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April 25, 2012

The Cedar Lounge Revolution

There’s a fascinating piece in the Sunday Business Post by Niamh Connolly which lays bare the thinking about water charges by some in the Labour Party, and it perhaps illustrates a gulf between their conception of reality and actual reality. Connolly notes that:

Labour TDs have reacted angrily to the handling of the water charges issue last week and will call on minister Pat Rabbitte to ensure that those unable to pay will not have their water turned off.
Labour deputies privately believe that Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan should have worked out a better strategy for communicating information about the new water charges regime.

But this seems to me to be an error on their part. It’s a shoot the messenger approach writ large. Of course Hogan misplayed this, but it’s not the misplaying that drives public antagonism to the charges as much as the charges themselves.

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