There is a lot of talk in the meeja at the moment about the property tax.
Apparently Revenue are about to write to us all giving valuations on our properties and demanding more of our blood.
I heard some female from Revenue being interviewed on the topic yesterday and there was one thing that struck me – the number of times she excused her impending threats with the phrase “it’s the law”.
I have noticed this lately. Not only are Revenue hiding behind this “law” but there are others too. There is a regular advertisement on radio, for example that tells us about how we have to pay our television licences and they end their slot by ominously stating “it’s the law”.
There is something seriously wrong here. The gubmint can literally dream up any little grubby scheme they wish and pass a law about it and we are then expected to comply just because “it’s the law”? They can decide they are entitled to the contents off my bank accounts and I have to just meekly hand them over because “it’s the law”? They can decide that any member of the gubmint can have first pop at our daughters’ virginity and we have to comply because “it’s the law”?
The law should be a system whereby we protect one another from those who would do us harm or damage. It should be there to prevent threats to ourselves or our property. It should not be a system for extorting money with menaces, which is precisely what they are using it for.
So they can fuck off with their “it’s the law”.
It may be their law but it ain’t mine.