Cuts and taxes in Budget 2014
Sir, – Given the Government’s ability, even enthusiasm, to impose charges and hardship on vulnerable citizens, surely there can be no further justification for not taking action to reduce the pensions being paid to former Ministers and politicians, particularly those responsible for our current economic situation? The rules should be further changed so that no politician or minister could receive any State pension until they reach the standard State pension age.
If entitlements can be arbitrarily withdrawn from citizens aged under 26 and the elderly, then surely entitlements can be withdrawn from citizens who clearly didn’t perform in their duties and who do not deserve ongoing reward for their incompetence?
The Budget further consolidates the two-tier society prevalent in Ireland. Taking real action to spread the hardship to those responsible for the country’s mess will be a small but important step in giving citizens hope of a fair and brighter future. – Yours, etc,
Sir, – I was disappointed that there was no mention in the Budget of any intention to accrue savings by dispensing with certain “special advisers”. After all, in a recent referendum, the people have decided that 60 special advisers are to be retained in Seanad Éireann, with the Taoiseach being empowered to select 11 of them. Surely that should be enough advisers for any government? – Yours, etc,
Sir, – Like hundreds of thousands of other recent emigrants, it is with mounting disillusionment that I digest another so-called austerity budget.
Surely the collective talents of our young people could be engaged to visualise and lay the foundations for alternative outcomes of social justice, sustainable development and ultimately prevent such an economic collapse befalling the country in the future?
Instead, in striving to attain short-term savings from ambiguous unemployment figures distorted by a clear policy to export the brightest and creative young people graduating from higher education, we are left with a generation of politicians who collectively acted as cheerleaders for tiger-era policies who are now are expected to chart a course for recovery.
The evidence of Budget 2014 and the policies pursued over the past six years does not inspire hope in those of us living overseas and those young people who will be making similar journeys over the coming years. – Yours, etc,
Shining Life Children’s
Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Sir, – Those of us who were deluded enough to think that the Labour Party had something to do with “socialism” now know that it’s the other labour that’s intended: pain, pain, pain! Except, of course, for the elite. – Yours, etc,
Donore Avenue, Dublin 8.
Sir, – We have the learned, the great and the good all over the media today (October 16th) complaining about the “austerity” of the latest Budget and the damage it is doing to “the vulnerable”.
We have just had a campaign to get rid of an elitist Seanad because it is unaffordable in a country that has been bankrupt by the decisions of some of its most privileged citizens.
Prominent among the complainants about the severity of the Budget are politicians, members of media and academia who, not alone campaigned to retain the unrepresentative and unaffordable Seanad, but also, during Celtic tiger years, participated in, or supported, the making of decisions which eventually bankrupted the country.