Politicians of the main parties — including Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin — were quick to jump on the “green bandwagon”, even before the full results of the recent elections became known, by intimating that voters had unanimously signalled that they wanted carbon taxes raised and other green initiatives implemented asap.
If the smart pundits care to calculate, the Green Party got around 9% of the vote, which does not give any Government a mandate to pander to the verbosity of Eamon Ryan and his ilk, by squeezing those of us who can ill afford to pay the cost of saving the planet from our own limited resources, while trying to stay warm during our miserably cold and damp Irish winters.
Less than one-in-10 of the recently elected politicians belong to the Green Party. To allow this minority to determine major government policies that they want adopted is hardly a conclusive democratic mandate, in my opinion.
Then Ibec joins the green chorus, demanding that the so-called carbon taxes must be raised exponentially by 2030, which would surely push many hard-pressed elderly people well into fuel poverty (and might even become a negative life-changing situation for some.) It may be time for those of us who feel threatened by the demands of the vocal Green minority to consider investing in some yellow vests (gilet jaunes), as long as the Green tail continues to wag the political dog!
This reader's opinion was originally published in the letters page of the Irish Examiner print edition on 31 May 2019.