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May 11, 2012


Rita Cahill

The Government will Fail to get A yes Vote on this Referendum, It is Not a Fair Fiscal Treaty, with no growth or Tax on Bailout Borrowing, it wud put Ireland into very traumatic Diffuculty, or maybe Bust, Mark my Words just before the Treaty, This Government Plans on A Trick Fraud, Game to be Set in Motion to try and force upon us a yes Vote, Enda Kenny has planned on telling the media a few days before the Referendum Vote, the charts will fall on a dilebrate, to force us into a yes vote, wait and see the stunt Game that is planted on the irish people, if this happens then it is all a flawed deficit, i read about Angela Merkel and Endas plan a while back, if enda was uncertain of a yes vote, angela merkel said she wud set a plan in motion to sell a yes vote in Ireland, but we all must say no to this treaty, for the good future of Ireland, this is just a tricker treat to have full control over Ireland, we will not get a look in or a say. The future is for the Good of our Future and Our Childrens Future. no fiscal tricker treat.

Nessa Childers

It seems we are not going to say No. But at a terrible cost to Labour, in particular . Many yes voters are angry with the Government.

The Red C poll of 1000 voters around the country found that
53% of voters say they'll vote Yes - an increase of six points the last poll a fortnight ago. 31% say they will vote no, down four points, while 16% are undecided, down two points.
When the undecided are excluded, the yes side leads by 63% to 37% with just under three weeks to go until voting.
In terms of party support, the poll showed that Fine Gael has dropped three points to 29%, while coalition partner Labour is down to 13%. Fianna Fáil is up two to 19%, while Sinn Féin is also up two to 21% - the party's highest ever Red C rating. Independents and others are unchaged at 18%.


It does seem likely that the 'Yes' side will prevail, as Nessa points out above. People seem to think one of two things (or both): (a) we're going to get sweets from the EU for being good little children, and not those ungrateful Greeks (or French!) who insist on voting against politicians complicit in implementing austerity; (b) that we have to 'balance our books', even though we only ever ran a surplus in the history of the State because of a housing bubble: and most countries that run a surplus, tend to plunge into recession soon after (for example, Spain and, er, Ireland....). We have to move away from the notion that public money is supposed to be budgeted for in the same way as money in a household. Public saving is private dis-saving, and vice versa.

By the way, Michael, didn't the Government actually end up cutting more than the promised amount in Budget 2012 (as set out in one of your blogs at the time of the last Budget)?

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