The UK state has been making people work for their dole since the 1990s ‘New Deal’. Multiple campaigns, blogs and groups have worked to develop an interesting arsenal of concepts and actions to understand this cruel imposition of austerity.
As the mess that is the state’s employment strategy becomes clear James Redmond talks to the unions about the rot at the centre of the scheme. The real lambs to the slaughter here are recent graduates. So where does the Union Of Students stand? They have a huge problem understanding themselves as workers, and with their membership of IBEC, we really weren’t expecting much from them. If you ever paid … Read More
It’s no secret that the invertebrate specimens who like to call themselves the government are becoming more and more brazen in their despicable rush to become corporate whores. Peg Leeson looks at their latest venture, a new plan to turn the unemployed into glorified slaves.
Redmonk considers the anti-social way the council treats graffiti. Graffiti art is often lumped in with many aspects of youth culture as ‘anti-social’. As mindless vandalism bereft of any artistic qualities, perpetrated by cowardly hoodlums under the cover of darkness, a faceless counter to decency and the notion of property. It is dealt with by gray paint, powerwashers and policy that I would describe as more ‘anti-social’ than the menace … Read More
Freda hughes has been archiving our city’s street art for donkies now. We asked her to select the five choicest cuts from the summers just gone. Street art and graffiti reveal a subculture beyond the organised structures of our society. The interplay between the artist and the city fascinates me, as does the artists’ acceptance of the transience and public ownership of their art. These pictures are just a small … Read More
John fisher was one of the original dublin punks. He dusted off some memories for us and has some stall tales from the dandelion market.
For a man so generally despised, the Teflon Don has some serious charm as Niall McCabe found out in this quickie chat. rabble: So Taoisigh. How are you finding civilian life? Have you been up to anything recently? Janey Macaroni! I do be sleepin in now I’m not da chief. Had me 60th last night in Croker, quite the Hooley! Charlie was der, Miriam and her fella Terry came along, … Read More
As the largest orchestrated shift of power and wealth in history occurs right beneath our noses, we look at our own country’s pitiful offerings to the global gangbang
We’re going to offer an alternative look at Ireland after the boom and help contribute to the popular imagination of what is possible. There is a new generation surviving on the dole, engaged in a mundane struggle to maintain, as power force feeds us austerity. Too many naively celebrate the creative side of the recession and utter non-committal grumbles about how we got here.