Thursday, 19 April 2012
How many U-turns does it take to make a hypocrite?
That is the awkward question tormenting Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore after a thundering leaflet from his Democratic Left days emerged denouncing those twin evils — water charges and property taxes.
"How Many Councillors Does It Take To Turn Off The Water Tax?" the 1994 missive demanded to know before helpfully providing the answer that it just took Outraged Eamon and 14 others to sink the tap tax.
And who could argue with Gilmore’s logic that "water charges are another tax on workers on top of PAYE, PRSI and levies".
Indeed, if you substitute Fine Gael for Fianna Fáil this denunciation from Mr Gilmore could easily have come from any of his United Left Alliance/Sinn Féin opponents in the current Dáil: "This year the Fianna Fáil/Labour government is demanding more tax from the PAYE taxpayer. They have imposed residential property tax and now they are making us pay for water."