Saturday 25 February 2017

Judging by the taxes on the 'squeezed middle' you'd think nobody in power wants fairness - and you would be right

Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

Cartoonist: Ken Lee
Cartoonist: Ken Lee

Wanted: a politician to champion middle Ireland. The 'squeezed middle', if you want to use that term; ordinary workers in cities, towns and villages who hit the top rate of tax at €34,000; who paid their water charges because it was the law of the land to do so; and who don't have a medical card or benefit from the other services (quite rightly) provided by the State.

Because, currently, no one is speaking for those people in political life. The lack of reaction from the political parties to last week's report from the Irish Tax Institute is evidence of this.

That report, in one fell swoop, decimated what has become the largely undisputed political narrative of recent years.

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