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May 7, 2012

‘The emphasis on austerity is becoming increasingly unpopular, with opponents saying it creates a self-defeating cycle of economic stagnation leading to lower tax receipts. It has been denounced in large rallies in Greece, Spain and the Czech Republic recently, and has proved to be a losing plank in any recent European election where it was tested.’

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EUROPE VOTES AGAINST AUSTERITY

‘The emphasis on austerity is becoming increasingly unpopular, with opponents saying it creates a self-defeating cycle of economic stagnation leading to lower tax receipts. It has been denounced in large rallies in Greece, Spain and the Czech Republic recently, and has proved to be a losing plank in any recent European election where it was tested.’

May 2, 2012

The government clearly understands that the forthcoming referendum on the Austerity Treaty will be a battle between people’s fear and their anger, and they are determined to make fear the centerpiece of the Yes campaign. Within hours of the official launch of the Referendum their fear strategy was in full swing.

The government clearly understands that the forthcoming referendum on the Austerity Treaty will be a battle between people’s fear and their anger, and they are determined to make fear the centerpiece of the Yes campaign. Within hours of the official launch of the Referendum their fear strategy was in full swing.

April 29, 2012

The Yes campaign has launched a dirty tricks campaign to hide the real implications of the Fiscal Treaty

The Yes campaign has launched a dirty tricks campaign to hide the real implications of the Fiscal Treaty.

The treaty would bring twenty years of hardship because of its demand for cutbacks of the order of €4 - €5 billion a year. Ireland has a huge level of debt for the size of its economy but the treaty demands that this be cut by one twentieth each year. On current figures, that is equivalent to stopping all spending on primary and secondary education.

April 12, 2012

Bank bailouts, savage attacks on health, education and welfare budgets, cuts to the public sector, wage cuts and extra taxes have devastated the lives of working class people in Ireland.

These austerity policies have also made the economic crisis much worse.

Every week the government press office releases some new ‘feel-good’ story ranging from ‘we’ve turned a corner’ or ‘we’re back on track’ to Michael Noonan’s bizarre statement that the Irish economy is about ‘to take off like a rocket’. The reality, however, is a very different.

Author: Sinead Kennedy

Bank bailouts, savage attacks on health, education and welfare budgets, cuts to the public sector, wage cuts and extra taxes have devastated the lives of working class people in Ireland.

These austerity policies have also made the economic crisis much worse.

April 4, 2012

‘Political choices get reduced to Pepsi or Coke – to slight nuances of taste, slight nuances of policy, slight alterations of design to account for local traditions, some loosening here and there, but never any major deviation from the core golden rules… ’

This is what Thomas Friedman wrote in the Lexus and the Olive Tree, which was a wry but fulsome defence of neoliberal globalisation. There are supposed to be no real choices left and politics gets reduced to a PR game to choose which puppet will implement the rules of the market.

‘Political choices get reduced to Pepsi or Coke – to slight nuances of taste, slight nuances of policy, slight alterations of design to account for local traditions, some loosening here and there, but never any major deviation from the core golden rules… ’

This is what Thomas Friedman wrote in the Lexus and the Olive Tree, which was a wry but fulsome defence of neoliberal globalisation. There are supposed to be no real choices left and politics gets reduced to a PR game to choose which puppet will implement the rules of the market.

April 4, 2012

SWP meeting on the battle for democracy in Europe. What are socialists saying about the new fiscal treaty?

New pamphlet by Kieran Allen available at the meeting.

0872604143 www.swp.ie
Hosted by the City Centre SWP

SWP meeting on the battle for democracy in Europe. What are socialists saying about the new fiscal treaty?

New pamphlet by Kieran Allen available at the meeting.

0872604143 www.swp.ie
Hosted by the City Centre SWP

Brannigan's Pub, Dublin 1, Ireland

April 4, 2012

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) stresses that it opposes the new treaty which has just been signed by 25 countries at the European Summit. This treaty will impose even greater budgetary austerity in Europe and hamper the recovery in employment. The European trade union deplores the fact that growth and employment are not the focus of detailed commitment in the same way as budgetary rigour.

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) stresses that it opposes the new treaty which has just been signed by 25 countries at the European Summit. This treaty will impose even greater budgetary austerity in Europe and hamper the recovery in employment. The European trade union deplores the fact that growth and employment are not the focus of detailed commitment in the same way as budgetary rigour.