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THE LISBON TREATY AND THE ECONOMIC WAR
Voteno.ie held a pre-campaign
briefing meeting for its activists this weekend. One of the main themes was the
economics of the Lisbon Treaty.
The main tactic of the Yes side will be to
try to use a 'shock doctrine' effect to scare people into voting for their
Treaty. They will claim that if Ireland votes No, it will create Iceland style
conditions which will deepen the recession.
This argument is clearly absurd because this
is not a referendum on EU membership or EU influence but rather on a specific
Treaty. Whether we vote Yes or No our status inside the EU is not affected.
Claiming otherwise is simply a device to prevent genuine democratic debate
on the content of the treaty.
The reality is that the Lisbon Treaty and
before that the failed EU Constitution- was written in an era of neoliberal
economics. This form of economics has contributed to the depth of the crisis
For example, the Lisbon Treaty maintains a
ban on restricting the movement of capital - including between the EU and third
countries. This so called freedom - which is really the freedom of the global
money merchants - has contributed to the growth of hedge funds. These gambling
pools of the wealthy have reeked havoc on economies.
The Lisbon Treaty also continues the
restrictions on state aid which might 'distort' the market. This provision has
been used to argue against a demand by workers from Waterford Glass for state
support to keep their jobs. A similar argument was used against SR Technics
However, when the elite want state aid to
prop up the financial system, ways are found to get around these
Each and every measure that the Irish
government has taken in pumping billions into failed banks has, received
permission from the EU Commission.
The effect of the Lisbon Treaty, therefore,
will be to continue an unjust arrangement whereby democratic pressures for state
intervention can be thwarted - while undemocratic intrigue between the financial
and political elites can be facilitated.'
In a new era marked by recession and
economic crisis, we need a new Treaty that puts people before profit.