Helen S wrote:
The Irish appear to be demonstrating for higher taxes on those who make money for the country and the continuance of endless public sector jobs. The same seems to be the purpose of the planned anti-globalization/anarchist demos here in April (I mean students against bankers?). Personally, I'd prefer the American style demos - against higher taxes and against a greater growth in the state sector. Remember, we are paying for those public sector jobs and all those students who are getting ridiculous degrees from ridiculous universities. But hey, if you don't mind your taxes going up and up ....
I just happened to be in Dublin yesterday (not for the demonstration) and, on the city centre route, one couldn't miss it - i timed it at 1 hr 20mins to pass by.
The demonstration (officially) was called against the Irish Government's recent pension levy on public servantshttp://www.rte.ie/news/2009/0203/economy.html
However, the general protest was also against the recent scandals in Irish banks also - the Anglo Irish Bank in particular and their Golden Circlehttp://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/ireland/article5781014.ece
Apart several general placard statements, stand-outs included:
"Tax" (with a 'tick') and "levy" (scored out) - Hmmm, not sure about that one - as Helen says, safeguarding Socialist (worker) positions of 'power' ????
One (only) demonstrator with ( i don't remember the whole placard statement) "HSE = anti-Irish, HSE = British imperial......" - oh dear, another demonstrator trying to support anti-British rhetoric. If nothing, there's certainly (old) transparency when the Irish demonstrate.....maybe he got directed onto the wrong demonstration ?
A few Sinn Fein protestors/placards - don't they get the message that Southern Ireland voters don't want them....or Fianna Fail either (their pols will have to get as much from the public purse before they're out of a job soon !)
A protestor (with hoody up) arguing for Lithuanian justice and that 'A N Other' (name not noted) was innocent - was slightly amusing to watch him walk against the 'tide' and full marks for his effort.....whether it got him anywhere though.
And....thankfully, a placard with "Give Ireland back to the Irish, reject the Lisbon Treaty'.....sadly just the one of these placards as well, but welcome nonetheless.
Whether you agree with Helen on the public sector issue, or not, she is being too harsh on the general despondency/frustration/anger/worry/fear of the populace. The bankers/entrepreneurs/businessmen who, alledgedly, create the country's wealth have also forced their (percieved) losses on the people. Taking side for the business community is akin to acting like the many 'Socialist Workers' who were out in force to gather (new) supporters for their equal 'power trip'.http://ballymunsocialist.wordpress.com/2009/02/22/120000-march-in-dublin-now-for-a-one-day-national-stoppage/
So, on the one hand we have the 'so called' money creators (Greedy and uncaring to the core; unless, of course there is some tax advantages to showing their caring side) and, on the other hand, the leeches of Socialism.
These terrible twins have plagued our societies for too long and the recent economic stirrings show us where both of them want 'us' - in a dark, brooding hole with little escape.