Archive for the ‘Labour’ Category

So, the recovery has finally arrived. The economy is growing, unemployment is falling and the long cold winter of austerity has come to an end.

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The increasingly belligerent tone of Fine Gael and Labour towards the Greek people and their government is a timely reminder of the values underpinning the coalition.

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In his thoughtful and timely blog –Left may have squandered opportunity– Ronan Burtenshaw wonders if the Left has failed to capitalise on the anti-establishment surge that is the Right2Water movement.

His argument is based on a cross reading of the massive mobilisations against the Government’s water charges in 2014 and early 2015 and the establishment parties standing in the opinion polls.

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As the general election draws ever closer it is clear that the Labour Party are under pressure.

Desperate to deflect attention away from the negative impact of their decisions on ordinary people they have turned misrepresentation into a new art form.

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The politics and economics of austerity have failed to deliver a fair recovery. However anger or apathy are not the way forward. Opposition to unjust taxes and demands for increased public spending were never enough. We need to promote our workable alternatives to fiscal waterboarding Irish style.

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The Government says that it is in listening mode. Judging by Minister Kelly’s Water Charges announcement on November 19th they certainly seem to have a hearing problem.

Hundreds of thousands of people did not march for a temporary reduction in the water charges. They did not march for a €100 bribe. And they certainly didn’t march for draconian powers to enforce payment.

Our message is very simple. These charges are unjust and unfair and must be scraped.

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Labour are doing so badly in the polls that it is easy to forget that there was a time they actually thought Eamon Gilmore could be Taoiseach.

While some may ridicule the idea in retrospect, back in June 2010 the idea wasn’t that crazy.

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