- Apr 24, 2011
From his Twitter. His book Sins of the Father is a must read, also. However, this really encapsulates the 26-County State comprador class:
https://twitter.com/Mc_Cabe_Conor?ref_src=twsrc^google|twcamp^serp|twgr^authorOf all the things I find hardest to explain about Ireland and the Irish, the Apple case is up there in a league of its own. How do you make sense of a bailed out state not only refusing to collect 13 billion in taxes but going to court to block itself from collecting it? I was asked this question recently and it's one that even my fellow Irish citizens struggle t'answer though it forms the core of my work.
When we look at the Irish state we are not looking at a normal state. I don't mean in the sense of one gone Trump-esque crazy but one where the twisted dynamics of inequality and servitude have saturated the very bricks of the key institutions of state and finance. When we look at the moneyed class in Ireland we are not looking at a class that functions the same way as those in Britain, USA, EU.
What we have here is a class that has carved out a niche role for itself in transnational capital, and it's not a very elegant one. It's akin to a middleman role, intermediaries who have been quite successful in shaping the state's tax and investment strategies to fit their own business strategies in accountancy, law and insurance. This class has carved the Irish state in its image, not ours and so when they bring a court case against the EU to stop the EU from forcing the state to collect taxes from a multinational they are bringing that case to protect their niche role in transnational capital and for nothing else. It is that grubby. No poetry to it.
Yet because that niche role is not that quite understood, nor is it seen just how deeply embedded it is in the key institutions such as the Taoiseach's office, the dept. of finance, the revenue commissioners and the central bank that it is not uncommon for people to surmise that the Irish state MUST be acting the way it is in the Apple tax case because of some outside coercive force but it is not.
This is the enemy within. The comprador class who have used the state as a staging post for transnational capital for decades and they will protect the power they have to set policy even if it means keeping children on waiting lists for rib-protruding operations.
It's not even state capture because this middleman class seized this state in 1922 and have used it for its own interests ever since. The Apple tax case is just another example of the rot within that stood over massive emigration and crippling poverty with industrial schools a form of class control and a 28 Days Later rage against any kind of funded social services.
They are challenging the Apple tax ruling not to benefit Apple but to benefit themselves, the tax lawyers, revolving-door gov officials and accountants that that lie at the heart of Ireland's indigenous, parasitic, comprador class. They make me shake with anger and one day I hope you will too.