Vindicate your right to a fairer society on Friday, 26th February 2016 - vote for change

Right2Change is not a political party. It is not running candidates in the general election and it does not support any political party or politician. It operates in reverse. Candidates in the general election will be supporting the Right2Change policies and we will be informing the public which candidate in their constituency supports a Right2Water, a Right2Education, a Right2Housing, a Right2Jobs and Decent Work and a Right2Health.

There is a very large democratic deficit that exists within Ireland, intensified by a media that says there is no alternative to the austerity agenda and the established political parties that have dominated government since independence. Those parties in government have left a legacy for all of us. We are now at the wrong end of the EU tables on all of the important areas: unemployment, underemployment, child poverty, food poverty, fuel poverty, excess winter mortality, homelessness, hospital waiting times, patients on trolleys, corruption, suicide, and the list goes on and on.

But there is always an alternative and we believe another Ireland is possible!

Right2Change is about closing the democratic deficit, upholding transparency and promoting a different vision for Ireland – one that’s not based on cronyism, corruption, speculation or greed and is instead based on the principles of equality, democracy and social justice.

While the mainstream media will focus on personalities and hyperbole about political parties – in many cases dumbing down politics, confusing the electorate and holding economics aloft saying, “you cannot participate in this, it’s too complicated for you,” Right2Change will focus on policies and principles and encouraging political representatives to work together for the betterment of all citizens.

The Right2Change policy platform was developed through a democratic consultation process facilitated by the Right2Water Trade Unions, involving community activists, political representatives, trade unionists and civil society groups. The policies identified and developed are published later in this newspaper but the concept is simple. It’s about a new vision for Ireland. We believe the people of Ireland deserve better. They are entitled to a country that genuinely cherishes all of the children of the nation equally. A Republic that does not kowtow to multinationals and wealthy oligarchs. One that has confidence in its people and acts in their best interest – at all times. A government that prosecutes corruption and encourages democratic participation.

For too long politics in Ireland has been a choice between tweedledum and tweedledee. Now, for the first time in the history of our country, we have the opportunity to vote for real change – and the only thing that can defeat us is fear or intolerance.

No doubt you will have heard the spin about “stability.” The focus groups funded by the main political parties have figured out that repeating the words “recovery” and stability” as many times as possible will get them re-elected. It’s insulting to any of the 1,571 children who spent last Christmas in emergency accommodation that their situation is considered stability by politicians in Leinster House. Try telling the 73 families losing their homes every month or the 78 year old waiting 48 hours on a hospital trolley to enjoy the “recovery”.

The reality is this. In order for the optics of a recovery to appear, sacrifices must be made. It costs money to run a country, to pay teachers and nurses, build roads and have decent public services. If the wealthy don’t contribute, somebody else must. If the corporations don’t pay their fair share, then we all must carry an even larger can. When both the wealthy and the corporations don’t pull their weight, it means someone, somewhere is suffering – and they are the people being sacrificed by this and previous governments. The question this election then is – will we elect candidates who are willing to sacrifice some of the most vulnerable in our society or have you the confidence to vote for change?

Exactly 100 years ago men and women on this island were preparing to battle one of the most powerful nations on earth in order to establish a sovereign Republic. They knew they would probably lose their lives, but they were prepared to make that sacrifice for all of us. We don’t have to face those terrifying consequences and we don’t even have to pick up arms. We simply have to write a number on a piece of paper and vote for individuals and parties that have committed to working together to achieve the egalitarian Republic we all deserve and are entitled to.

Reject fear. Vote Right2Change.

Find your local candidates supporting Right2Change here.