Thursday 19 October 2017

Deirdre Conroy: The people have spoken and it's time for a woman to lead us into a bright new future

'Borgen' star Sidse Babett Knudsen
'Borgen' star Sidse Babett Knudsen
Deirdre Conroy

Deirdre Conroy

You might have heard the name of the TV series 'Borgen' being dropped recently. I haven't seen it myself, but it is set in Denmark and is about a female prime minister governing the country with nine separate and diverse political parties. There are few similarities between Scandinavian culture and ours - despite the regular suggestions we should copy their health and welfare services. I'd like to see the Anti Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit (AAA-PBP) encourage our unemployed to forfeit €1,500 of their assets to claim benefits, as they must do in Denmark.

Although I do share the AAA-PBP's frustration about the unseemly haste in which water meters were installed outside every house in the country, what I don't understand is the focus on water charges instead of the property tax, which is an outrageous imposition on the unemployed and elderly.

Just because your home has a market value and you have spent your entire income on repayments, does not mean you can afford to pay any more tax. The pressure on elderly people in the suburbs to pay this tax is obscene.

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