Campaign Against the Austerity Treaty

Vote No to the Fiscal Compact Treaty, Referendum in Ireland, May 31 2012

Irish People Bullied into Voting Yes – An Explicit Campaign of Blackmail Waged against Potential ‘No’ Voters

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We Lost.

A big thanks to all campaigners, in Ireland and many other parts of the world, who fought so hard.

Link to Results :

Austerity Treaty Results

Here are some initial reactions :

Campaign Against the Austerity Treaty

Press statement – June 1 – immediate release

Irish people bullied into voting Yes

Referendum result is not a mandate for home and water taxes

Labour’s way IS Frankfurt’s way

The government and the EU have succeeded in bullying the people of Ireland into voting for a Treaty they do not want. This vote was based upon fear and the Yes majority is a hollow victory. Even amongst supporters of the Treaty there was an admission that the only grounds for supporting it were the threats of exclusion from future bailout funds. This was the only substantive argument presented by the government and the Yes campaign.

The referendum result today should not be regarded as a mandate to impose the household tax, the water tax and other austerity measures. Those who are being most affected by the austerity measures – cuts and tax hikes – have rejected this treaty in large numbers.

Labour’s way is now exposed as Frankfurt’s way: the protection of failing banks at the expense of ordinary working people. The Labour Party should take no comfort in this result. They will find themselves supporting cuts and taxes that impose the burden of the banking and economic crisis on ordinary people. The Austerity Treaty, and the austerity policies being currently implemented, will bring neither stability, recovery nor growth. Labour supporters will soon realise this.

Over the coming months the activists of the Campaign Against the Austerity Treaty will work with those who oppose the implementation of the austerity measures that are embodied in this anti-social treaty. We will continue to link up with like-minded movements across Europe in support of an alternative that prioritises full employment, social protection, peace and environmental sustainability.

 

Brendan Young.

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An Explicit Campaign of Blackmail Waged against Potential ‘No’ Voters

The fiscal treaty was voted on in a referendum in Ireland yesterday and was approved by a margin of 60% to 40% (with a turnout of barely 50% of eligible voters).  

 

The outcome of the referendum was largely attributable to the ‘yes’ side’s focus on Ireland’s access to the new European Stability Mechanism (ESM) – the fund to which Ireland would be expected to apply should it require a second loan from non-market sources (a first such loan – from EU, IMF and other sources – was contracted in 2010).  The argument was endlessly repeated that a ‘no’ vote would deny Ireland the ability to apply to the ESM, and many people were doubtless convinced that this could be a risky proposition .  Thus, the ‘yes’ vote is explained to some extent not by any widespread endorsement of the content of the treaty itself, but rather by an explicit campaign of blackmail waged against potential ‘no’ voters.  As Paul Murphy, Socialist Party Member of the European Parliament put it, a ‘yes’ vote  is “no endorsement of what’s in this treaty and it’s no endorsement of austerity. People are scared out there.”

 

Things, however, will not get better or less scary for most Irish people any time soon.  In fact, they will likely get worse.  A ‘breaking news’ headline in one of the country’s national newspapers this morning  read: “Bad news back on agenda now vote is over”, referring to the fact that issues such as the introduction of new taxes, discussion of which was cynically deferred during the referendum campaign, will come roaring back with a vengeance.  Further swingeing austerity is to be imposed for years to come, copper fastened in place by the treaty’s rules.  Those who have borne the brunt of the cutbacks to date already understand this – working class communities tended to vote ‘no’ to the treaty, while the ‘yes’ vote was highest in middle- and upper-class constituencies; even one government minister conceded that the vote reflected a “class divide”.

 

There is no disguising that the referendum result is a disappointment. However, the fact that the ‘no’ vote was 40% is, under the circumstances, a very decent showing, especially given that the three largest political parties (only two of which are in government), all major newspapers, business groups and various civil society elites were unanimous in their calls for a ‘yes’ vote.  And it is worth bearing in mind that the fear factor discussed above pushed a lot of people into the ‘yes’ camp despite their opposition to the broad thrust of current policy.  Nor can those who abstained be counted as having given the current regime a ringing endorsement.  In other words, almost the entire weight of establishment Ireland could barely manage to persuade 30% of the electorate to back the treaty, and a good number of those did so only through gritted teeth and at effective gunpoint.  The courage of those who voted ‘no, coupled with what will inevitably be the growing anger and sense of betrayal felt by many of those those who voted ‘yes’ or who did not vote at all, provides a solid basis for developing a serious alternative agenda to, and mobilization against, the debt and austerity programme in the years to come.

