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Voters have choice between austerity or equality - Kearney

12 April, 2015

Sinn Féin Chairperson Declan Kearney has said voters have a choice between austerity and equality in the coming Westminster general election.

"This election presents voters with a choice between the continuation of failed austerity policies or the progressive politics of Sinn Féin. 

"The Tories have declared that, if re-elected, their plan for reducing the British state’s deficit next time would include an additional £30 billion in cutbacks, £12 billion of which will come from welfare.

"The ramifications of the Tories’ new plans will be catastrophic.

"And a future Labour administration has already been compromised by an acceptance of austerity.

"The Scottish Nationalist Party and Sinn Féin are now the only significant parties in the British state or Ireland giving leadership on anti-austerity politics, and alternative economic and fiscal strategies.

"An unambiguous commitment to equality sets Sinn Féin apart from every other party contesting this election in the North.

"All of the unionist parties, including Alliance, have accepted austerity.

"Ideologically, the DUP and UUP have already bought into the austerity agenda. Their wider electoral pact is a negative, sectarian, and pro-austerity alliance now supported by Cameron’s Tory party. It offers nothing to the unionist working poor, jobless, and most deprived; or indeed any section of northern society. 

"Unionism in this election is a byword for no political vision and bad economics – and a proxy to enable even worse Tory austerity in the North.

"The alternative to the unionist/Tory ‘race to the bottom’ is the type of vision, leadership, and strategy which rejects austerity, supports equality, and is committed to building the alliances across society to bring that about.

"That should be the focus of all genuinely progressive parties and organisations in the coming weeks."

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