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By Jacob Richards
Labour may like to suggest they have the interests of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of society at heart but in reality it appears their policies are more akin to something we would see put forward by the British Conservative Party. In fact much of Labour’s accompanying rhetoric suggests the party is quite content to embrace Tory values.
Let us consider the measures introduced in last weeks’ budget and targeted at young people under the age of 26. In the case of Jobseekers between the age of 22 and 26 the government introduced a flat cut of €44. This means that for those aged between 18 and 24 jobseekers payments will now amount to just €100 a week while those aged 25 will now receive €144. These cuts are cruel and unnecessary in themselves but worse still, they have been accompanied by the most condescending and arrogant rhetoric of government ministers towards young people. Labour in particular have been exceptionally bad offenders. During Leaders Questions last week, the Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore proclaimed, “the best place for any young person is not permanently in front of a flat screen television. It is at work or in education and training.”
In light of the introduction this week of the Cannabis Regulation Bill 2013, Tara from Malahide discusses the advantages of legalising cannabis use.
Liberty: People deserve the right to decide whether they should use marijuana or not. The government should not decide for them. Marijuana is safer to use than tobacco and alcohol, and it is also less addictive than either. Ultimately, it should be up to the individual whether or not they should use marijuana.
The annual pantomime that is the Budget has yet again protected the rich and targeted the vulnerable. The budget announced today has scapegoated the underprivilleged, the unemployed, young people, old people and the sick. As tax payers money continues to support the vampire banks, our public services are being undermined and run into the ground.
The latest statistics on Irish emigration, published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), show an increase in emigration with over 243 people leaving the country every day. No matter how much spin the right wing media attempt to put on these figures they cannot be explained away as a shift in the lifestyle decisions of young Irish people, they represent an economic and social crisis.