I made the mistake of watching The Frontline last night.
Naturally my blood pressure climbed way beyond the danger level.
The topic was the proposed new property tax which is going to be loaded on us come the next budget in December.
There are so many things wrong with this tax that I really don’t know where to start.
First of all, they keep bleating that the tax is being demanded by The Troika [aka those cunts in Brussels]. If so then they can fuck off. Brussels has no right whatsoever to demand any specific tax. There is an argument that because they lent us money [to pay themselves back their bad gambling debts] that they have a right to moan about our balance sheet but that is as far as it goes. They have no right whatsoever to demand anything specific.
Then there is the question of where the money is going. They claim it is exclusively to pay for the local council. If so, what exactly am I paying for?
Water? The local water supply is frequently undrinkable because of the fucking chemicals they put in it. The smell would make you retch as it comes out of the tap. Anyway we are about to be hammered with water metering, so that’s not it.
Roads? Hah! They come around every so often and fuck a couple of spades of chippings into the potholes, which is promptly washed out again within days. Proper road maintenance is non-existent.
Rubbish collection? Done by a private firm for which I pay.
Street lighting? This is the middle of the fucking countryside. We have one street light which I would be quite happy to see removed. I don’t know why they put it there in the first place.
Street cleaning? Mwaaaahahahahaha! Yes. Right. I think I have twice seen a street sweeping lorry pass by in the last ten years.
Verge maintenance? I do that myself, as do my neighbours. They can fuck off on that count.
Playgrounds and public parks? Where?
Library service? I have stopped using the local library for various reasons, but I would be quite willing to pay a membership fee as it’s an excellent facility.
Councillors’ expenses, trips abroad and other fancy junkets? Yup. That’s what I’m paying anything up to a thousand yoyos for.
And how are they going to assess the value of my property? My house is unique in that there are no similar properties in the locality or anywhere else for that matter. A local house was “valued” by estate agents [who presumably are professional valuers?]. It is still on the market a year later at a lot less than their original “value”. So much for professional valuation?
A member of the Frontline audience quoted Thomas Jefferson last night.
"When injustice becomes law then resistance becomes duty"
By God am I going to do my duty!