Monday 17 June 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'Greens need to pulp their posters and pamphlets'

'Mr Wallace conducted a successful campaign without the use of election posters other candidates chose to use.' Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
'Mr Wallace conducted a successful campaign without the use of election posters other candidates chose to use.' Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Greens need to pulp their posters and pamphlets

It looks like the true Green winner in the European elections was not Dublin's Ciarán Cuffe but Ireland South's Mick Wallace.

Mr Wallace conducted a successful campaign without the use of election posters other candidates chose to use, including the Greens. Mr Cuffe and all those other candidates also chose to send leaflets in the post, clogging people's green bins up and down the country. (Not mine, however as I popped them all back in the post with an instruction to return to sender!)

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Surely in this day and age there has to be a better way. Perhaps the Greens should consult the man in the pink T-shirt or is the Green Party message all sheen but no substance? Pink is the new Green!

Killian Brennan

Clare Village, Malahide Road, D17

'Wave' of environmental concern only a puddle

AFTER all the talk last Saturday and Sunday of a "Green wave" in the local and European elections, it seems when the votes were counted we got something closer to an advancing puddle of urban, middle-class high regard.

Regardless of the actual votes cast and the physical measure and force of the puddle, one aspect of modern politics was laid bare once again over last weekend.

The modern politician will do anything to be liked, if only for 24 hours. We witnessed the wholesale green-isation of the Fine Gael party in 48 hours on the basis of a misleading exit poll. The civil service will work from home and the commentators are now delighted middle Ireland is now delighted with more taxes.

By Monday, we knew that 95pc of Ireland actually thinks nothing of the sort.

Eric Keane

New Quay, Burren, Co Clare

Voting is easy but paying carbon taxes will be costly

FIRSTLY, congratulations to the Green Party on its success both in local and European elections. Whilst the party did not get my first preference, it did feature high on my list.

I was happy the policies outlined achieved such a good response but can I remind those who voted for the Greens the vote was the easy bit - it's going to cost all of us to implement the policies, with increasing carbon taxes and other environmental changes/charges.

I know this and am ready to accept the pain and expense involved but will most of the Green vote accept it? I have big fears they won't and the Government in power will take all the flak. I felt the last Budget was disappointing from the carbon tax point of view. We had been "softened up" to expect an increase and then we did not get it.

If you voted Green, then be prepared to stand over your decision in the coming years. No whingeing or back-biting. It's in the national interest.

Donough O'Reilly

Kilmacud, Co Dublin

If Farage is so sure, why is he against another referendum?

STAUNCH Brexiteer Nigel Farage's new Brexit Party did very well in the recent European election. He would see this as an affirmation of his position on leaving the EU.

If he is prepared to set up a new party as a protest, why can't he go a step further and agree to a second referendum?

The reason is because he won't acknowledge the equally impressive gains of the Liberal Democrats, who are staunch remainers. Is it because with Mr Farage it's all about him and his ego with no regard for the angst and division in his country?

Eamonn Kitt

Tuam, Co Galway

The West values Muslims and is not 'Islamophobic'

AS A Muslim, I find the term 'Islamophobia' both misleading and disingenuous, to say the least.

Muslims enjoy freedoms, liberties and opportunities in the UK and the Western world unparalleled anywhere, including the Arab and Muslim world. That's why the West continues to be a magnet for students, scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs and tourists alike.

I abhor the discrimination, exclusion, social marginalisation, ostracism and all forms of racism displayed against every human being in relation to gender, political and personal opinions, social caste, age and religion.

The taste of discrimination and exclusion is bitter and sour.

We are all 100pc political and 100pc international. How can a society like the United Kingdom - which values the achievements of countless Muslim academics, health professionals, MPs and celebrates Nadiya Hussain as the queen's baker, Mohamed Salah as our greatest football player and Mo Farah as our greatest Olympic champion - be described as Islamophobic?

Dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob

London, UK

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