Sorry I haven’t posted in a couple of days. I’ve been out filming.
But I just wanted to say this.
The first time I heard the phrase UK plc I hated it. Now I know why.
When companies and banks go bankrupt there is a pecking order of who gets what. The labour force gets laid off with nothing. The share holders get nothing either. The bond holders are the top of the heap. They are the ones who lent money and who must be protected from loss above all others.
This is the established logic of the market place. I may not like it but its their business, their playing field their rules. What I loathe is the fact that phrases like UK Plc start to smuggle the logic of the market into how we discuss and even how we understand, what a nation is.
Simply by saying or accepting the idea of UK plc we allow the nation to be changed. And it is a dangerous change.
Companies have bond holders and share holders. The UK has, as we all know, bond holders. As does every nation. But does that mean that those bond holders should be accorded the same relation to a nation as they have to a company. Just because they lend to both does not in itself mean the two entities are therefore the same.
Why are we allowing bond holders to tell us, that when it comes to a nation, they are still top of the heap? Just because they are bond holders of our nation does that somehow redefine us as – as what? Are we now just share holders? Is that what was hidden in that other nu labour/free market phrase – The Stakeholder Society?
I am not and never was a’stakeholder’ in my country. No one has the right to redefine me as such. I was born a citizen and that is what I am.
For stakeholder, I hear shareholder. Just tweaked a little to make it sound like something new and modern and Nu. Bollocks! To be a stakeholder is to allow yourself to be robbed of your citizenship and be reduced to a share holder. And once we allow that then when times get tough we will suddenly find, as the Irish ARE FINDING, that we are expected to stand aside and accept that in a crash, we are last in line.
Suddenly the logic we are told must be applied is that which has been smuggled in from the market. The Bond holders are sacrosanct. They must get their money back. The ‘stakeholder’ are just shareholders by another name. We get nothing.
We are being, and the Irish already HAVE BEEN dispossessed of what was once theirs by birthright.
What are we in the logic of the market in the new redefined nation as plc but the disposable workforce and the lowly shareholders.
The nation that was your place of birth, the homeland of your culture has been redefined as just a place of work, of ‘inward investment’ of economies and cut backs and economic realities. You aren’t a citizen. You have no claim on this place you were born. You just work here. You can be fired and if you are you have no value any more. Not in the logic of the national plc.
And just because you bought into the ‘shareholder’ idea doesn’t give you any claim either. You’re just a share holder. And when the plc needs to raise cash or clear out some debts, your ‘stake’ can be written off and discarded as easily as any other bit of worthless paper.
This is what UK plc, or Ireland plc has bought us.
We have been dispossessed and stripped.
We MUST NOT let this stand. Where I live, where I was born is NOT a plc, NOT a company, NOT just a patch of land for companies to set up shop and hire me and fire me as ready labour. My connection and ownership of this place, this society, this nation was never for sale. I did not sell it.
This land bore me as it did my family for generations. There is such a thing as society. It lives in me. I will defend it against anyone who tries to take it from me.
I reject totally and utterly the idea of UK plc. I repudiate the logic of stakeholder societies. The were and are an abomination created for the sole purpose of trying to rob me of what is and always will be inalienably mine and my children’s.
I will spill blood before I allow it to be taken from me.