Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week April 9, 2017Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
What’s this, Colm McCarthy, the man who has never seen a problem to which privatising public assets was not the answer, a convert to the value of public ownership?
The decision to establish a single national utility to run the water industry should have been taken at least 30 years ago. The emerging problems were clear and the precedent (national utilities directed by engineers rather than local politicians) had already been employed for electricity, gas and telecoms. The decision to establish Irish Water as a State company was always the obvious solution. The mystery is not the decision taken but the extraordinary delay in taking it.
The leopard has not really changed its sport. Having repeated the myth that urban dwellers have never contributed to the cost of water services, we get this
Back in the real world, the Government, or the next one, whatever its composition, will face a long list of hurdles in economic and social policy, of which water is a minor component. These are to be met through passive harvesting of the (guaranteed, sound as a bell) tax revenues to flow from the expansion in economic activity presumed to be inevitable. There is instead Brexit, an incipient public pay explosion, faltering control on public expenditure and a renewed house price bubble. And “free” water.
The only thing missing from the list is the trade unions.
A bland week otherwise.