Saturday 18 November 2017

Far more clarity is needed on TDs' expenses

Deputies of the Dail's far-left parties say that they will not pay the household charge and have urged defaulters to continue to refuse to pay. They have stepped up their campaign by denouncing as "bullying" the despatch of reminders to householders who have not yet paid.

These are events that at one time would have been filed away under the "could only happen in Ireland" heading: the spectacle of people who call themselves socialists opposing the introduction of a property tax and, pending that, the imposition of a charge of €100.

But the campaign has serious aspects and implications. Members of the Dail are breaking the law by refusing to pay a tax. Furthermore, they are encouraging members of the public to do likewise: to engage in an act of civil disobedience.

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