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April 24, 2012

The Cedar Lounge Revolution

From the Irish Times:

Minister of State for Natural Resources Fergus O’Dowd said this morning people could control their bills for water usage by using less of it. “There were will be a standing charge of €40 every year, then a free allowance, and after that people will be in control of the water they use. The less water you use, the cheaper it will be for you,” he told RTÉ radio.
He said the country’s water infrastructure needed to be improved and that the Government hoped to raise €1.2 billion through the charges.

“The less water you use, the cheaper it will be for you.”

That’s alright then.

Er. No.

The assumptions behind this are telling, aren’t they? It has the same glibness that I recall from a conversation in 1989 when someone (coincidentally another member of Fine Gael) tried to convince me that the UK poll tax was…

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