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VOTE FOR THE UNITED LEFT ALLIANCE!
We have been lied to, we have been cheated and we have been treated as fools. We have had our salaries cut, our pension money stolen, our taxes increased and social welfare cut. Our young people are emigrating and hundreds of thousands are unemployed. Social welfare is being slashed and our health and education services are being decimated.
And we are only into the first year of a four year plan to make all these things even worse!
We are being told that we must pay for the economic crisis even though we had nothing to do with creating it. In fact salt is being rubbed into our wounds because all the sacrifices we are being ordered to make are to save those really responsible for the crisis. The money that is taken off us is being handed over to the bankers and developers who created this mess in the first place. The bankers continue to pay themselves bonuses and NAMA hands our money over to property developers to finish their projects.
It is not only the bankers who created this mess. The Government encouraged the speculation and wants us to pay to save the banks. The Department of Finance and the Regulator failed to prevent the speculation. Every part of the establishment and the Irish State failed the ordinary people of Ireland.
Those who are supposed to defend us failed us. The Irish Congress of Trade Unions was in partnership with this Government every year Fianna Fail was in power. David Begg, the leader of ICTU, sat on the Board of the Central Bank when it failed to regulate the banks and failed to do anything to prevent the disaster.
The whole elite and their economic system have failed us. Their entire political system is rotten and corrupt and now we are told we must do the bidding of unelected bureaucrats from the European Union and IMF. We donít just need a change of Government. We need an entirely new State and an entirely new social and economic system.
We need a new Republic, a second Republic,
a WORKERS REPUBLIC! We need to return to the promise of James Connolly
and the fight for our independence in 1916. It promised that the
ownership of Ireland would belong to the people of Ireland and that all
the children of Ireland would be cherished equally.
There is only one group of candidates who
oppose all cuts. One group that opposes us paying for the banks mistakes
and who oppose sacrificing our futures and that of our children for the
EU and IMF. Only the candidates of the United Left Alliance offer
this. As supporters of the ULA:
The next step in the EU/IMF deal is to restructure the banks but these rotten institutions should not be saved with workersí money. We need a new bank that not only is funded by working people but is owned and run by them; a workers co-operative designed not to fund property speculation but to fund real economic and social development.
In every country workers are asked to undercut each otherís wages, services and welfare in a race to the bottom from which only the rich can win. We should not compete with other workers. We should unite with them. Our solidarity should be with those facing the same situation as us - not Irish bankers. For this we need a new Europe. A Europe of the workers not a Europe of the bankers.
This is your chance to vote for an alternative. But your vote will not be enough. Just as we cannot rely on the Dail parties during the election we will have to rely on ourselves after it. We must organise in our unions and our communities to defend our livelihoods and give our children a future.
Only ONE group stand opposed to ALL cuts, to paying the debts of the BANKERS and opposing the bullying of the EU and IMF. Vote for and sign up to the United Left Alliance!
This leaflet has been produced by supporters
of the United Left Alliance who are members and supporters of Socialist
Democracy. You can contact us at www.socialistdemocracy.org
and contact the United Left Alliance at www.unitedleftalliance.org
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