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Eoghan Harris: Politicians love privacy, but not the private sector

Published 30/12/2012 | 05:00

The Spirit of 2012 departs with a blunted scythe. The Spirit of 2013 arrives with a brighter blade and a gung-ho greeting: how's she cutting? But who suffers most from the cuts? That comes down to what the philosopher Bernard Williams calls "moral luck".

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Most of those who lack moral luck work in the private sector. On average they earn 50 per cent less than their public sector counterparts. Few have pensions and none have security of employment.

As a group they fit Marx's picture of a proletariat. So the Labour Party should look after them. But New Labour only looks after a privileged minority of public employees – including the political class.

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