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Ivan Yates: Politicians will keep us in dark until polling day

Published 14/02/2011 | 05:00

Community alert: Caution is required by all households. Thousands of door-to-door sales representatives are currently calling. No, not Jehovah's Witnesses promising paradise.

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Local party troops promising false economics -- mostly economical with the truth. An attempt is being made to pull the wool over the eyes of voters. Two weeks of campaigning and politicians are seeking to paper over the cracks of gaping holes in their fiscal plans. Voters should be so sceptical of the soft shoe shuffles and soundbites that conceal our prospective austerity.

Spurious claims include: No cuts to frontline services; no increases in payroll taxes for incomes under €100,000 per annum; no residential property tax on your family home; creation of tens of thousands of jobs from state pension funds; retention of welfare rates. These reassurances are incompatible with commitments entered into with our creditors. The party manifestos have been forensically digested. They're at it again folks -- same as 2007. This time, promising painless recovery that is unreal.

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