For those of us who believe the current governments policies (tax and cut) are wrong and counter-productive, the only "weapon" we have is our consumer spending power , and if enough people could be persuaded to take part in some kind of national spending strike, would that stall out the economy to the extent that it would force the government to call an election ?
What I mean is some kind of non-essential spending strike, to try and make things worse now in order to make things better in the long run. The objective would be to try and convince people to postpone spending / hiring / etc until we have an election, and then release that money / jobs into the economy once we have a new government with a mandate.
It goes to the heart of what type of recovery we want ? A Fianna Fail / Green "recovery" which would be a balanceing of the budget on paper and a reduction of the deficit, but which leaves the people of the country in serious poverty, with penal rate taxes and slashed public services. Or a genuine recovery where a stimulus package leads to higher consumer confidence leads to more sales, new jobs, and a rising tax revenue as a result of more economic activity.
What do you think of the idea of a national spending strike to try and bring matters to a head and force an election ? Would it work ? If organisations like the ESRI, OECD etc said an election should be called as the only way to save the economy would the government have no option but to call one as their patriotic duty ?