An item caught my eye the other day.
Now I can't understand why the "authorities" are fuming over this. Dame Enda is constantly telling us that the backbone of the country's economy is the indigenous small business so surely he must be delighted? Here we have an example of entrepreneurs seeing a huge demand for a product and they are merely supplying that product at a price that people can afford. I say fair play to those entrepreneurs, they're doing a brilliant job.
The gubmint, far from congratulating them are calling them "organised criminals". I find that rich in the extreme.
Let's look at this so called "crime". Is there anyone being harmed by this smuggling? No. Obviously it's an enterprise that people condone, else it wouldn't exist, so where is the "crime"? Well, the only thing the gubmint loses is their excise duty, so basically they are just furious that they can't rip us off because they have been sidelined.
The gubmint considers it is justified in stealing from the customer an exorbitant and disproportionate tax on a product simply because that gubmint disapproves of that product. They add a massive tax onto that product with no apology and have bragged that they are going to further increase that tax disproportionately. Furthermore that same gubmint adds more and more taxes to their little revenue stream and if we disapprove and refuse to pay, they have given themselves the ability to dip into our pay packets and pensions and take whatever they feel like. They take from me whatever they like and I have no chance to protest? Is that not theft? Is this not mugging under another name? Is this not organised crime on a gargantuan scale?
There are those that will claim that the smugglers provide substandard goods. Maybe so, but that is a matter of quality control and a case of caveat emptor, and has fuck all to do with the gubmint's complaint. They are worried only about their revenue stream and frankly couldn't give a flying fuck about quality except as a bit of propaganda to try to dissuade people from using their competitors.
So here we have a gubmint condemning private enterprise, employing unfair trading practices and libeling their competitors, while at the same time ripping their own customers off left right and centre.
Who are the organised criminals here?