Workers’ Party Anti-Austerity Treaty Platform May 7, 2012Posted by Garibaldy in Workers' Party.
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From the Conclusion of the document:
The Workers Party believe that this treaty must be rejected by the Irish people. It represents bad law, bad economics and is an affront to democracy.
The tactics being used to persuade people into voting “yes” rely on fear, on a clear misrepresentation of reality, and on a bogyman ESM Treaty which does not even exist at this time.
This treaty with its triple lock of 0.5% limit for structural deficits; plus the injunction that budget deficits do not exceed 3% of their gross domestic product at market prices; and that government debt does not exceed, or is sufficiently declining towards, 60% of their gross domestic product at market prices will plunge Ireland
(and possibly all of the EU) into a further spiral of economic contraction and prolonged recession.
The Workers Party believes that there is a viable alternative plan that preserves democracy, provides hope for citizens; and generates economic recovery.
Our recovery must be based on ending the ongoing cash-haemorrhage arising from the bank guarantee; on halting the collapse of the domestic economy; and on creating long term viable jobs which will replenish government income and simultaneously massively reduce the social welfare budget.
The government already has, or has ready access to, the tools that would facilitate these developments. Sadly what the government does not have is the political will to use these tools.
Utilise the EFSF
If the government has conceded that we will not be able to borrow on the international bond markets we have 14 months to go to the EFSF and receive the necessary funds there.
The bank bailout cost the Irish taxpayers about €70 billion. This is larger than the amount of money we have been loaned by the Troika. The present arrangement for the repayment of, for example, the Anglo promissory notes are unsustainable and must be either ended or completely renegotiated. An indefinite
deferral (or indd a cancellation) of the Anglo notes alone would free up €3.1 billion annually for the next decade.
Equalise our Tax system
Government economic policy which attacks the poorest in society and reduces their income depresses the domestic economy. Cutbacks will never balance the books. In a three part strategy we propose (i) a third income tax band of 50% for income over €120,000 per year (ii) A wealth tax at approx 0.6%,
and (iii)An end to the legacy tax avoidance schemes which cost up to €7 bn annually and have minimal if any positive economic effect.
Develop our Commercial State Companies
We have already published a detailed plan demonstrating how our commercial state companies, which have historically been the backbone of economic growth and progress in Ireland, already employ 40,000 people in productive jobs. Working from the model of a State Holding Company these companies can access international banks for capital and should be focused on developing Ireland’s potential in green energy, new technologies, etc, thereby directly creating and fostering thousands of well paid and sustainable jobs and simultaneously boosting exports and foreign earnings.
Take control of our own natural resources
Oil and gas are finite resources, are vital to every modern economy; and are in scarce supply. Ireland has considerable supplies of oil and gas. Unfortunately our government insists on giving it all away for free to various multinational oil companies. This is national economic sabotage. Ireland should follow the example of Norway or Venezuela, both small countries on the edge of a continent, who have taken control of their petrochemical resources and who have, and are, building a modern economy on the back of those resources.