Last night (12th January) at the Cork launch of the United Left Alliance Cllr Richard Boyd Barrett condemned the Greens for continuing to prop up a failed government. Mr Boyd Barrett, who will be a candidate in the General Election in Dun Laoghaire/ Rathdown, said “Its now clear this government has acted at the behest of bankers and developers. It is quite astonishing that the Greens are prepared to believe that the Taoiseach and Seanie Fitzpatrick had a round of golf and all they discussed was their swing and the weather.

Richard Boyd Barrett (Pictured left)

Its now clear that this awful government has acted only in the interest of bankers and developers. The Greens have gone along with all of this and clearly value being in power above all else. They are clearly afraid to face the electorate because they know they are going to be slaughtered.

The Greens will go the same route as other new parties who believed you could control the representatives of big business and developers. Those of us in People Before Profit and in the ULA will not go down this road. We stand for a new principled approach to politics. We will not coalesce with right wing parties with an agenda of cuts, attacks on the poor and tax for the small people only.

We now have an historic opportunity to build a real movement for change in this country. The ULA has struck a chord with many people throughout the country who want to see real change. The ULA will have a significant number of TDs in the next Dail. We will not be lobby fodder for the big parties.
It is foolhardy of Labour to believe that any real change can come from forming a government with Fine Gael: a party committed to attacking workers and selling off state companies.

We say this to Labour:
Which side are you on? Will you reject the cuts agenda of the right and the IMF and and join with the left in fighting for real change? Will you work for a just solution to the economic crises which makes the rich pay?

If you don’t we pledge to oppose you every time you attack those you claim to represent.

The ULA will be the real opposition to any FG/Labour coalition in the next Dail. We plan to let the new government know we are there. We will use our position in the Dail to launch a radical movement which will seriously change the political landscape”

Contact Richard Boyd Barrett 0867814520