Just economy, dynamic public services and a real enterprise culture key Sinn Féin aims
Speaking this morning, at the opening of a Sinn Féin party conference on an all-Ireland enterprise and job creation discussion document, General Secretary of the party Mitchell McLaughlin said, Sinn Féin’s “priority is to build a just economy, dynamic public services and a real enterprise culture that can deliver high skilled and high paid jobs.”
Mr. McLaughlin said, “The document before you today introduces Sinn Féin’s vision of the economics of a United Ireland of Equals. Central to this vision is a clear understanding of the kind of economy we want – that is, a strong economy based on equality and social justice. We are committed to rights-based governance and a rights-based economic policy. Our priority is to build a just economy, dynamic public services and a real enterprise culture that can deliver high skilled and high paid jobs. We want to work with others to bring about the realisation of this vision.
“Sinn Féin wants to build a strong, stable all-Ireland economy where everyone can have a dignified and productive working life, a fair income and a good quality of life – an economy characterised by the positive redistribution of resources to eradicate poverty and social exclusion.
Speaking at the conference Sinn Féin Enterprise and Employment spokesperson Arthur Morgan TD said, “We reject many mainstream market orthodoxies, including ‘trickle down’ theory, the theory of supply and demand, the correlation of low taxation and low wages with competitiveness, the belief that inward investment is the panacea for economic problems, and the oversimplified equation of growth with well-being and social progress.
“We argue GDP and GNP alone are not reliable indicators of social and economic advancement and that alternative indicators should be used, that the fairer distribution of wealth and income is a far more effective way of dealing with poverty than the present dependence on economic growth alone, that equality pays for itself in the long-term but it costs up front and that a stable, strong economy and society requires balance between growth and socio-economic rights.”
“In-line with Sinn Féin’s rights-based approach and our reference to the Nordic model for economic success, we argue that a well-developed system of rights to further one’s education, including training and retraining, is the key to future competitiveness and reaching our goal of full employment. Such education and training should not be confined to re-skilling redundant workers but should support a comprehensive strategy for lifelong learning and skills development to enable all workers to achieve their full potential.” ENDS