- John Corcoran (ICTA) writes in an email: At
8.25 am yesterday morning Paul Krugman and John Corcoran spoke
simultaneously on BBC radio and advised the Irish people to vote No in
the Fiscal Treaty Referendum. John spoke on BBC radio ulster and Paul
on BBC radio 4. Both are distinguished former students of the London
School of Economics. Please join with John and Paul and ensure a No
vote today. If you click on the podcast link... you can hear the interview.
John Corcoran, M.Sc. Economics London School of Economics and Political Science.
Spokesperson, Irish Commercial Tenants Association;
- David McWilliams / Irish Independent - The fiscal treaty will only make things worse: The
situation in the eurozone is not getting any better. The fiscal treaty,
by imposing austerity on an already enfeebled economy, will make things
worse, prompting more capital flight. Rolling the snowball down the
hill is not an honest option.
Mightn’t it be better to open the negotiations properly now?
- Forpras Financial Solutions - Why vote NO to the Fiscal Stability Treaty? Why are our Irish politicians telling us to vote YES? Are you aware that the ESM (European Stability Mechanism) isn’t even setup and yet Portugal, Spain and Greece need immediate bailing out? Where will all this funding come from? Well, more and more taxes will be needed to pay for all these bailouts and ofcourse the vicious circle of Ireland having to borrow to help bailout itself out and our partners. Every cent borrowed needs to be repaid with excessive interest rates. The government tells us not to worry as they have agreed with their collegues in the EU that we will be permitted to pay these loans over an extended timeframe. But nobody is agreeing to help reduce our debts or even write a portion off? Why? [...] It looks like Ireland and the Irish public will be left with mountains of debt. More and more Irish will be required to pay higher taxes (VAT 23%, property tax, water charges, higher car taxes, higher fuel taxes and the list goes on) resulting in the standard of living in Ireland falling, rising debt and a massive increase in the number of Irish unable to pay off their debts whether they be mortgages, credit cards, etc.
- Vincent Browne / Politico.ie - We owe it to ourselves to oppose a trajectory that will vandalise society: I
will vote No to express indignation with the cavalier disregard of the
procedures and protocols of the European Union itself of the sovereignty
of its member states, in the conduct of the leaders of the EU
institutions and of Germany and France, in their insolence in
interfering with the internal affairs of Greece and Italy, in their
disregard for “democratic” procedures of the Union - even in the way
this Fiscal Treaty came about.
I will vote No to defy the wishes of the German elite, which benefited so spectacularly from the emergence of the Eurozone and now makes modest redistribution of that generated wealth, conditional on adherence to its economic and budgetary diktats, diktats that disadvantage not only the mass of people throughout the rest of Europe but the mass of people in Germany itself.
I will vote No to give backbone to the government’s dealings with the EU on the promissory notes and the other bank debt.
- TEEU - the power union - TEEU Executive Committee Urges Members to Vote No to Austerity: The
inevitable result would be a further contraction in the size of the
economy – already decreased by over a quarter since 2008 – with an
accompanying increase in unemployment and decrease in government
revenue. As Nobel laureate Paul Krugman simply put it, austerity “pushes depressed economies deeper into depression”.
We, and others, have pointed out that a fiscal stimulus is what is
required and have suggested, to no avail, a means of applying it.