IN the wake of a Budget that has 'stuffed ordinary working families and public sector staff' in the lead up to Christmas, Labour general election hopeful in Laois/Offaly John Whelan is urging voters to send out a 'get stuffed' message to Fianna Fail candidates when they come knocking on the door.
Mr Whelan stated, "There is little point in continuing to complain about this Government, hope for things to change or wish for them to go away. We must do something about it and tell them to get stuffed when they come calling in the New Year."
He claimed that Fianna Fail, 'in a most cynical attempt to blame the IMF bank bailout on others' have tried to target those relying on social welfare, young families and public sector workers.
Mr Whelan outlined, "A parade of senior Fianna Fail Ministers desperately tried to pin the need for the bailout on those who have nothing to do with the financial crisis whatsoever. This spin was not harmless but clearly orchestrated and therefore all the more despicable. It also gives some insight to the lengths this failed Government will go just to cling onto power for a few more months.
"FF Chief Whip John Curran, Minister for Social Protection, Eamon O'Cuiv, the Minister for Finance, Brian Lenihan and even the Taoiseach, Brian Cowen himself joined the chorus in a series of well organised media interviews to blatantly claim that the bailout was necessary so as to pay for social welfare and public sector wages into the New Year."
Mr Whelan said the spin was a cheap shot and a pathetic attempt to stuff ordinary working families and public sector staff coming up to Christmas.
"It is only a few weeks ago that the Government was boasting that the country was adequately funded until June 2011. Of course it is the banks again who are strapped for cash, sucking every penny out of the economy and strangling small businesses and retailers as they desperately try to save their own skins.
"All the while the cost of bailing out the corrupt Anglo-Irish bank continues to mount, the latest estimate a staggering €35 billion and the metre is still running. Of course Ireland cannot afford this but Fianna Fail bull on and persist with their failed fiscal and banking policies, which continue to cripple the indigenous business sector and will add thousands more to the dole queues in the new year."
Mr Whelan was also critical of the decision to reduce the minimum wage.
"I have yet to meet one business person who believes that cutting the minimum wage was necessary, a good idea or will be in anyway helpful to them in reducing their cost base or managing to stay afloat. They all point to other prohibitive overheads and costs as impediments to doing business and giving further employment."