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(en) Ireland, WSM anarchist journal - Workers Solidarity #100 - That's Capitalism + Kilkenny woman sentenced to death

Date Wed, 19 Dec 2007 08:48:45 +0200



That's Capitalism ---- The rich get rich while the poor get poorer? Yes, that's
capitalism Figures published in September by the Revenue Commissioners in the 26
Counties show that the top 50 earners in the state each paid less than 5% tax.
Britain may be a richer country than 10 years ago but the gap between the rich
and poor has reached levels not seen since more than 40 years ago. Government
figures show that the richest 10% of the population control more than 53% of
wealth, with the 1% mega-rich controlling no less than 21%. Back in the 1970s
the average American chief executive typically took home 40 times the wage of
his average employee, he now pockets 170 times that of his typical minion.

Less than half the pledges made by the government during the 2002 election were
ever fully acted on, just 48%. That’s the finding of Trinity College political
scientists Robert Thompson and Rory Costello.

Mexican telecom tycoon Carlos Slim, who is estimated to be worth an estimated
$67.8 billion has overtaken Bill Gates as the world's richest person. In Mexico
a small elite holds most of the country's wealth while about half the population
lives on less than $5 a day.
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Kilkenny woman sentenced to death

In Ireland we like to think that we’ve long ago abolished the death
penalty; that we’ve progressed beyond such primitive practices, that we’re too
civilized for that. But Irish people are still being sentenced to death, and not
even for crimes they have committed but for the crimes of our murderous health
system.

In Ireland we like to think that we’ve long ago abolished the death penalty;
that we’ve progressed beyond such primitive practices, that we’re too civilized
for that. But Irish people are still being sentenced to death, and not even for
crimes they have committed but for the crimes of our murderous health system.
Long waiting lists, unhygienic hospitals, downgrading of regional hospitals, are
all symptoms of a rotten institution that refuses to reform.

The case of Susie Long has demonstrated this unquestionably. Ms Long died of
treatable bowel cancer, because a late diagnosis due to long waiting lists
prevented the cancer being treated on time. When challenged about Ms Long’s
death our dear leader had the gall to declare that the system had failed Ms Long
and sympathised with her family. This is the same Taoiseach who has presided
over ten years of havoc in the health system. The same Taoiseach who appointed
Mary Harney as Minister for Health. The same Taoiseach who has said nothing
about the Health Service recruitment freeze which has resulted in staff layoffs
around the country.

Susie Long was killed by a government that would rather pump money into the
private sector than grant nurses a pay rise; that would buy beds for VHI while
patients sleep on trolleys, that fires medical staff while we have the longest
waiting lists in Europe. The root of this madness is the two tiered system that
guarantees better healthcare for those who can afford to pay for it and leaves
the rest with substandard service. Quality healthcare should be a universal
right, it’s time that we stood up and demanded it.
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