faith traditions (more particularly, the dominant faith traditions). In this Punch
and Judy show of the Ancients and the Moderns, the enemy is alternatively the
godless or the God-fearing Other. The effect of this false dichotomy is to conceal
the very considerable overlap in concerns and values between believers and progressive secularists; notably, the mortal danger posed to both by what might be
termed market totalitarianism.
To contend that thereisnoalternative to the Market is to argue, in effect, that
democracy is meaningless. Democracy, if it is to
to ‘strengthening the mutual security and individual and collective defences of
the free world’. Retrospective treaty changes sought by the US government
were deemed to be incompatible with Ireland’s declared foreign policy and a
Memorandum to the Government advised that should refusal to adhere ‘entail
the discontinuance of all further American aid to this country after the 31st
December, 1951, the Minister for External Affairs considers thereisnoalternative but to accept the loss involved’. Ireland remained a member of the OEEC,
which it had joined in 1948 as
’, in Shamit Saggar (ed.), Race and British
Electoral Politics (London: University College London Press, 1998), pp.
141 Andrew Geddes, ‘Explaining ethnic minority representation: contemporary trends in the shadow of the past’, in Jonathan Tonge, Lynn Bennie,
David Denver and Lisa Harrison (eds), British Elections & Parties Review:
Volume 11 (London: Frank Cass, 2001), pp. 127–32.
142 Marian Fitzgerald, ‘Thereisnoalternative … Black people and the Labour
Party’, Social Studies Review, 4:1 (1988), 20–3.
143 Omar Khan, ‘How representative are MPs