Thursday 27 April 2017

Seamus Coffey: Referendum campaigners have failed to connect with voters ... and the scaremongering hasn’t helped

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin at the launch of the Fianna Fail campaign for a YES vote in the EU fiscal treaty referendum. Photo: Tom Burke
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin at the launch of the Fianna Fail campaign for a YES vote in the EU fiscal treaty referendum. Photo: Tom Burke

THE campaign for the referendum on The Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance has been ongoing for nearly two weeks now but neither side has managed to make a telling connection to the electorate.

The ‘Yes’ campaign has focused on the politics of the Treaty by casting doubts over whether Ireland will have access to extra funding after 2013 and their statements are full of vague references to stability, jobs and investment.

The ‘No’ campaign has focused on the economics of the Treaty by suggesting that the budgetary rules in the Treaty will lead to extra austerity after 2015 and their statements are full of references to savage cuts, increased taxes and debt repayments.

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