However, since then it has emerged that the young man who posted the comments was in fact a prominent Labour Youth member, and was an administrator on their Facebook page. While the comments could be passed off as juvenile naivety, I believe that the whole debacle provides a deeper and more disturbing insight into the policies of the current Labour Party in Ireland.
These are the comments that were posted on the ULA event page. >>
The young man who posted the comments, Sean Glennon, came out later and said he was not a party member and did not agree with their values, yet if you look at his blog he quite explicitly explains that he is " currently a member of the Irish Labour Party having joined in 2008 at the age of 15." His initial rush to distance himself from the party seems to have been on the direction of the Labour Youth leadership in the hope of damage limitation, and perhaps to portray the comments as some form of hacking incident. Once it became clear that Sean Glennon was indeed a party member, a Labour Youth member informed me that "the person involved was immediately disciplined and removed as an admin on the page." As these pictures show, Sean Glennon is quite a prominent member of Labour Youth, and not someone who is new to political activity.
I believe that the photo in the middle is one that is particularly telling, as the sentiments that were expressed in Glennon's Facebook rant were in fact no more than a bare, unconcealed and unpolished version of Joan Burton's recent viewpoints and policy proposals in relation to the dole being a 'lifestyle choice' . Glennon's comments on the proposed scrapping of the JLC Sunday pay rates also show the level of Labour Party acquiescence to Fine Gael policy, now that they are in government with them.
The complete turn 'right' that the Labour Party has undergone is perhaps best illustrated by the issue of water charges. Pre-election, in their manifesto, the Labour Party were opposed to the introduction of water charges. Yet now that they are in government, we see them implementing the 'household charge', water charges by another name. If one digs deep enough, they will find some interesting election material from Eammon Gilmore on the issue of water charges as this picture shows. During his days in the Worker's Party, Gilmore was encouraging workers not to pay this unjust tax. I wonder what his advice will be now that he is in Government? So, while Sean Glennon's rant on Facebook will be passed off as a juvenile prank, the record of the Labour Party as one that sells out the working class is clear to see, and they should be exposed for this at every opportunity.
Be Moderate? We Only Want The Earth.