I used to be a member of An Taisce.
In fact for a year or two I was actually a committee member.
Those were in the days when An Taisce was our equivalent to the National Trust – a sort of heritage protection group that campaigned for the protection of historical buildings and the like.
So what the blind fuck are a heritage protection group doing demanding parking charges in shopping centres?
A charge of 50 cent an hour for currently free car parking at out-of-town shopping centres could raise more than €16 million a year, with the revenue used to support town centres and local public transport services, according to An Taisce.
It is none of their fucking business.
Is this a symptom of the modern age where we mustn’t be allowed get anything for nothing? Are all these busybody groups searching around just to see what can be taxed even tough it is way outside their remit?
My mind really is boggling at the utter stupidity of this idea. Are they seriously proposing that the charges go to the local councils where it will just be pissed up against the wall? And what’s this crap about hybrid transport? What has that got to do with our heritage? In fact what has any of this got to do with our heritage?
The only reason I can see for this mindless drivel is that they are hoping to step into the vacuum left by the implosion and timely death of our Green Party. I find it hard to believe that an organisation that I was once proud to be a part of can sink to such depths.
The sooner they go the way of the Greens the better.
And I shall be leaving that episode of my past out of my autobiography.