View Full Version : "It's the economy, stupid!" - Workers' Party Meath-West Press Release

04-02-2011, 02:43 PM
Press release (http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=126744477393662) from WP general election candidate in Meath-West, Séamus McDonagh.

"Séamus McDonagh, addressing members and supporters of the Worker's Party after his selection as candidate in the 2011 General Election for the constituency of Meath-West, said that this election will not be about potholes and the parish pump. In the immortal words of President Bill Clinton, “it's the economy, stupid!”.

Ireland is still one of the wealthiest countries in the world, but the wealth is held by a small number of speculators and gamblers, while the life is being squeezed out of ordinary people by unemployment, cuts in wages and social welfare, tax rises and mortgage debt. People want change. The Workers' Party states that the time has come for a radical alternative to the failed policies of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, a socialist alternative, which will lift the hopelessness from society and breath life back into the economy.

The Workers' Party is committing to bring back into the public exchequer the billions which were immorally accumulated by the bankers and developers, and to reform the taxation system to ensure that billionaire tax exiles pay up and that those who can afford the most pay the most, including a wealth tax and a levy on the banks and financial institutions.

The potential to create wealth and sustainable jobs in indigenous industries is huge. The development of our vast oil and gas resources, in the national interest and not for private profit, will provide a sound basis on which to develop our economy. The Dept. of Finance values the oil and gas reserves at €540 billion. These resources rightly belong to the Irish people. However, the rights to this wealth have been given away by the treacherous Fianna Fáil government and under the current arrangements the state will get absolutely nothing. The Workers' Party proposes a renegotiation of this contract along the lines of the Norwegian situation, where a special oil tax of 50% is levied on top of a standard corporation tax of 28%. With this level of return on our oil and gas resources, the tax revenues will be used to wipe out the debts of the state, and further used to develop necessary infrastructure such as schools, hospitals, road and rail network, ports, in addition to creating employment in diverse sectors including spin off industries from oil and gas refining and processing, renewable energy, horticulture and food processing.

Another central issue in this election is the question of debt. Not the bank debts, NAMA and Anglo-Irish Bank, we have heard more than enough about that. The Workers' Party will address the problem of criminal levels of mortgage debt for ordinary people. Negative equity is a curse, combined with insecurity over employment, increasing taxes and reducing income. There is no financial spreadsheet that can measure the cost in human suffering which results from this hopeless situation. Stress, sleeplessness, breakdown in relationships, depression, increasing prescription rates for anti-depressants, increasing suicide rates. This is the reality of life behind closed doors for many families in Meath. How long must people continue to suffer? The Workers' Party commits to a "NAMA for mortgage holders", whereby mortgage loans held by people on family homes will be scaled back to the current market values of their property, removing the negative equity and easing the financial pressure on families. A "haircut" on mortgages would push the excess debt back to the banks. International economists agree that it makes sense for the banks, because if they don't accept the haircut on these loans it will lead to widespread default by families on these debts, unable to keep up payments, handing back keys, bankrupcy. This slow attrition helps nobody, not families, not even the banks. There is no more blood to be squeezed from the stone, not when the cost is being measured in the misery of family lives across the country.

On these, and other economic policies listed in our ten point programme, the Workers' Party is fighting this election campaign in Meath-West."

Justin Casey
04-02-2011, 03:09 PM
Terrible speech. Read George Orwell's Why I Write and try again. Friendly advice. :)

04-02-2011, 03:32 PM
Justin, thanks for the friendly advice, and I'm sure it would be nice to have someone of Orwell's literary skills writing our speeches and press releases for us, but we don't. I take your point that a well written speech will be more effective in its purpose than a poorly written one of course. The question is, whether any speech at all is better than none. The function of the press release is after all not literary or oratorical perfection, but publicity for the political issues.

Justin Casey
04-02-2011, 03:52 PM
I take your points and acknowledge your aims, but because you lack the resources of your opponents you must do more with less. I heard Martin on the wireless in a FF advert and the confused message was "Vote for my Dad, eat more soup and buy a fork-lift - they're fierce clever yokes". And then something about More Better or Bigger Better Faster More or something. The bar is not set very high in communicating ideas these days. Hitching your message on a sound-bite from a US has-been is confusing.

There's a short essay called Politics and the English Language in Orwell's Why I Write which is worth a read.

Sam Lord
04-02-2011, 04:05 PM
Hitching your message on a sound-bite from a US has-been is confusing.

Really ...

Absolutely dreadful approach. I'm still trying to bring myself to read it ...

06-02-2011, 09:50 PM
Terrible speech. Read George Orwell's Why I Write and try again. Friendly advice. :)

Try not to be an ********. Read Dale Carnegie's How To Make Friends and Influence People. Friendly advice. :D

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06-02-2011, 10:49 PM
There are good principles in the wp but theres nothing extraordinary worth more than a 3rd/4th pref.