British Prime Minister Liz Truss needs to forget her economics for continued growth and competitiveness

The British Prime Minister appears to be in serious trouble. She has turned around twice on major policy issues, losing her first election as chancellor within weeks of taking office: not a very promising start for one of the most important political positions in existence.

The biggest and most alarming aspect of such a disastrous start, however, is that neither they nor their myriad pundits and advisers seem to understand how absurd, how pointless, and how impossible their key political element is.

A technologically transformed world will no longer tolerate or respond to outdated economic philosophies of “growth” and “competitiveness” that fuel nothing but failure, inequality and conflict.

The pretense of growth is sustained only by massive borrowing; a burden that will surely trickle down to the general population. Continuous growth and competitiveness have been necessary since the beginning of history, simply because producing sufficient quantities and improving quality was unpredictable and often failed. The industrial revolution significantly improved economic efficiency.

Although world population increased eightfold over the next two centuries, world production came ever closer to providing enough for everyone. In the second quarter of the 20th century, with the advent of digital technology, living conditions, production output and trade hit the jackpot. Suddenly, economic capacity shifted from the ability to never overproduce to the ability to always grossly overproduce if left unchecked.

So, Ms. Truss, forget the economics of unbridled growth and competitiveness. They are from a bygone era – modern economics with great skill and abundance demands something better. If we want a peaceful world, abundance must be managed in such a way that everyone is fed.

Padraïc Neary

Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo

Our respected neutrality is slowly being undermined

The Irish State was established as a neutral, peace-loving country, an identity that has ever since been cherished by its people, its defense forces and personnel participating in peacekeeping duties at the United Nations.

For many decades, this identity was also actively embodied by Irish representatives, who were admired and respected worldwide for their diplomatic impartiality.

In the 21st century, with the EU’s preference for mutual defense alliances, particularly Nato, as reflected through compromises such as the Nice and Lisbon Treaties, the principles of foreign policy engagement that Ireland once enjoyed worldwide respect for its independent response to conflict secured are constantly being eroded.

For this reason the Irish Neutrality League was formed. This group was launched on October 15, 2022 at the Teacher’s Club Dublin.

Caroline Hurley

Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary

RTÉ is sidelined with its domestic sports coverage

That Six one News on RTÉ TV on Sunday 16 October was followed as usual by the RTÉ sports bulletin. The main topic was a report and footage from the English FA Premier League. This was followed by a report on the two FAI Cup semi-finals. Last but not least was a report on the day’s county hurling and football finals.

Are we as a people, and RTÉ in particular, so full of self-loathing that the sports department of Ireland’s national broadcaster sees English football as more important to Irish viewers than our own home football matches and club hurling and football finals? This inferiority complex should have left the gene pool long ago.

As a national broadcaster and publicly funded institution, RTÉ has ​​a duty to convey a typically Irish worldview. Coverage of the Irish Sports Fair on national TV and radio would be a good place to start.

Tom Cooper

Templelog, Dublin 6

Creeslough priests embody the good in the church

As I and many others in the Catholic community railed against the excesses and scandals that have shook the foundations of the Catholic Church, I would like to take this opportunity to single out a number of clergymen for extraordinary praise. It is Fathers John Joe Duffy and Paddy Dunne who, along with others, officiated at the funerals of the victims of the Creeslough tragedy.

These two priests are the epitome of what is and can be good in the Church and how the Church is once again playing a central role in our communities.

They are honorable and humble men who unselfishly put their communities first. They have shown, in a time of incredible sorrow, that the Church can and will be the center for the communities in which they officiate.

Christy Galligan

Letterkenny, Co Donegal

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