In the near future Ireland faces real realities. Between the repayment of further EU loans given due to CV19, current loss of tax intake by the state, outgoing payments to affected people and businesses besides a drastic lower tax intake in the future – and more – there will enviably be knock on effects.
There will likely be an effect on services provided by the state, be it health department or otherwise. Taxes, charges, levies, etc, will likely change and rise to a degree. New as well as current, will be quiet imposed on items. Open and stealth taxes, increasing.
The ‘internet/laptop’ or mobile phone tax is likely to be tried re-introduced as quiet as possible. It hasn’t gone away. FG still speaks of it quietly. Water charge bills for more might likely occur. Again, tried to be done without large announcements so people don’t protest as much and government TDs hope its just accepted more by complacent.
Old-hand politicians will be also keen (desperate) to avoid using the toxic word “Austerity” but realistically they all know that’s going to be imposed. Saying the word “Austerity” is not a vote winner so it will be interesting to watch what new ways of saying it they will come up with.
Whatever new government that comes in, are going to face a public backlash to some degree for all this and more.
This in part, is why some political heads are nervous about being part of the next government. The next official elected “Taoiseach” will be the face of austerity/toxic measures in all but name. This also in part, is why certain political heads are in no rush to be that next Taoiseach – willing to accept a lesser role and only too willing to hand that position to others first. It’s a toxic role, a ‘poisoned chalice’ position as its said. Some party heads will take the top position, in part, if only to ensure Sinn Fein doesn’t gain power.
This is why some top inner FG members and lower ranks fear entering into government. Before CV19 hit, there was already FG talk of preferring to sit the next government out. Thinking was then in the run up to GE2020 that FF would be the next main party in government. Then the SF bump occurred – then CV19 hit.
Recent headlines on news papers stated that FG fear a dramatic loss of seats in a future general election. The hit bring caused by again been seen to be in government, again imposing measures in all but austerity name. Never a vote winner and old-hands know it.
Reality is also that Sinn Fein will likely be part of a future government be it after the next election – or the one after that. The current block to them, is thought to be Mr Martin led in FF – so when he goes, so will that hurdle. Same with FG Leo. Both are desperate to keep SF out of government for as long as possible – or as long as some can get to build up their financial worth and then get the hell out quickly, saying PR words to the effect “Time to hand over to new blood”.
For the rest of the people in Ireland, we all realise that there are tough times ahead. What remains to be seen in part is who will get priority (elected always thinking of their next own election, of course) and that lower to middle class people will likely to be left paying more so that a rich/poor gap widens!
This gap will include TDs and local elected in one of those categories as they quiet continue to accept their own increasing wages. Each increase accepted and not public announced. …As what happened with the recent €8.000+ bump that RTE avoided mentioning as much as possible.
The use of food kitchens will likely quietly increase, The good work of Ken Smollen, assistants and others, will be more required. Housing will tried to be tackled as in PR terms alone, not to be seen reducing those numbers, could be a vote changer and old political hands know it. Their success or failure will come about by what measured they impose and what little money is available.
Schools themselves will continue to feel a financial strain so changes to their methods to keep financial afloat, will not likely change in favour of a parent. A further deemed toxic matter some TD’s would rather quiet shy away from than been seen to try tackle and fail.
Health department matters will likely be very strained at ground work level and at management levels, political and specialist heads will continue to clash. Throw into this mix, the unions, the decent ones, trying to protect their own members – and you have no easy road ahead.
The USA will impose measures to try win USA companies back to its shores. There will be small degrees of success. Trade deals will see the like of chlorinated chickens and other questionable products quietly allowed to seep in. EU countries will again try to take as much of Irelands West coast fish stocks as possible – while quiet reducing more of our sovereign self-ruling rights (the EU loans come with more than just a financial price but RTE again won’t report this) – while the same EU along with again FG/FF permission, will quietly continue to take Ireland money for the new European arms race created via the unconstitutional PESCO agreement that FG/FF/Lab and Greens previously, quietly and without public permission, signed the Ireland nation up to.
Old political hands will bring few real core fundamental changes beyond further PR window-dressing practices.
The above and more are in all our future. What our children will inherit, is up to us now to direct through too much complacency or despite quiet tried suppression methods, up to us now to question and further challenge.
Will some be in the “I’m alright Jack‘ camp or will some betters, help Irelands core people. We decide now, by act or non-act, by silence or speaking, not just our own future – but also our children’s.
I don’t think I have lied anywhere. I will be attacked again online and off, for saying the above – as will others. I accept that’s reality too. It’s a price some of us will pay for even raising above matters. We don’t like it but we’ve accepted that complacency and silence protects no-one.
…Because we love, what else can we do! So, I speak realistically. The caring will read and inform. The ‘I’m alright Jack‘ lot will attack elsewhere (hiding often behind fake names) online! Ireland continuing reality. We accept it or try to direct it. You get to decide today and tomorrow. Every day in fact. What are you going to do?
20 year barman. Re-educated as an I.T. professional, website creator, I.T teacher, digital media management & marketing professional. Studied accountancy, taxation, business management & law. Founder of UnitedPeople political party – click here. Previously the first National Chairman of Direct Democracy Ireland (DDI) & founder of the Louth branch of DDI. Author. Regular contributor to social media. TV & radio guest experiences. Appeared in the Oireachtas & Dublin Highcourts to defend the rights of citizens along with exposing many wrongs. Consistently seeks greater democracy & accountability from all elected levels of Ireland. Currently writing two books, non-fiction “Life Behind Bars” & “Better Tomorrows“.