Listening to our Tánaiste Gilmore today replying to Leader's Questions I was stunned, once again, by the absolute total disregard he and his comrades have towards the oldest socialist party in Ireland, The Labour Party and their success in bringing it to its knees.
But he is their Leader, I hear you shout! Yes, and what a Leader he is. He has not only reneged on every policy issue of the Labour Party which had been softened up by the first attack by Rabbitte as leader, he blatently stood up in the Dáil Chamber today and laughed off and as usual jeered the speakers for Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil, ULA, etc., as they questioned him about the latest "screw the welfare of children and Mothers policy" of this Government, i.e., Maternity Benefit being fully taxed, the cut in Child Benefit, and of course the Property Tax being now as this Snake in the Grass put it "dealt with by the Revenue Commission" as if the Tax people just suddenly had a whim to take on this property tax and were not instructed by Government to crucify those who do not work because they have been made redundant, are already in negative equity, are sick, are old, or just cannot manage as it is on cutbacks in wages.
Now look at that what I have just written. The last two lines. Every single thing that The Labour Party has fought for for years wiped out in in one fell swoop.
If it was the intent of Gilmore and Rabbitte to destroy Labour, they have completed that mission today.