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(en) Ireland, WSM* Workers Solidarity #91 - THAT'S CAPITALISM

Date Tue, 11 Apr 2006 11:34:30 +0300

Our Money?
Back in 1999 Farmleigh House was offered for sale,
for £13 million. So the government, in the person of
Martin Cullen, gave them £25 million. He then spent
another £20 million doing up the house so that it
could be used for state receptions and to serve as a
luxurious hotel for visiting heads of state. In the six
years since not one state reception has been held,
and only two visiting big wigs have slept there. This
must make it the most expensive B+B anywhere.

Their money?

US Vice President Dick Cheney's old firm,
Halliburton, is doing very well out of the war in
Iraq. It's KBR subsidiary pays $5 to $16 a day in
wages, but bills US taxpayers between $50 and $80
a day for each worker. For example, an invoice from
KBR subcontractor, Ranj Company, shows laundry
workers are paid $7 a day, but the military is billed
between $60 and $70 a day for this work, a roughly
ten-fold markup.

Loadsa Money

US gas equipment group Harris Calorific reported
a 47% rise in pre-tax profits at its Irish unit in
Rathnew, Co. Wicklow in the weeks before it
decided to close the plant and make more than 70
workers redundant.
This rise in profits followed a 25%c increase in the
previous period. The company is moving the entire
operation to Poland because wage costs there are
much lower than in Ireland.

Taxpayers Money?

On 7 December, Maya Evans, a 25 year old chef,
was convicted of breaching Britain's new Serious
Organised Crime and Police Act by reading aloud
at London's Cenotaph the names of 97 British
soldiers killed in Iraq. So serious was her crime that
it required 14 policemen in two vans to arrest her.
She was fined and given a criminal record for the
rest of her life.


Eighty-year-old John Catt served with the RAF in the
Second World War. Last September, he was stopped
by police in Brighton for wearing an "offensive" t-
shirt, which suggested that Bush and Blair be tried
for war crimes. He was arrested under the Terrorism
Act and handcuffed, with his arms held behind his
back. The official record of the arrest says the
"purpose" of searching him was "terrorism" and the
"grounds for intervention" were "carrying placard
and T-shirt with anti-Blair info".

From Workers Solidarity 91, March/April 2006
PDF file online at http://www.struggle.ws/pdfs/ws/
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