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category national | eu | press release author Saturday May 12, 2012 20:47author by Darcy - Farmers For No Report this post to the editors

What the Germans failed to do with Tanks – they are now doing with Banks – and by God we had better stop them.

“I pay tribute to the ‘Farmers For No’ for coming together and calling for a No Vote…

…Contrary to popular belief and what the government is spouting, the sky won’t fall on our heads if we vote no on May 31st.

We will retain some flexibility and some ability to retain the control over our National finances and to be able to use those finances for the good of all the citizens of the country and not for the good of saving the financial institutions of Europe.”

- Thomas Pringle, TD (Member of Irish parliament)
Image: Rudo de Ruijter (www.courtfool.info)
Image: Rudo de Ruijter (www.courtfool.info)

“I pay tribute to the ‘Farmers For No’ for coming together and calling for a No Vote…

…Contrary to popular belief and what the government is spouting, the sky won’t fall on our heads if we vote no on May 31st.

We will retain some flexibility and some ability to retain the control over our National finances and to be able to use those finances for the good of all the citizens of the country and not for the good of saving the financial institutions of Europe.”

- Thomas Pringle, TD (Member of Irish parliament)

“… And it is our contention that this Referendum should be an ICELANDIC TYPE REFERENDUM on BANK DEBT and that the Irish people in VOTING NO on May 31st – that NO Vote should be a MANDATE for this country to DEFAULT on the BANK DEBT that has forced us into an emergency programme involving the IMF in the first place.”

- James Reynolds, Chairman for FARMERS FOR NO. Press Conference in Dublin 10th May 2012.

The necessity for FARMERS FOR NO is because the main farmers organisations like the IFA and the ICMSA did not discuss or debate this issue, this very important issue that could impact on the future of this country’s freedom, the future of this country’s economy, and impact upon future farm families in this country and throughout Europe, and that this current issue has not.. I agree with Edna Kenny on one issue, this referendum is more important than a general election.. and yet there haven’t been public meetings for the farming community organised by the IFA or ICMSA, where people with a contrary view could put forward the case for a No Vote.

It was a rushed decision, rushed because people in the European Commission and the Agricultural Ministers office pushed the leadership of these two main organisations to come out strongly for a Yes Vote, and with a vague promise in return that they would get some concessions in relation to CAP reform post 2013.

As you’re aware, Simon Coveney takes over the presidency of the agricultural ministers of the EU from January 2013 and the motivation of the main organisations is more motivated by a desire to please the Minister than to actually put forward a proper case and obtain guarantees, cast iron guarantees in relation to the CAP budget post 2013, which is under threat by the ratification of the Fiscal Treaty.

Professor Alan Matthews who is an expert in European agricultural policies put a paper out, it was published in the December 15th edition of the Irish Examiner, in which he stated that a CAP budget is in peril if the Fiscal Compact is ratified, because the €700 Billion firewall fund that’s going to be established – supposedly established, to provide rescue funds for this country, Greece, Spain and other countries is an enormous fund – money is scarce in the EU at the moment, we’re in the middle of a European debt crisis and the CAP budget is worth annually €46 Billion which is a very attractive pot that the EU could dip into for the purposes of funding the ESM.

Also, austerity is killing demand in this country, it is destroying.. and not only do you have austerity in Ireland, you have austerity throughout Europe. We as a small Nation, and the agricultural community, export up to 90% of what we produce in terms of agricultural produce. We need export markets. Austerity is killing – is going to kill our export markets on the continent because if people are hungry, and I think one thing that must be highlighted here – I’ve seen on the News yesterday – we’re supposed to be good Europeans.. there are fellow Europeans, Greek citizens who are hungry and have to go to soup kitchens because of the condition that they’ve been brought to because of the policies of the EU in bailing out bondholders who gambled and instead of taking the loss that they deserved to take expect the Irish and European taxpayers to bail them out.. and the taxpayers of the poorest countries in Europe to bail them out. And I want to say one thing in relation to our case against the Fiscal Compact Treaty.. Because farmers have farm spouses, they have children going to college, many of them are lucky enough to have all-farming employment – So they are part of the wider economy, we are impacted by austerity, we are impacted by the threatened cuts that are going to happen if we ratify this fiscal treaty and there is a flaw – in my opinion a false debate going around centered upon what will happen if we say No on May 31st – In terms of the provision of emergency funding, ESM funding to this country when the current ESF funding which is overseen by the Troika runs out at the end of next year – And it is our contention that this referendum should be an Icelandic type referendum on bank debt and that the Irish people in voting No on May 31st – that No Vote should be a MANDATE for this country to DEFAULT on the BANK DEBT that has forced us into an emergency programme involving the IMF in the first place.

