Friday 15 December 2017

Now is time to fight back

Madam – Jody Corcoran's suggestion (Sunday Independent July 14, 2013) that the six banished TDs should form an alliance with other TDs and senators can't be taken seriously.

The current alliance of Labour and Fine Gael is a total disaster. The backbone of our Government, Health, Education, Justice, Social Welfare and Finance Departments are in disarray for no other reason than we panicked and elected candidates in the last general and even local elections who had CVs that wouldn't get you a job picking mushrooms. Every party should declare its intended ministerial cabinet before we elect them and our failure to demand this in the last election is why we have nobody to stand up to the austerity enforcers today.

Instead of stimulating what is left of our economy by announcing a rewarding Budget in December, we will be facing another €3bn-worth of taxes and pay cuts in October. Last week's business in the Dail was taken up debating the abolition of the senate at a time when county managers of local authorities are retiring with €1.3m golden handshakes along with pensions of €75,899 per annum. Such obscene payments continue to be made while we are forced to pay additional water charges, more cuts in social welfare, and increased property tax. How long before the streets of every town and city become like what we witnessed in Egypt last week – or is that what the ECB wants?

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