Tuesday 6 December 2016

Marc Coleman: Revenge is sweet when there's nothing to lose

The Government must change tack and give homeowners a break or it risks losing any referendum, writes Marc Coleman

Published 25/12/2011 | 05:00

NO CRIB FOR A BED: The Christmas story tells us of a family's need for a roof over their heads - something
the Government would forget at their peril. Above, children from St Josephs Nursery, Dublin, all dressed as
angels to sing Christmas carols at the Live Animal Crib at the Mansion House in Dublin. Photo: Neil Carson
NO CRIB FOR A BED: The Christmas story tells us of a family's need for a roof over their heads - something the Government would forget at their peril. Above, children from St Josephs Nursery, Dublin, all dressed as angels to sing Christmas carols at the Live Animal Crib at the Mansion House in Dublin. Photo: Neil Carson

AS a wise man once said, the most dangerous person in the room is always the one with nothing to lose.

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Now I have used arguments about economics, common sense and humanity to make the case for debt forgiveness -- all with no success. Crippled by debt and negative equity, pinned to the wall by rising taxes and with insecure employment, many people are in a position of desperation where the only option is to fight.

They see Jack O'Connor securing the Croke Park deal by threatening to pull down the economy with strikes. If he can do it, should we do the same using the threat of a 'No' vote in a possible referendum on the EU? I don't believe so and if a referendum is held I will be urging anyone listening to vote 'Yes'. But it's going to be a hard sell.

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