Monthly Archives: September 2009

Nestle clarification

The Socialist Party received the attached letter from Nestlé complaining about the Socialist Party's use of their copyrighted logo (for which we did not seek their permission) on our poster concerning the issue of workers' rights.

The use of the logo and that of other high profile multinationals to replace the stars on the EU flag was designed to convey our view that the EU is run primarily in the interests of the multinational corporations.

However, as can be seen from the Nestlé letter, they fear that the appearance of their logo conveys the notion that the Socialist Party's No to Lisbon campaign is supported by Nestlé!

The Socialist Party is more than happy to clarify publically to anybody who thinks otherwise from viewing the poster that Nestlé do not support the objectives of the Socialist Party.

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Euroepan Transport Commissioner Interfering in Lisbon Campaign

The intervention of the European Commission into the debate on Lisbon in Ireland has become yet more brazen. The sight of Antonio Tanjani on a whistle-stop tour of the country with Michael O'Leary campaigning for a Yes vote has removed any remaining shred of impartiality. That the European Commission would interfere in the debate in Ireland in this manner is a disgrace. It is a ploy aimed at increasing the pressure on the Irish people to vote Yes.

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How Lisbon pushes militarisation

Many issues have come up so far in the Lisbon debate, some very relevant, some less so. The key issues the Socialist Party have been raising so far are workers rights, public services and miltarisation. Elsewhere Joe Higgins has looked at the issue of workers' rights and public services. Here, he goes into precisely how Lisbon boosts the armaments industry and is another step towards a militarised EU.

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US – 25 million unemployed…

“Job Losses Slow, Signaling Momentum for a Recovery,” is how the New York Times phrased it. The cause of such optimism? Employers destroyed only 247,000 jobs in July. The media headlines touted the official unemployment rate’s drop from 9.5% to 9.4% in July. Again, the real story lay a little deeper.

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Workers’ Rights, Blair Horan & RTE

 

Mr Blair Horan, General Secretary of the Civil and Public Services Union elevated a minor textual error in a quote from the Charter of Fundamental Rights into a slanderous allegation that Joe Higgins MEP ‘falsified’ and ‘forged’ the Charter of Fundamental Rights in order ‘to suit his purpose.’

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