Saturday 24 February 2018

The left is united ahead of election despite scare tactics from established parties - Paul Murphy

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD, Paul Murphy. Photo: Damien Eagers
Anti-Austerity Alliance TD, Paul Murphy. Photo: Damien Eagers

John Brennan

Paul Murphy has said that the left is united ahead of going to the polls this Friday and that the scaremongering tactics used by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour on the electorate have backfired.

At an Anti Austerity Alliance/ People Before Profit press conference held in the Mont Clare hotel in Dublin city centre he predicted the rise of what he described as the "real left" and predicted a Labour Party wipe out.

Dismissing suggestions that the left bloc would be unstable he said, "In terms of the left, we think that the anti austerity alliance people before profit represents a big step forward.

"We will be part of two organisations that exist within a bloc, and I think we both see that not as a finished product but as a step towards building a broad left wing party in this country," he added.

Mr Murphy called on the electorate to stand up and resist what he called 'project fear' and vote for the policies that they want and for the kind of society they want to see.

He also added that a potential Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael coalition would not be stable and that there would be "significant tensions between the two parties vying to be the main establishment party in this country."

In particular, pointing to policy differences between the two like the stance on water charges as likely causes of tension should they seek to form coalition.

"Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael should be one political party, they represent the same failed politics of the establishment - there is no reason for them to be two different political parties," he concluded.

Meanwhile, Ruth Coppinger was critical of fellow Right To Change members, Sinn Fein.

She said she felt there were "indications that Sinn Fein are moving away from a radical alternative", citing their acceptance of the fiscal space concept.

She also said that they would call on Sinn Fein to exclude Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour from any potential coalition arrangement after the election.

"People feel the Labour Party betrayal so much, and I think that they will pay the price and I'm confident that we can in that battle win out," she added.

Richard Boyd Barrett said that all the pre election predictions made by experts have fallen wide of the mark, and that support for the coalition had continued to drop and the support for the left parties had only strengthened.

"The establishment have no credibility, no conviction and they have no consistency in policy... The more the establishment open their mouth, the more support they lose," he said.

AAA-PBP are running a total of 31 candidates across the country and said that they hope to secure a minimum of seven seats.

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