Thursday 14 November 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'Cashless society will harm the economically vulnerable'

Charlie Weston’s article (‘Hands off our cash – move to a cashless society ‘would lead to unacceptable fees’’, Irish Independent, October 29) on the untoward effect that a cashless society would have on consumers is totally correct. (stock photo)
Charlie Weston’s article (‘Hands off our cash – move to a cashless society ‘would lead to unacceptable fees’’, Irish Independent, October 29) on the untoward effect that a cashless society would have on consumers is totally correct. (stock photo)
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Charlie Weston’s article (‘Hands off our cash – move to a cashless society ‘would lead to unacceptable fees’’, Irish Independent, October 29) on the untoward effect that a cashless society would have on consumers is totally correct. However, the article, as good as it is, is directed at a detrimental financial effect on the individual.

What is more relevant and most disturbing is the social material effect. What has become most evident in the incipient use of either credit cards or especially even cash cards, is that their use obfuscates what people can afford. For example, you take cash from an ATM. The cash is used and before you take out more, you might consider how much you have in your account and how much you can afford to spend.

Using a cash card, especially contactless transactions, you have no idea how much you still have in your account.

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Oblivious to what you can afford, you continue to swipe the card until you find yourself with no money and no credit. Not just yourself, but your family, before your next pay cheque.

I don’t believe that this is a capitalist conspiracy, but I firmly believe that this is a consequence of a technocratic mentality that has recognised yet another way to exploit those of us who they consider to be economically vulnerable.

The socio/economic consequences of this mentality could be the subject of a longer discourse, but probably in an article in your newspaper by a more erudite columnist than your present correspondent.

George Dalzell

Stillorgan, Co Dublin

Sinn Féin must finally take seats after vital UK election

Now that a vital British election has been called, it is definitely time for Sinn Féin to discard its abstention policy. Surely at this point in time, Sinn Féin realises the real benefits of democratic participation?

For decades now, Sinn Féin has participated to the full in all local authorities in Ireland, and Dáil Éireann. It even had a go in Stormont.

As retiring Sinn Féin Sligo Councillor Seán MacManus said at his last meeting: “The world didn’t collapse”[because a SF councillor took his place in the chamber].

Sinn Féin cannot hide behind Nancy Pelosi’s skirts forever. It is time to tell the voters of Northern Ireland that if elected in the December 12 election, they will take their seats at Westminster, or stand aside and allow men and women who will stand by Ireland at Westminster. The facts of realpolitik require representation, and a strong voice in Westminster, at this crucial time. Why should one NI political party have all the say in London?

Declan Foley

Berwick, Australia

Winners of the Brexit poll will face a date with destiny

At last Britain is having a December 12 general election to (hopefully) solve the Brexit issue. Whoever wins takes office the next day – Friday the 13th. What could possibly go wrong?

Dominic Shelmerdine

London UK

Turkeys voted for Christmas and will get their just desserts

At last the turkeys have voted for Christmas, and Santa Claus has an opportunity to give those in the British House of Commons what they deserve most – the sack!

Mark Boyle

Johnstone, Renfrewshire, Scotland

Long faces of the Labour MPs show they fear for the future

If a picture paints a thousand words look no farther than the one of Jeremy Corbyn announcing he has sanctioned a general election. While he was doing his best to look statesmanlike he was surrounded by senior acolytes who looked like they had won a one-way trip to a Siberian gulag.

Should we take this as suggesting we put our money on a Tory win? Any bets on a hung parliament, or Sinn Féin taking their seats?

David Ryan

Co Meath

Gangsters’ posters in Cavan should be removed by Army

In order to put the ‘kibosh’ on the gangsters threatening council officials who attempt to remove posters referring to the Quinn situation at the Border, may I suggest that the services of the Irish Army (the real Óglaigh na hÉireann) be utilised to remove the offending posters in the Cavan County Council area.

This would send a clear signal to these gangsters that they won’t intimidate the State or operate with impunity within it.

J Phillips

London, England

Irish Independent

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