Politicians must share the blame
Politicians like to urge citizens to "pull together" as the means of extricating ourselves from our dreadful economic situation. But do they understand that they themselves must provide the context in which we can pull together?
High on the list of citizens' aspirations and expectations is the need to be persuaded of efficiency and equity in the system of government. The affair of the pensioners' tax arrears does nothing for this cause.
The Department of Social Protection sent records relating to 560,000 pensioners to the Revenue Commissioners. The Revenue then sent demands for payment of income tax arrears to 115,000 people. These were persons in receipt of a private pension or other income in addition to the state pension.