Thursday, May 10, 2012

No vote is best option – Mythen

Speaking ahead of a public meeting on the fiscal compact treaty in the Ballagh Community Centre this Thursday (17th), Cllr Johnny Mythen has described a no vote in the upcoming referendum as the best option, saying that a yes vote would plunge the state into permanent austerity denying us an opportunity to join the growing pro stimulus movement across Europe.

“It’s now quite clear that a no vote in the fiscal compact referendum is the best option for Ireland,” Cllr Mythen said, “What we saw in the recent elections in France, Greece, Britain and Germany was the wholesale rejection of austerity by European electorates and the first visible indication that there is a growing pro stimulus, anti austerity movement rising across the EU. The referendum on the 31st of May offers Ireland the opportunity to join this movement’s call for jobs and investment ahead of cuts and unfair taxes. A yes vote plunges the nation into permanent austerity.”

“Once again we have seen the Irish Austerity Troika, Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and Labour, and the vested interests who run those parties pushing hard for a yes vote. Yes to stability, growth and jobs they say. When have we heard that before? Are we not still waiting for the jobs that were promised in the Lisbon Treaty? This treaty is not about jobs, it’s about fiscal governance. If anything the ratification of this treaty will lead to further jobs losses and cuts in earnings to those still lucky enough to be working full time.”

“Sinn Féin is calling on the Irish people to play it safe and reject this treaty. We will still get funding. Anyone who says that we won’t is either mistaken or deliberately misleading voters. There is no indication that we will be denied future funding if we vote no. Ask yourself this, why would we need a second bail out if the first one was so successful? If the first bail out is working then why are 440,000 people still unemployed? Why are 50,000 people emigrating every year? Why are over 700,000 people living below the poverty line? If this is success then it begs the question; just how much more success can we survive as a people?”

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