Friday 22 September 2017

John Drennan: Paying taxes means citizens call the shots

The coping classes have a right to know how their cash is being spent by the State, writes John Drennan

It is not often that one would wish to find oneself on the same side as a political Rocky Horror Show incorporating such diverse characters as Michael 'the busted builder' Wallace and Richard Boyd Barrett.

But, having recently characterised their position on the household charge as nothing more than an upmarket version of tax evasion, could it actually be the case that their stance is more defensible than we thought?

One of the most curious features of ethics in politics, as practised in Ireland, is that it is very much an in-house affair. By that, we mean that as an issue, it is generally confined to payments to politicians and political parties, the non-payment by politicians of taxes, the tribunal troubles of our politicians and occasional condemnation of the black economy.

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