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Your Forefathers Way or The Fiscal Compact Way?

It's that time again folks, time for the political parties to bombard us with mistruths. It's time for the pro Europe parties to issue the scare tactics with tired rhetoric about the atms and the pay of our public servants, aka, them, and the anti European parties to exaggerate the treaties relevance to appeal to our more "patriotic" voters, speak about our forefathers and what they fought for and so on and so forth. Oh yes, there is nothing more effective than a European referendum to bring out the half wits to bludgeon the airwaves and carve up the columns with unbalanced propaganda, only fit to be fed to a society of citizens, believed to be equally as naive and stupid as those spreading the lies.

There are good and bad elements to this fiscal union treaty. I am not going to claim to have an in depth knowledge of European affairs or economics on the whole. I do however, have a relatively average intelligence and a commandment of the English language, both traits which help me to read / listen and understand the basic facts of what is put before me. It would seem pretty obvious that this whole treaty is based around levels of indebtedness of sovereign states, and this is more a way of making it legal for Europe to put countries who breach these debt levels into the bold corner to be shamed by Merkozy and have their budget overseen by our overlords in the Bundestag.

Now, whilst I abhor the way countries like Ireland have been treated by our supposed overlords, I have to say, that having debt level barriers seems like a pretty basic and practical thing to have in place. Everyone living on planet earth has to run a household budget. We spend what we have, we can't spend what we don't and so on. I don't think anyone would propose approaching the bank manager at the same time every year for an ever increasing overdraft to fund your day to day expenses. So from that point of view, I think this treaty is nothing to be afraid of, unlike the rubbish that is heard from the left, claiming this to be an "austerity treaty". It's a treaty where we propose to reduce our deficit, yes more rapidly, but all in all I don't think anyone is suggesting that we should remain racking up deficits year on year? Or maybe the ULA and Sinn Fein's book of "Anne and Barry Economics" allows us that "small" grace?

This all comes unstuck though. How? Well in two areas, those being, with the finer details of the treaty in relation to our current situation and the fact that I, and I am sure, alot of Irish citizens have been pushed aside and lied to more than we can care to remember. So let's look at the finer details. We are, as a nation, saddled with private banking debt, debt which we will be paying off for decades, debt which WILL be included in our national debt and deficit calculations. So what I understand from this is, debt we DO NOT own will be included in our overall target, therefore rendering our situation and fiscal responsibility targets pretty much impossible, and critically, totally immoral, to the point where ignoring it becomes impossible. From this point alone, I will be voting no. The treaty makes sense, absolutely, at least from my interpretation of it, however, the treaty makes absolutely no sense for Ireland and the current circumstances we find ourselves in, or more appropriately have been pushed into. 

But none of this matters, believe it or not. Leo Vradkar, amongst all his arrogance and fanciful notions of grandeur, made a statement quite recently which he was berated for. However, I believed it was the most sensible thing he had said in nearly a year, albeit, he was saying it from a point of sheer arrogance and contempt for the Irish Citizen. He admitted that a vote on the EU fiscal compact, would not be a vote on the treaty itself, but more on side issues. To this point he was correct, something I am sure he takes great satisfaction in. The fact is, the Irish people have been ignored, robbed, saddled with debt, lied to, spoken down to and blamed for the crisis, and that's only since Leo, Fine Gael and Labour got into government in 2011. This is something that cannot even be laid at the door of Fianna Fail or Cowboy Ahern. This is before we even tackle the blatant lies that were told to the electorate the time of the Lisbon Treaty by all parties, and, the utter contempt with which their democratic decision was held and then ignored. I would never suggest that such a vote would be taken so lightly by the electorate in normal circumstances. But these are far from normal circumstances, and, when nothing is explained and all that is handed down is lies and threats, I am sure the elite new powers like Leo will afford the Irish citizen a middle finger vote, aimed at Europe and the government, who seem to hold us all in such a low light. Fool Ireland once, shame on you, fool Ireland for the umpteenth time.........

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