Yesterday, our president Michael D [AKA The Hobbit] signed the Irish Water Services Bill into law.
I will be quite frank and honest when I say I haven't a clue what the detail of the Water Services Bill contains, nor do I know its ramifications for me. I do know however that it is a bad law.
In my book there are two basic types of law. There are the good laws that are there to protect me from the actions of others. I am not too fond of being murdered and therefore I wholeheartedly endorse a law that prevents others from bringing about my demise. Likewise I am quite happy with any law that protects me and my property from injury or theft by others.
Then there are the bad laws. These are the laws that compel me to do something. As the law is supposedly a form of protection and those laws do the opposite, they are by definition bad laws. There are some laws that compel people to do something for the common good but these are the exceptions.
Irish Water is a process to convert an essential resource into a commodity. Up until now water has been provided by our local councils which in turn are funded by taxation. By my understanding, the Irish Water Bill provides for the legal establishment of a single entity [a private company] which will control the entire water system throughout the country. Now a company is a commodity that can be bought and sold, and sold it will be, to the highest bidder.
To date they have spent somewhere in the region of a billion setting the company up. Furthermore they intend borrowing vast sums in the near future to upgrade the entire water system. It has been calculated that to merely break even, Irish Water will have to charge every household in the country a minimum of €1,000 per annum, yet they claim they are going to charge me a mere €130. How does this work? Simple! Set a stupidly low figure as a honey-pot to draw people into signing up for the scam, before lamming the annual charge up through the roof. And we have to pay whatever this private company demands because it's the law.
Can anyone tell me why I shouldn't consider that a bad law?
Can anyone give me one good reason why I should obey it?