Wednesday, 23 September 2009
The Republican Socialist Youth Movement calls on the people of Ireland to once more Vote No in the upcoming referendum on the Lisbon treaty. Lisbon 2 represents a blatant attack by the establishment on democracy. The Irish people have already made their feelings quite clear on this issue and their decision should be respected. In re-running and supporting the ratification of this treaty, the establishment parties have made a mockery of the democratic will of those they claim to represent. It is therefore essential that an emphatic No is returned to show that the dictatorial tactics of the Yes side will not be rewarded.
It is obvious which class in society this treaty is intended to benefit. This time round, those champions of working class interest, Intel and Ryanair, have thrown their weight behind the Yes side of the debate. Both have actively spent hundreds of thousands of euro to aid the Yes campaign so it’s not difficult to deduce which side of the fence normal working people should be on. The agenda of these people must be carefully assessed and questioned. Intel, as a manufacturer of components for military hardware stands to gain substantially from the increased militarisation of Europe. While when Michael O’Leary and his cohorts support something, we know as workers its usually a good rule of thumb to vote the other way. This is a man who has made millions through the brutal exploitation of workers.
In a recent debate on RTE Radio1 former supreme court judge Donal Barrington admitted that Ireland’s veto to prevent privatisation and the opening up of things like healthcare and education to foreign corporations is removed in the Lisbon Treaty. This is a very worrying development, as progression towards a healthcare system reminiscent of that in the USA would be disastrous for Ireland.
This treaty is designed to assure the ascendancy of one particular class in society, the ruling class. It further reduces Ireland’s say in the EU and vests more power in unelected bureaucrats rather than the normal citizens of the EU. It also requires Ireland to allocate more resources towards militarisation at a time when we are facing savage cuts implemented by the same people calling for a Yes vote. But seeing as our government has no problem with US warplanes landing at Shannon it is doubtful issues surrounding militarisation and neutrality is of much concern to them.
The Republican Socialist Youth Movement urges the Irish people not to bow to the bullying tactics of the government and the EU and to return a No vote once again.
Republican Socialist Youth Movement
Monday, 21 September 2009
Last night (20th September) Sligo RSYM went out and put up posters against the upcoming Lisbon 2 treaty. The feedback from the public was positive as the posters were being put up and with the majority of the posters being put up in the city centre the impact is bound to be increasingly more affective.
Saturday, 19 September 2009
We hear much of the charter on human rights if
Previously issues such as public services, like health care and education possibly being put out to private tender and the mercy of the market was on many working class people’s minds and influenced the way they voted last time. This could well happen if
VAGUE PROMISES AND DECLARATIONS
Some people may be aware of some vague promises, which are mere smoke screens on issues which people were not overly concerned with anyway, with a couple of meaningless promises, on such issues as maintaining Irelands Commissioner. It must be pointed out that these promises do not equal legally binding guarantees. It should also be stated that declarations do not mean a thing. Declarations carry no legal weight. As far as being legally binding declarations are not worth the paper they are written on and frankly neither do promises. All this aside the issue of a commissioner was well down the list of priorities as to why people voted NO in June 2008.
Before the last referendum the former French President, Valery Giscard d Estaing stated the Lisbon Treaty should be designed to “head off any threat of referenda by avoiding any form of constitutional vocabulary”, and the Belgian Foreign Minister, Karel de Gucht, said, referring to the Constitutional Treaty rejected by the French and Dutch electorate, “the aim of Constitutional Treaty was to be more readable, the aim of this treaty is to be unreadable”. Little wonder between 80% and 90% of voters claimed they “could not understand it” In other words the Irish people were asked to vote on an illegible document, and will be again. VOTE NO TO
It has now being decided that October 2nd will be the date of the second referendum on the