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"They'll just ignore our vote anyway" - Press Statement:

category ireland / britain | miscellaneous | opinion / analysis author Tuesday May 22, 2012 16:50author by Costas - 1 of Anarkismo Editorial Groupauthor email conakos at yahoo dot com Report this post to the editors

Anarchist organisation, Workers Solidarity Movement (WSM), has claimed that voting in the Fiscal Compact Treaty referendum “will not make one whit of difference”.

“The pro-side are calling it a Stability Treaty but if it’s passed does anyone seriously think that we are going to get financial stability?”, asked Gregor Kerr, WSM PRO. “On the other hand the anti-side are calling it an Austerity Treaty, but everyone knows that even if we vote no the austerity agenda will continue.”

“If the government, the troika and the markets don’t get the result they want, they’ll just ignore our vote anyway,” Mr. Kerr continued. “But huge numbers of people have already delivered a verdict on the austerity agenda. By refusing to register for or pay the household tax, approximately a million households have said No to the idea that ordinary people should have to pay the gambling debts of international financiers and developers. Large numbers of people have realised that the way to resist austerity is through mass organisation. Walking into a ballot box and putting a mark on a piece of paper is going to make no difference whatsoever.”

“The economic and political system is completely broken,” said Mr. Kerr. “Voting in the referendum is not going to fix it. People do have the power to influence political change – but they can only do that by continuing to build real community campaigns such as the campaign against the household tax.”

“The central message that people should remember is that while they can ignore our vote, they cannot ignore our resistance,” Mr. Kerr concluded.

Statement ends

For confirmation/further information please contact Workers Solidarity Movement PRO Gregor Kerr on 086 1501151

Note:- Workers Solidarity Movement (WSM) is an Irish anarchist organisation with branches in Dublin, Corkand Galway and members in several other places around the country. WSM members are actively involved in many community and trade union campaigns, and have been centrally involved in helping to establish the Campaign Against Household And Water Taxes both nationally and locally.

For more information about the WSM visit our website

Read more by the WSM on the Austerity Referendum

author by Mark H - WSMpublication date Thu May 24, 2012 21:24author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Well, we have participated in referenda in the past and probably will again depending on what is on offer and what the circumstances are. This is very much a tactical and not an ideological position. There are some articles on this at our website - see link - and hopefully an audio of the debate will be available early next week.

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