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Passive, but not stupid

I have a ‘get out of hell free’ card for our Government on the household charge.

Drop it for this year and allow anyone that has paid get a credit toward the full and fair property tax when it is introduced next year.

The Government’s biggest problem is the injustice of implementing austerity, alongside sending our cash out of the country to vile bankers.

No matter how many times they tell us the swamp of Anglo Irish Bank is a scented Jacuzzi in a health spa, we are never going to believe it.

We are excessively passive and slow to anger, but don’t mistake that passivity for stupidity.

Perhaps next year, if the Government can deliver what it promised to do before the election, and obtain some justice in Europe on the crime against the people that was the bank guarantee of 2008, then the people will be able to accept a proportional and fair property tax.

The alternative will be to wage a war of attrition against the more than a million decent Irish people that have decided to make a stand on the €100 charge.

Also, perhaps the Government might agree that after the tax is introduced, we will not be charged if we call an ambulance or the fire brigade, that every person can expect to have their road gritted in winter, and that every home can have access to a group water scheme or group sewage treatment.

If not, then those that do not receive such services should be granted a 50% cut on the property tax.

Taoiseach, it’s time for a little humility, drop this unjust charge now.

Declan Doyle




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