Let's say for the sake of argument that my local shop sends me a box of groceries every week.
That box contains all my needs – meat, vegetables, fruit, bread and assorted tins and jars.
They charge me €100 for the box.
They have been doing that for years and I haven't had a major cause for argument.
Now they announce that they are going to charge me €50 separately for the meat, but the remaining box of groceries will remain at €100.
Now I have cause for complaint. They consider this is fair as meat is an expensive item. I don't argue with that, but I maintain that if they are charging me separately for meat then the cost of the rest of the box should drop by the same amount as it no longer contains meat. Fair enough?
Let's enter the real world.
I have been paying taxes all my life. Those taxes cover a multitude, a minute portion of which are essential services such as street lighting, road repairs and providing me with water. Now they want to charge me separately for water, but they are not reducing my taxes which, as I argue above, no longer have to cover my water supply.
I consider that to be a rip-off. In fact I consider it to be extortion with menaces.
They say my cost will be €278 per year. How do I know they will not [“unavoidably”] increase that to €1278 next year?
How do I know that they will not sell out to some Chinese conglomerate who will charge me €2278 per year?
And apart from any potential increases, why the fuck should I pay €278 a year for water that is fit only for flushing the jax and washing dishes?
They can fuck off.