Tomás Ó Flatharta

Looking at Things from the Left

Kill the Finance Bill – Burn the Bondholders!

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See discussion here :

http://cedarlounge.wordpress.com/2011/01/23/so-what-happens-next/

Line of Action :
Kill the Finance Bill
Dissolve the Dáil and announce a new General Election date before March 11

The Green Party/Fianna Fáil policy – apparently supported by Fine Gael – of passing the Finance bill this week should be rejected out of hand.

Call the bluff of the right-wing – do not tolerate hypocrites pretending to oppose the government, but in fact hoping the austerity package is passed – and after a General Election Fine Gael and their Labour coalition colleagues will say they are in “a straitjacket”, their “hands are tied”, and so on.

Kill the Finance Bill – Burn the Bondholders!

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Joe Higgins MEP :

“The Finance Bill enshrines the most far reaching attack ever on the livelihoods and living standards of ordinary people to satisfy the profit lust of the financial markets. It is a grotesque betrayal for the Labour Party in particular to cooperate in any way in its passage.”

More Here :

http://www.peoplebeforeprofit.ie/taxonomy/term/77

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  1. Sinn Féin Position on Irish Left Review, plus justifiable comment on the party’s different line in the 6 Counties :
    http://www.irishleftreview.org/2011/01/23/sinn-fin-statement-finance-bill-forthcoming-election/#comments

    tomasoflatharta

    January 23, 2011 at 8:04 pm

  2. ‘The Irish Examiner’ website (23rd January) reports:

    ‘The Labour Party has said it would facilitate the fast-tracking of the Finance Bill to facilitate an earlier election.

    Party Leader Eamon Gilmore has said that if the Government commits to progressing the Bill through the Dáil by the end of the week, the Labour Party’s motion of no confidence in the Government will not go ahead on Tuesday night.

    He said: “We would need to know by lunchtime tomorrow that the Government intends to move the Finance Bill and have the Finance Bill enacted this coming week. We would cooperate with that.

    “That would mean then that the Dáil could be dissolved at the end of this coming week to allow a General Election to take place.”‘

    Read more: http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/gilmore-will-withdraw-motion-if-finance-bill-fast-tracked-490457.html#ixzz1BtP8eHov

    The RTE News website (22nd January) reported:

    ‘Labour TD Róisin Shorthall also said that her party is willing to push through the Finance Bill if it meant an immediate General Election was called.

    The party’s Spokesperson for Social and Family Affairs says that if the Bill is the only concern keeping the Government in power, then they would help in dealing with it in a short space of time.

    Ms Shorthall says that it would be ‘feasible’ to have the Bill pass all stages by the end of the week.’

    http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/0122/politics1.html

    Des Derwin

    January 24, 2011 at 8:12 pm

  3. ‘The Irish Examiner’ website (23rd January) reports:

    ‘The Labour Party has said it would facilitate the fast-tracking of the Finance Bill to facilitate an earlier election.

    Party Leader Eamon Gilmore has said that if the Government commits to progressing the Bill through the Dáil by the end of the week, the Labour Party’s motion of no confidence in the Government will not go ahead on Tuesday night.

    He said: “We would need to know by lunchtime tomorrow that the Government intends to move the Finance Bill and have the Finance Bill enacted this coming week. We would cooperate with that.

    “That would mean then that the Dáil could be dissolved at the end of this coming week to allow a General Election to take place.”‘

    Read more: http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/gilmore-will-withdraw-motion-if-finance-bill-fast-tracked-

    The RTE News website (22nd January) reported:

    ‘Labour TD Róisin Shorthall also said that her party is willing to push through the Finance Bill if it meant an immediate General Election was called.

    The party’s Spokesperson for Social and Family Affairs says that if the Bill is the only concern keeping the Government in power, then they would help in dealing with it in a short space of time.

    Ms Shorthall says that it would be ‘feasible’ to have the Bill pass all stages by the end of the week.’

    http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/0122/politics1.html

    Des Derwin

    January 24, 2011 at 8:18 pm

  4. ‘The Irish Examiner’ website (23rd January) reports:

    ‘The Labour Party has said it would facilitate the fast-tracking of the Finance Bill to facilitate an earlier election. Party Leader Eamon Gilmore has said that if the Government commits to progressing the Bill through the Dáil by the end of the week, the Labour Party’s motion of no confidence in the Government will not go ahead on Tuesday night. He said “We would need to know by lunchtime tomorrow that the Government intends to move the Finance Bill and have the Finance Bill enacted this coming week. We would co-operate with that. That would mean that the Dáil could be dissolved at the end of this coming week to allow a General Election to take place”.’

    The RTE News website (22nd January) reported:

    ‘Labour TD Róisín Shorthall also said her party is willing to push through the Finance Bill if it meant an immediate General Election was called. The party’s spokesperson for Social and Family Affairs says that if the Bill is the only concern keeping the Government in power, then they would help in dealing with it in a short space of time. Ms Shorthall says that it would be ‘feasible’ to have the Bill pass all stages by the end of the week.’

    Des Derwin

    January 24, 2011 at 8:38 pm

  5. ‘The dublicitous role and actions of the Labour Party exposed.’ Statement from the

    COMMUNIST PARTY OF IRELAND.
    James Connolly House, 43 East Essex Street,Temple Bar, Dublin 2>

    24th January 2011

    He who pays the piper calls the tune

    The intervention by the EU Commission, in the person of the chief spokesperson for Ollie Rehn, calling for the passing of the Finance Bill is another clear example (if one were needed) of who is calling the shots.

    His intervention was timed to influence the outcome of the talks being held in relation to the Finance Bill between this rump of a Government and the political parties represented in the Dáil. To the EU it is not important who is in government as long as they do as they are told. The EU and international finance houses have nothing to worry about, as all the parties that will make up the next Government are committed to fulfilling their wishes.

    The Labour Party and Fine Gael protest too much, but if they get a majority in the forthcoming election they will implement the agreed four-year strategy to the letter, and will hide behind the pretext that they “had no alternative.” Their duplicitous role and actions of both party’s in particular the Labour Party today confirm that they are fully in-tune with the needs of big business and the agenda of the EU/IMF.

    There is a need for a plebiscite on the socialised debt and the price that working people are being forced to pay, in cuts in social services and pensions, increased taxes, and the universal social charge.

    The establishment parties must not be allowed to hide behind their election manifestos, which are not worth the paper they are written on, in claiming they have a mandate for supporting these policies into the future.

    Opposition and mobilisation by the people needs to be stepped up, not just leading up to the election but beyond. The left and people’s organisations need their own four-year strategy to defeat these policies and to ensure that the will of the people is heard loud and clear, and is adhered to.

    Des Derwin

    January 24, 2011 at 9:06 pm


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