It’s a catch 22. We’re damned if do and we’re damned if we don’t. In weighing up how I’m going to vote I really don’t see the ‘benefits’ in voting either way. What I’m being asked is to choose the lesser of two evils.
The fact of the matter is that decisions taken by this government and the previous government have led us down a road where we dare not turn back. The inability to stand firm and state our case aggressively to the EU has brought us to this point where we must be forced to vote yes out of fear of being cut off from funding and fear of Mr. Noonan threatening us all with ‘tougher budgets’.
We have been led by the nose by a group of people who have lacked the guts and political imagination to develop better and more credible solutions to a problem that is fours years old and which keeps rumbling on. In voting yes we are being asked to become tighter to the EU, an organisation that has shown that it is incapable of focusing deeply and quickly on solving a crisis that they aided. Why on earth should we move ourselves closer to an organisation like that? If anything we should distancing ourselves from the ineptitude and crippling indecision. But then again look who we have sent to represent us.
This government loves to blame the previous government for situation which we are in. Did they inherit it – yes – have they had opportunities to change the direction in which has led us to this point – yes. Time after time opportunities have shown themselves which could have been used as bargaining chips to get something more for our benefit – Bank debt, Greece, growth measures inside the fiscal treaty. This lack of imagination and ability to simply take what we are given says to me that this government has neither the imagination or the will to do things differently than the previous regime. In business the first lesson you hear when you talk to people and network is what the definition of insanity is – doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
But ultimately, because of where we have been put, we must go for where the money is. Voting yes will give us the security that we need…for now. I’ll choose the lesser of two evils.
So when I vote Yes in this referendum it will be with deep scepticism and a heavy heart.
By Kehlan Kirwan, Editor