The squeezed middle can't take any more, Mr Noonan
IF you thought we were nearing the end of austerity, then think again. Talk from ministers of tax cuts in the next Budget may have fooled some into thinking that the State's assault on household incomes is easing.
But the revelations this week that the cost of coal and peat briquettes has gone up due to a second rise in carbon tax should disabuse consumers of the notion that the squeeze on incomes is tapering off.
And that is even before we get billed for water. That new charge will apply from October, with bills due to be paid by January.