Andy Storey

 

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June 1, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Eve of Poll Messages – Paul Krugman and Rónán Burtenshawe

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Paul Krugman Says No to the Austerity Treaty :

NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING ECONOMIST Paul Krugman has advised Irish voters to vote No in Thursday’s referendum on the Fiscal Compact.

“I’ve thought about it, it’s hard. I would say vote No,” he said on BBC Radio 4 this morning. Krugman dismissed the suggestion that a No vote would anger Germany and see Ireland cut off from bailout funds or from the Eurozone.

“At this point the Germans need to face the reality that this cannot work and that the Irish, who’ve been such good soldiers in this crisis, if even the Irish say no then that would actually send a helpful message,” he said.

Read More Here :

Paul Krugman Says Irish Voters Should Say No the Austerity Treaty

 

Rónán Burtenshawe Replies to Katherine Zappone :

 

On theJournal.ie on Monday Senator Katherine Zappone established her support for the Fiscal Treaty in an article titled, ‘I’ve always fought for those who have the least. That’s why I’m voting Yes.’ For many of us who are fans of her academic and political work it will have been a disappointing read – laced with conformism, neoliberal logic and uncritical repetition of conventional wisdom which serves the interests of the powerful. The article requires a response – particularly because of its assertion that voting Yes serves the interests of the weakest in Irish society.

More Here :

This Treaty Does Not Serve The Interests of Those Who Have the Least – response to Senator Katherine Zappone

 

 

 

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May 30, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Good Advice from Slavoj Zizek

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tomasoflatharta:

Good Advice from Zizek

Originally posted on The Cedar Lounge Revolution:

…they could do worse than read this from Slavoj Žižek on Europe and the Greeks… passed on by Wu Ming for which many thanks…

On the choice between SYRIZA amd the right…

And, as is usually the case when a real choice is on offer, the establishment is in a panic: chaos, poverty and violence will follow, they say, if the wrong choice is made.

And:

Here is the paradox that sustains the ‘free vote’ in democratic societies: one is free to choose on condition that one makes the right choice. This is why, when the wrong choice is made (as it was when Ireland rejected the EU constitution), the choice is treated as a mistake, and the establishment immediately demands that the ‘democratic’ process be repeated in order that the mistake may be corrected.

But it’s his conclusion which is most important where he points to a depoliticised technocracy…

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tomasoflatharta:

Good Advice from Zizek

Originally posted on Campaign Against the Austerity Treaty:

Don’t Give Them Permission to Cause More Hardship

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“Accept austerity or face chaos”. This is the message sent by European leaders – such as José Manuel Barroso, Angela Merkel, Mario Draghi – to the Irish and Greek peoples.

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May 30, 2012 at 6:39 pm

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May 30, 2012 at 9:32 am

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Christine Lagarde, scourge of tax evaders, pays no tax

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A reminder that tax is only for little people :

From the British Guardian :

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IMF Boss Lagarde, Scourge of Greek People, Pays No Tax

Christine Lagarde, scourge of tax evaders, pays no tax

IMF boss who caused international outrage when she suggested that Greeks should pay their taxes earns a tax-free salary

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde. Photograph: Dominick Reuter/Reuters

Christine Lagarde, the IMF boss who caused international outrage after she suggested in an interview with the Guardian on Friday that beleaguered Greeks might do well to pay their taxes, pays no taxes, it has emerged.

As an official of an international institution, her salary of $467,940 (£298,675) a year plus $83,760 additional allowance a year is not subject to any taxes.

The former French finance minister took over as managing director of the IMF last year when she succeeded her disgraced compatriot Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was forced to resign after he faced charges – later dropped – of sexually attacking a New York hotel maid. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 29, 2012 at 9:06 pm

European ATTAC Network Declares “we have to break with the neoliberal monetary order”

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Don’t Give Them Permission to Cause More Hardship

CAAT Newspaper Advertisement:

Link :

EU14StarAdMay 29

Link :

ATTAC Finland Demonstrators – Ireland Vote No for Us

European ATTAC Network Declares “we have to break with the neoliberal monetary order”

“Accept austerity or face chaos”. This is the message sent by European leaders – such as José Manuel Barroso, Angela Merkel, Mario Draghi – to the Irish and Greek peoples. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 29, 2012 at 8:42 pm

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