Colm McCarthy wrote on the 18th of March that it was the loading of the bank debt on top of the sovereign debt that pushed us, as he termed it, into the red zone. In other words we would be in a position today to sell Irish government bonds on the financial markets – today – were it not for the fact that the bank debt was loaded onto the sovereign debt.. and why are the Irish people being asked to accept austerity when the bankers, the European banks and the bondholders are not prepared to accept austerity? Why is it a situation where Greece, and rightfully so, got a 50% write-down in their bank debt and we received no write-down on our bank debt – and yet the government and the people on the Yes side are trying to scaremonger the Irish public into a situation where they would be herded like sheep into voting yes for something that is not in their best interest. – James Reynolds, FARMERS FOR NO

Video of Full Press Conference:

‘Farmers for No’ to EU Fiscal Compact Treaty 10-5-2012 (Video by PlanxtySumoud)




Related Link: http://farmersforno.eu/

Caption: Farmers For No Press Conference - Part 1

Caption: Farmers For No Press Conference - Part 2

author by tir Chonaill Abupublication date Mon May 14, 2012 17:25author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Finally an Irish organisation has shown some courage and called for a default. It is telling that this leadership did not come from any political party but from a NGO. Why are all Itish parties so spineless when it comes to standing up to the EU and the ECB? If a default worked in Iceland why is it taboo to even discuss it among the political class in this country.

author by independent mindedpublication date Wed May 16, 2012 15:10author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Farmers for No are on the right track with this referendum. You are not using the same posh and weak party politicans who are afraid to pin their colours to the mast and criticise the EU or the Euro. You are getting independent TDs to speak out on issues that the political parties refuse to let their TDs speak out about. Independent politicians of integrity like Ming (Luke) Flanagan and Thomas Pringle TD have a track record of speaking their minds and not allowing themselves to be muzzled by the party bosses. Ming (Luke) Flanagan TD is a sure vote winner against the EU Treaty, the Euro and the bondholders and you should organise more meetings where his charisma and talents can bring out our citizens to listen to the arguments and defend Ireland's hard won freedom from the undemocratic EU control freaks.

author by first time voterpublication date Thu May 17, 2012 15:15author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Many but not all younger voters would be more inclined to listen to Ming when it comes to this treaty than a establishment politician who follows the party line on issues such as the Fiscal Treaty and Burning the Bondholders. He has a track record of standing up and being counted on issues that are of interest to many younger voters such as decriminalisation of cannabis etc. He is a free thinker and does not blindly follow party orders or the status quo.

As a first time voter I will be following Ming Flanagan's advice and voting no to this Fiscal treaty. Have you clips of Ming speaking at your meeting on the treaty and burning the bondholders? it might be a good idea to put them up on youtube or on this site as he definitely is an impassioned speaker and has the charisma to convince a younger and more critical audience.

author by W. Finnertypublication date Thu May 17, 2012 18:56author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"Money is the creature of law, and the CREATION of the original issue of money should be maintained as the EXCLUSIVE MONOPOLY OF NATIONAL GOVERNMENT."

"Government, possessing the power to create and issue currency and credit as money ... NEED NOT and SHOULD NOT BORROW capital at interest [from the private banking system or their affiliates] ..."

"Democracy (PEOPLE POWER) will rise superior to the money power."

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author by organic Farmerpublication date Sat May 19, 2012 18:59author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I am an Organic Farmer. I am totally opposed to the unsustainable and destructive policies of the CAP. I hope that there is room in this campaign for farmers like me? I totally agree with your brilliant policies of turning this referendum into a plebisite on having a default which has worked so well in Iceland and also your other excellent policy of burning the bondholders and lets also burn their useless euros and their promissory notes as well as any other useless paper that they have.

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