Labour Party alone will defeat crony capitalism

You don’t need me to tell you that fear and uncertainty stalk the land.

The recession is dealing a body blow to the labour force. Jobs are being lost at the rate of a thousand per day.

Long queues have formed outside social welfare offices.

Community welfare officers struggle to cope with the needs of an ever expanding client base. A client base of people who studied hard, who trained hard, who worked hard. And who paid their taxes in a diligent and timely fashion. Yes, paid their taxes without resorting to scams or schemes like our home-grown “Masters of the Universe” whose venality, dodgy dealing, incompetence and ‘crony capitalism’ have brought us to where we are today.

And guess who has now come out against crony capitalism?

A certain “Brian Lenihan” was railing against crony capitalism in the Financial Times last week. Could this possibly be the same “Brian Lenihan” whose party has elevated cronyism to an art form? For God’s sake, Brian: Fianna Fail, invented cronyism. You know of no other way. It is your life-blood.

With Fianna Fail you are either in the tent or outside the tent. You can try and fool the FT but you can’t fool the people, Brian.

Just because the Galway tent has been given the Biffo Boot doesn’t mean you have changed your ways.

For as long as FF control the corridors of power, we can never put an end to crony capitalism.

But put an end to it we will! It is the Labour Party, and the Labour party alone that will defeat crony capitalism.

Delegates, I ask you to support this motion which outlines positive, proactive strategies for improving access to employment supports, education and further training. The Labour Party stands for equality of opportunity and not “jobs for the boys”; the Labour Party stands for equality of outcome, and not a system that confines whole groups of young people to McJobs; the Labour Party stands for programmes that work in favour of the collective good, and not a system that seeks to pit workers in the private and public sectors against each other.