all over the cliff, and still the free-market fundamentalists insist we take more of their medicine, that they are the ones with the answers.
We appear to have ditched our human critical faculties for those of lemmings.
The programme of cuts in the UK has led to drooling expectations that we're going to follow our betters in the UK once again. Our own right-wing goons in the business sector, in their media organisations and elsewhere are just chomping at the bit over the prospects of unions, ordinary workers, the sick and the unemployed being crushed mercilessly.
This is the kind of thing they're dreaming of:
Spending review 2010: cuts hurt families with children most - Telegraph
Nice people, eh?