Fair Tax Policy – Motoring Reform

cops and robbersEquitably balancing taxation has been a major concern this summer. Given the massive scope and impact that taxation has in our lives, where is it we begin, especially when much of our contributions support some of the highest civil service pay-packets? Not forgetting either that we are all propping up the most overly represented population in Europe; one in 25,000 in contrast to one in 100,000 elsewhere ?

When listening to comments, the main focus of annoyance appears to stem from Fair Tax Logowhat’s considered ‘unfair’ taxation, with most criticisms aimed squarely at the regressive category. That is a fixed charge or levy, no matter what your circumstances or abilities to pay. We’ve already heard plenty about the USC, Property and Water Charges; that hanus money grab which Continue reading

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Partisan Politics robs us all of real reform.

MiserAs this country crashed laying waste to a massive swathe of peoples futures calls for a new party, to fill the void between the old civil war mindsets and self-seekers, has been persistent to say the least. Certainly a few have started up meantime like the NIP and now we see Independent TD’s, moderately inconspicuous till recently, are now ‘chatting’ as Lucinda still buzzes around the periphery looking for that illusive button of connectivity with the public. But, given our national heartfelt dilemma, what’s the delay about? Surely such intelligent peoples would know what needs doing to unite a country, actions which would have us all feel like citizen’s rather than subordinates. Surely having the local machinery and funding to create such platforms, where’s the apparent drag?

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Taxation is what really defines how ‘just’ our society is.

Fair Tax LogoAhead of the first quarterly National Independent Party conferences to be held Athlone, Martin Critten, takes a look at the groups strive to establish a ‘FAIR TAX POLICY.’

George Harrison of the Beatles knew something wasn’t quite right when he heard the words ‘super-super tax’. In spite of all the good fortune in the sixties, the Beatles had to settle for one shilling in the pound – the bewilderment’s now immortalised in the song ‘Taxman’! In contrast, for every cent earned on a low income, a similar sense of injustice prevails, as very little is left after the essentials are taken care of, the utilities of which become even more costly when Continue reading

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N.I.P. Direction

Green Shoots Political organisations have choices, they can either field candidates which is a highly expensive operation, or they can steer debate from the sidelines; or indeed become big enough to take power and form governments. Yes certainly, we would be delighted to be touching base on all three. Yet as a small, developing organisation we are proud to say the Euro-Critic debate, started from our abilities to become a worryingly annoying boil on the backside of the establishment  this last January Yes, when you are ‘NIPPED’ you will know about it,  and there will be more to come. Continue reading

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Is Ireland prepared for the Constitutional challenges that continued migration will bring?

Banana Skin As St Patrick’s Day celebrations fade, Martin Critten Acting Chairperson of the National Independent Party, asks ‘what now for the future of the Green Jersey’’ . . . Sometimes our good nature can set us up for a fall. It’s like the line from the old Monkey’s hit ‘I’m a believer” which proclaims ‘the more I gave the less I got’! Indeed, a not too dissimilar similar fate awaits Ireland as it moves from a rural economic village (which endeared everyone) towards Continue reading

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Ireland is Dying.

Tree Roots In the beginning a note to all . . Martin Critten, Acting Chairperson. Events since January have been the cause for much introspection and reflection, both personally, as my partner and brother fought against cancer, and likewise with the party that soaked up inordinate amounts of personal time and resource, which has been invisible to many.

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an open letter to all businesses

fundraiser letterDear Shop Owner, Proprietor/Director.

Business people in Ireland know that when cash gets tight, trade is shrinking, and debts are mounting, the first thing to do is re-negotiate with your biggest creditor. Enda Kenny had the perfect chance to do this in 2011, and blew it. It took Shane Ross TD, in the Dail to eventually winkle out that Enda had never even asked for a write down, (as happens in insolvency) given that ‘politically’ we were indeed the ‘good boys’ preventing contagion through-out the core economies of Europe.

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A first week in politics

Dry Dock BoatLooking back at the launch of the National Independent Party’s draft manifesto and the broadening of public debate, Martin Critten, Acting Chairperson and founder, looks back over the reaction . . . It’s been interesting to see recent media, and public perception to a new grass roots party emerging on the political scene. Given that our platform is at drafting stage, there’s been the expected first round of stereotyping and sensationalism to contend with. Are we left wing, right wing, xenophobic, anti-Europe ? The word Marxist couldn’t be tagged, but unsavoury Continue reading

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An introduction to the Citizen’s Charter

Leinster HouseHere we provide a brief insight into the workings of the Party’s ‘Citizens Charter’,  a means of injecting real reform into the heart of the State by re-defining our expectations of politics and politicians. Like all structures built on legions of meaningless words, eventually walls will come tumbling down. Given our economic collapse and growing disillusionment in those we elected to steer Ireland’s fortunes, we took hard look at the kinds of reforms needed to achieve meaningful confidence in politics and government. Indeed, if all this could be laid before the public before we head Continue reading

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Our Vision – ‘Going Forward’.

Inside Dail EireannSince the foundation of the Irish state successive Irish governments have failed to manage the affairs of this country successfully in the interests of Irish citizens leading to a country wracked by poverty, emigration and low standards of living. Many thought we had left this past behind us during the so called “boom” years but this proved to be a false dawn as greed and selfishness destroyed any material gains which had been made by the Irish people leaving us with the current economic and social mess which we possess today. The reasons behind this are not Continue reading

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