Stephen Collins: Are you well off and older? Then vote Sinn Féin

Stephen Collins: Are you well off and older? Then vote Sinn Féin

One of the strangest features of politics at present is that young people are flocking to Sinn Féin. Yet, behind the populist sloganeering the party’s policies across a range of areas are clearly hostile to the younger generation and pander instead to the interests of well-off older people.

For instance, climate change is issue of the age and will affect the lives of younger voters in the years to come. But Sinn Féin policy is to oppose carbon taxes, recognised by environmentalists and economists alike as the only way to change behaviour of individuals, corporations and governments sufficiently to protect the planet.

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