Tuesday 25 July 2017

The time is coming for our own Berlin Wall to fall

A new 'Coleman Strategy' could pave the way for a Labour Taoiseach in 2013, writes Marc Coleman

IN old East Germany, elections were a foregone conclusion. Opposition parties did exist but they were puppet parties. So tame that they never opposed anything the communist dictatorship did and they even opposed real democracy when it came in 1989. But then as kidnappers know, victims tend to rationalise their captivity by sympathising with their abductors.

As it was in East Germany, so it is in Ireland: The vested interests -- many of them led by former admirers of the East German regime -- have captured the three main parties completely. So even though 60 to 80 per cent of the people oppose the Croke Park deal, Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Labour support it. No wonder a quarter of voters don't know who to vote for. Fine Gael and Labour don't want the Wall to fall. They simply want the faces on the podium to change.

But our 1989 moment is coming soon. Taxpayers -- both front-line public workers and private workers -- are fed up with excruciating tax rises that fund State salaries far higher than their own. The salaries of a politburo of useless insider apparatchiks who cling to power by manipulating what looks like a democracy but is in fact a one-party system.

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