Monday 27 January 2020

GUBU rising

• GUBU, it seems, has re-entered our politics.

As we struggle to overcome the worst economic crisis since the foundation of our State, Europe is loaning us the money we can't afford to borrow on the open market.

In return, Europe wants us to live by a rulebook called the stability treaty.

As we try to keep teachers in our schools, nurses in our hospitals, gardai on the beat, provide support for pensioners, the unemployed, the sick, and families with children, Sinn Fein and others are suggesting that we tell Europe to get lost by voting No to the treaty.

This would not only lose us our friends but it would shut us out from the European Stability Mechanism (ESM).

This is the new fund for countries in trouble, due to come into effect in July next year.

They go on to suggest that to solve that problem, we could insist our benefactors give us their money anyway, or else we will veto the ESM for everyone (including ourselves).

Is this not grotesque, unbelievable, bizarre and unprecedented?

Proinsias De Rossa
Old Finglas Road, Dublin 11

Irish Independent

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