Donegal county councillor Michael Mac Giolla Easbuig has labelled the budget as a cynical one from a cynical government.
He said that having robbed us blind over the last four and a half years, they have dropped a few crumbs into our plates and with that they hope to buy the election.
“They expect us to be grateful that they have given just a little back of what has been stolen from us and handed to the bankers and bondholders.
“They expect us to forget that they have saddled us with huge debts which will take decades to pay off.
“I am not impressed by the pale alternatives that have been offered by Sinn Fein and Fianna Fail. Today they said that they also would slavishly stick to terms of the so-called fiscal compact, the golden handcuffs imposed by Europe.”
He said their argument against the Fine Gael/Labour coalition seems to the about the size of the crumbs we should get.
“What we need instead is radical and fundamental economic change to decisively shift the balance of power away from the fatcats, the corporations and the rich, towards working people – and by that I mean those who have work and those forced out of work.
“Let’s have a wealth tax. Raise corporation tax with no exemptions and no loopholes. Replace the so-called ‘Local Property Tax’, which is in reality a tax on our homes, with a real property tax which targets speculators who still own huge tracts of lands.
“Let’s invest the huge amounts this would raise in fixing our health service, ending the housing crisis and properly financing our schools and local services.
“We won’t get this alternative from any of the four mainstream parties. We will only get it by supporting genuine left independent in the coming general election.”Tags: