Very proud to be able to speak on the 100th anniversary of getting the vote in 2018. The right to vote was hard won by revolutionary action; it brought us formal democratic rights, but now we need REAL DEMOCRACY. So instead of a tiny elite deciding how the wealth and resources in society are divvied up – we all get to have a say – ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY. Speed the day!
An ERSI report shows that this govt looks after the top earners – not the ‘early risers’ nor the ‘squeezed middle’! Figures show that the last budget left average households WORSE off than before. Lower income housholds lost most. And according to economist Michael Taft, the real winners over the last 8 years are the very high earners. Average housholds are paying more tax, and are poorer than before the budget. Some recovery!
I welcome the move to define what ‘family’ means for refugees, and I welcome refugees and their families – just as the Irish needed a ‘welcome’ in our darkest days. And I condemn the actions of fascist sympathisers outside the gates of the Dáil as we speak, the ‘Irexit’ bullies who assembled to ‘do down’ these vulnerable people.
If RTE had given me more than just one sentence here I would said that what we need to tackle climate change, is not carbon taxes on ordinary people but carbon taxes on the real culprits, the giant corporations, and we need to stop further exploration for fossil fuels. VIVA THE YELLOW JACKETS!
Carbon tax should be paid by the fossil fuel corporations, not by ordinary people. A carbon tax thus applied could help pay for energy saving projects such as increased public transport and retrofitting homes. And if the government is concerned about climate change, it should support my Bill to ban fossil fuel exploration at sea