In the case of the UK government, it acts also on the continent as a spoiler preventing the EU ever emerging as a rival imperial power but it’s quite a divisive strategy for political control over these islands which makes these islands safe for corporate investors. Now a long long time ago, it managed to deal with the trade union movement. Actually the first, the effective method ... Thatcher tried to do it head on, eventually it was for illegalisation but that didn’t work. It was in Ireland that they worked out the thing, social partnership. You draw trade union leaderships along with business into doing the policing for you. So most unions that are tied to social partnerships are little more than free personnel management services for the employers.

  • Allan Armstrong
Location:
Glasgow
Date:
Tuesday 25th May 2010
Reference:
SWI2010/013