TiSA Trade in Services Agreement

The Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) is a proposed treaty between 23 Parties, including the EU and the United States. TiSA is to liberalise (i.e. privatise!) the worldwide trade of services such as banking, health care and transport. Currently most public services in the US are private, e.g. local police, prisons, education etc. TiSA will … Continue reading “TiSA Trade in Services Agreement”

CETA Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is similar to TTIP but is between Canada and the EU. The agreement is waiting for final approval by the Council of the European Union and the EU Parliament. Whether approval by all EU member states is needed is disputed, so is whether we citizens have any say. … Continue reading “CETA Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement”

TTIP Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is an agreement between the EU and the United States; similar to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  Taken together these ‘agreements’ ensure US control over world trade, ignoring other interested parties such as Russia and China and even the World Trade Organisation … Continue reading “TTIP Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership”

Do we feel saved?

The Troika ‘bailout’ programme ended on the 15th December, we are advised that we are emerging successfully from the economic crisis and are ready to re-enter ‘the markets’. Imagine a problem gambler being promised that once they have paid their losses they will be allowed straight back into the bookies office – that they should … Continue reading “Do we feel saved?”

A MODEST PROPOSAL – Jonathan Swift

Published in 1729, learn about this work of satire on Wiki. For preventing the children of poor people in Ireland, from being a burden on their parents or country, and for making them beneficial to the publick. by Dr. Jonathan Swift It is a melancholy object to those, who walk through this great town, or travel … Continue reading “A MODEST PROPOSAL – Jonathan Swift”

Someone has said that we need to fight for socialism?

In our opinion, neither ‘Socialism’, nor any other ‘ism’, can be the basis for building a united democratic movement of the people. It is good that we all have our own policy preferences … but democracy requires us to accept that it is the right of the citizens to determine the policy of our state. … Continue reading “Someone has said that we need to fight for socialism?”

Politics with a Perspective for Empowerment

A new Facebook page dealing with Politics in Cork has opened. I hope this page will encourage debate to on how the people can address the most serious problem in our society, the need for Empowerment of the Citizens. We are too frequently dragged into different ‘single issue’ campaigns, a sort of fire fighting approach, … Continue reading “Politics with a Perspective for Empowerment”

Our State is Constituted as Democratic

Ireland IS a democracy, that is what the people constituted with the enactment of Bunreacht na hÉireann in 1937. Our state is the result of centuries of struggle by the people for democracy and independence – even though it hasn’t been yet fully realised. However, our democratic rights have been usurped. Every since our Bunreacht … Continue reading “Our State is Constituted as Democratic”

Yes, we need to do something!

But, we must know what we are doing, and know something about what alternative there is – otherwise we just exchange Punch for Judy. I don’t believe that the Gov’t care one bit how much we protest, and they like it all the more when we appeal to THEM – it puts them in the … Continue reading “Yes, we need to do something!”

Political ‘Reform’ raises it’s Ugly head – to Deceive us!

In the Irish Times today Fintan O’Toole comments on the Governments reform proposals, describing them as “feeble”, but he is just adding more of the same meaningless proposals. Our comment on O’Toole’s article is republished here: Mr. O’Toole is correct that there is a huge demand for real reform and that the Gov’t is not … Continue reading “Political ‘Reform’ raises it’s Ugly head – to Deceive us!”