Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ireland's new poll tax


It's not really called a poll tax, it's called a 'household charge'. Of course, even that is a bit of a misnomer as it is to be applied to houses (or dwellings) rather than households. Because it is flat rate, someone living in a studio apartment in the mid-lands will pay the same as someone living in a mansion in Dublin 4. Of course, hard cases aren't the real point. The real point is that the charge is unjust because it takes no account of ability to pay and treats all properties the same irrespective of value.

There has been some talk of a boycott in relation to this. But will people boycott it? They are angry about it now, but there is a tendency in Ireland for folk to grumble and then do nothing. That's why there hasn't been riots as in other countries. That's why the architects of the financial mess aren't in jail. So my suspicion is that after a lot of blowing and puffing, people will pay. But perhaps I'm wrong. Perhaps, after all that has gone before, people will finally say 'enough is enough.'

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