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Carbon tax more about profit than environment

De Facto

De Facto
Liamy MacNally

The high-moral-ground party is at it again. The Government is all uppity-uppity with their plans for a carbon-tax increase. Once again it’s Joe Public and family who have to pay for the folly of the rich and richer. Fine Gael and their cohorts will do their best to keep a straight face with their plans for another tax increase. And where will the money go?
For those of us who live in rural Ireland it’s the same old story. More taxes from those who pass their days in D2 – desktop thinking. Government mandarins will not be as affected by carbon-tax increases because they can avail of taxpayer-subsidised public transport, be it Dublin Bus, the Luas or the Dart. Down west it is a different story, but who cares?
Government intentions reflect what they did with the property tax. In opposition, their then leader Enda Kenny questioned the morality of introducing a property tax. When in power he toed the line and introduced it. In Ireland you are taxed simply for being a homeowner, regardless of the 40 percent-plus tax you paid when building your home.  
Other countries with property taxes provide services, for example, water in, water out (sewage) and refuse collections. Here, no services are provided. And to ensure payment and compliance, Revenue is charged with its collection. Scare tactics at their best. It is typical government bullying – frightening people into paying unjust taxes.
Go back to the bank bailout and the scenario is even worse. The bank debt was made a sovereign debt so we all pay for the mistakes of the rich and richer. You couldn’t make it up.
And all the time the Fine Gaelers try to keep straight faces. Those who challenge them are made out to be somewhat subversive. Some of us think their loading of future generations with tax debt borders on treason. But we cannot call it that because it’s one law for the rich and richer and another for those who keep that ilk in their political hammocks.
The current government crop will soon start to make Boris Johnson look good. Poor Boris is tripping over his hubris, wrapped up in his ego and strangled by his strange stupidity. He is falling over his incompetence. This ball of blonde on blonde is bouncing his way to bedlam on bedlam.
And then there’s Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Leader of the House of Commons. The 50 year old, going on 500, is more hedge than hedge fund. The lounge lizard is so sure of himself and his place in the universe that if there were a vacancy in the Trinity he’d be first to apply. The kingpins of jockstrap politics are typical of a monumental disconnect between politicians and the people they were elected to serve.
What’s also sad about Irish politics is the position adopted by Fianna Fáil. Their claim that they are supporting the Government until Brexit is over rings hollow. Brexit will end up like political dandruff – under apparent control but you can never get rid of it.
The two main parties should do the decent thing and merge or at least form a national (unity) government. There is only a shade of grey between them. If they really believe they can serve the citizens of the country that is what is required. Party politics is no longer essential the way it is being played out in this country. It is only political tiddlywinks, but it suits both sides because their salaries and expenses keep rolling in.
Sinn Féin, meanwhile, is now a sometime abstentionist party – at least in Stormont and London. Their one-time abstentionist policy is now part of history. They sit in Dublin, tiptoe in Stormont but are afraid of London. Their London seats could solve Brexit if they had the resolve, but hey, it’s politics! Irish style!
No one is interested in the right thing to do. It has all to do with the survival of party interests. Serving the people is not even close to the top of any political agenda so let’s increase the carbon tax, Dougal style! Government is fast becoming bigger profiteers than big business. That’s shameful.