Tynan says sale of Bord Gais Energy is act of treason

Rabbitte has gone from Resources Protection to Resources Plunder

The proposed sale of Bord Gais Energy by the government has been described by Workers Party Councillor Ted Tynan as an act of treason.

Cllr. Tynan said the decision was a total capitulation by the Labour Party to Fine Gael’s Thatcherite economic policies and showed that Labour had abandoned any pretence of public ownership of Ireland’s State companies.

“It is interesting”, said Cllr. Tynan  “that Minister Pat Rabbitte, who was during the 1970s a leading member of the Resources Protection Campaign, is now the minister who will deliver Bord Gais Energy into the hands of UK based Centrica, a company with a reputation for regularly hiking energy prices in order to make huge profits.

Councillor Tynan said the government’s claim that some of the money earned from the sale would be used for job creation only added insult to injury.   “Up to now”, he said , “the main form of "job creation" that the coalition has engaged in has been handing over subsidies to gombeen men to take people on such mickey mouse schemes as Job Bridge. These schemes do not create real jobs, but merely massage the unemployment figures to make them look better than they really are”.

He said the decision confirmed the Worker's Party's worst fears in regard to the future of Irish  Water which is owned by Bord Gais. “It can only be a matter of time before the new water company too is privatised and Irish citizens will become "customers" of yet another multinational to buy back natural resources which they themselves own but have been robbed of  by the treachery of the present government". said Cllr. Tynan.
Issued 13th December 2013

Peace, Work, Democracy & Class Politics