I see there are yet more charges being introduced today.
Yup. You read that correctly. Half a fucking grand to put out that chip pan fire or that smoking chimney.
At the moment this only applies to Dublin but how long will it be before other councils realise that there is another fat cash cow out there?
This charge raises all sorts of questions though.
For a start, if I were a councillor I would send out a discreet memo to all my brigades ordering them to fill the water tenders with good old fashioned petrol. After all, we are constantly being told of water shortages, and anyway at the best part of €500 an hour, we wouldn’t want them to put the fire out too quickly, now would we?
They claim the costs can easily be reclaimed through insurance, but what happens if the householder doesn’t have insurance? There are one hell of a lot of people who don’t have it, either because of the cost or no company will insure them. Of course even if you are insured, you’ll still pay as the insurance companies are just going to increase premiums to cover the extra claims.
So supposing your house goes on fire, and you have no insurance? The brigade arrives and happily spends a few hours putting the fire out. You then inform them that you are broke and can’t possibly pay the couple of grand they are demanding. What are the brigade to do then? Their only recourse to to reignite the blaze and leave the poor householder to it.
Of course with the way house prices have gone in the last couple of years, it would be a lot cheaper to just let the house burn.