The whistle blower controversy concerning the Gardai is a non-issue concerning the class interests of the working class.
The gardai, as a security force, forms an essential arm of the Irish
capitalist state. Consequently its function is to serve the class
interests of the capitalist class --not the working class. Therefore
calls for the improvement of this security force by "leftists" suggests
that the Gardai in some way represents the class interests of the
working class or is an apparatus of a state that stands independent of
the capitalist class.
The Gardai can never serve the interests of the working class despite
the degree to which it is reformed. Any reforms undertaken are, at most,
made to deceive workers into believing that the Irish state exists to
serve the interests of the wage worker.
The more a police force appears to serve the class interests of the
working class the more successful it may be in fooling the working
All this stuff about misconduct within the Gardai has no real relevance
for workers. At most its so called misconduct merely exposes the
bourgeois nature of the force. Parliamentarians like Clare Daly, Mike
Wallace and Ming Flanagan by tub thumping in relation to the Gardai are
merely engaging in populism designed to fool the working class. Sinn
Fein, not to be outdone, has been engaged in a similar exercise.
Calling for the resignation of Allen Shatter, as Justice Minister, is of
no significance. It does not matter politically whether he resigns or
not.He will be simply replaced by another politician from the parties in
coalition government. By calling for his resignation the appearance is
created that his replacement by another politician from a bourgeois
party will make a difference.
The calling for the jailing of white collar crime is another issue that
is not the business of the working class. Prisons are oppressive
The only correct call, from the standpoint of the wage worker, is the call for the abolition of the Gardai.