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British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has threatened that a “Leave” vote on 23rd June would lead to a “profound economic shock” for NI, “an inevitable hardening of the border” and a” negative spill over effect in the Republic” All this is part of a “Project Fear” attempt to hoodwink Irish people in Northern Ireland and Britain into voting against their better interests in the upcoming referendum.
Project Fear is a tactic that has been used before. In 1999 there were the threats of job losses and economic ruin if the UK did not abolish the pound sterling and adopt the euro. In 2011 Germany’s Chancellor Merkel claimed that peace in Europe was under threat if Banks were not bailed out to protect the euro-currency.
Most objective studies on the costs and benefits of the UK leaving the EU suggest gains or losses between plus or minus 2% of GDP which in the long term scheme of things is not very much.
by Jamison Maeda
In 1936, auto workers at the General Motors Fisher Body Plant Number One staged the now famous Flint Sit Down Strike. This was a dangerous time to stage a strike in the auto industry. Local politicians were controlled by General Motors, and spies were hired to work undercover in the plants to gather intelligence about anyone attempting to unionize. But on the evening of 30 December, employees stopped work, locked themselves in the plant, and the sit-down strike began.
A few weeks into the strike President Franklin D. Roosevelt urged General Motors to agree to their terms and to recognize the United Auto Workers Union. The Flint Sit Down Strike lasted 44 days and only ended when General Motors agreed to establish of a fair minimum wage scale, and improve working conditions as well as workers’ safety.