Slams 'Celtic Jungle' Shock!

Hats off to the September front page of 'Newsline'. The design and message remind us far more of the socialist press than what we are accustomed to expect from our Union journal. Up to a point. There's a snarling green tiger between upper and lower headlines of 'Celtic Tiger' and 'Jungle Law'.

The text on the left hand side of the tiger could be straight from the socialist press: "while economists and politicians may tell us we never had it so good - thanks to the Celtic Tiger economy, the truth is that the fruits of progress in Ireland are not being shared equally by everyone in society", and more in that vein.

It's all so true, but the question is how come after a decade of social partnership, in the latter part of which (according to the official line) the sacrifice has come good, and the shared policies are working; how come "those living in poverty...are still waiting for the crumbs to trickle down"; how come "workers in Fruit of the Loom and Hartmanns also know that the Celtic Tiger is an increasingly fickle creature"? The quotes are 'Newsline's'. Not ours.

The text on the right (appropriately enough) of the page, however, brings you back to familiar country, with a reliance on the Budget to redress what's condemned in the left-hand column, and not a whiff of a fight back (hence the need for 'SIPTU Fightback').

Throughout the same issue, and much of the previous one, the same graphic liveliness is in evidence, though the blandness of the message dulls the effect. There's a passable Viagra joke on page two, though. Yes 'Newsline' could do with less stiffness. Great scoop on page three too. No, not Patrick Campbell's real basic wage (£3.46 an hour for a starting casual worker, according to the 'Mayday' grouping), but the news that the Rose of Tralee is a cousin of a SIPTU official! Extra!, extra!

To the SIPTU Fightback page