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War on poor 'spells end for Labour Party'.

LABOUR would do well to listen carefully to its very own Tommy Broughan.

The outspoken TD has warned the party will be signing its own death warrant if it continues to take part in what he called a war on the poor.

He hit out as Labour allowed the budget to inflict cuts on the poorest and most vulnerable people in society - cuts that included a reduction in child benefit, back-to-school allowances, pensioner fuel payments and jobseeker allowances.

Then, to add insult to injury, after being told by Taoiseach Enda Kenny that we all have to share the pain, our sister paper the Irish Daily Mirror revealed how pampered civil servants will still receive more than EUR80million in pay rises during 2012.

The pitfalls of being a junior partner in a coalition government are well-known - just ask the Greens who stood on the sidelines while Fianna Fail walked the country into a financial black hole.

The public didn't forget the failure of John Gormley and his spineless colleagues to safeguard the interests of ordinary workers. Even when they had several opportunities to pull the plug and hold Brian Cowen and his cronies to account, the Greens failed to act.

And when the public had a chance to flex their muscles at the ballot box it sent a clear resounding message by booting the Greens into a political wasteland.

Now Labour should bear in mind that many people voted for the party in the belief that it would represent the interests of the marginalised and needy.

But, going by announcements on December 5, the party merely rubber-stamped a Budget that. it seems, will again let the rich and powerful escape scot free.

Mr Broughan has said he is sickened at the role Labour played in the austerity.

He fears ordinary people will never forgive or forget and has warned it will be death by a thousand cuts for the party.

We can only hope that we will not have all been bled dry before Labour starts doing what is right and fights for ordinary families struggling to make ends meet.
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Title Annotation:Editorial; Opinion, Leading articles
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 11, 2011
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