New Events

National

no events posted in last week

Blog Feeds

Anti-Empire

Anti-Empire

offsite link Russian Navy Seen Escorting Iranian Tank... Sat Oct 24, 2020 04:37 | HI Sutton

offsite link Putin: Russia-China Military Alliance Ca... Sat Oct 24, 2020 01:12 | Vladimir Isachenkov

offsite link Armenians Are Losing the War in Karabakh... Fri Oct 23, 2020 23:36 | Zoran Vukosavljević

offsite link Scott Atlas: I’m Disgusted and Dismaye... Fri Oct 23, 2020 16:25 | Freddie Sayers

offsite link US Is Secretly Providing Air Support for... Fri Oct 23, 2020 13:17 | Wesley Morgan

Anti-Empire >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link ?Democracy? vs. Covid ? A No-Go Sat Oct 24, 2020 01:10 | amarynth
by Peter Koenig for the Saker Blog Brussels (EU and European NATO Headquarters) ? On 21 October 2020, the German Press Agency (dpa) reports that Germany pledges NATO soldiers for

offsite link Azerbaijani Forces Rush To Capture Lachin Cororidor From Retreating Armenians Fri Oct 23, 2020 21:52 | amarynth
South Front The Armenian defense in the southern part of the Nagorno-Karabakh region seems to be collapsing as the advancing Azerbaijani forces are about to reach the strategic Lachin corridor.

offsite link Make America Jeffersonian Again Fri Oct 23, 2020 17:51 | amarynth
by Pepe Escobar with permission and first posted at Asia Times The whole planet has every reason to be terminally puzzled at how all those lofty Enlightenment ideals Thomas Jefferson

offsite link Weekly China Newsbrief and Sitrep Fri Oct 23, 2020 16:48 | amarynth
By Godfree Roberts – selected from his extensive weekly newsletter : Here Comes China The Huawei complete Google alternative is being built out – You will hear about Petal again

offsite link Russian President Putin Delivers Speech at Valdai Discussion Club -2020 ? Update Thu Oct 22, 2020 17:31 | amarynth
The Transcript follows.  Note that it is not quite complete and we are waiting for the Kremlin resources to complete (as usual correct and accurate) the complete transcript.  Yet, most

The Saker >>

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link A Woulfe in judges clothing

offsite link Sarah McInerney and political impartiality Anthony

offsite link Did RTE journalists collude against Sinn Fein? Anthony

offsite link Irish Examiner bias Anthony

offsite link RTE: Propaganda ambush of Sinn Fein Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

Spirit of Contradiction

offsite link The Party and the Ballot Box Sun Jul 14, 2019 22:24 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

offsite link On The Decline and Fall of The American Empire and Socialism Sat Jan 26, 2019 01:52 | S. Duncan

offsite link What is Dogmatism and Why Does It Matter? Wed Mar 21, 2018 08:10 | Sylvia Smith

offsite link The Case of Comrade Dallas Mon Mar 19, 2018 19:44 | Sylvia Smith

offsite link Review: Do Religions Evolve? Mon Aug 14, 2017 19:54 | Dara McHugh

Spirit of Contradiction >>

People Before Profit Alliance

category national | bin tax / household tax / water tax | opinion/analysis author Friday March 04, 2016 13:37author by Paddy Hackett Report this post to the editors

Total abolition of water charges...



The People Before Profit Alliance seeks the total abolition of water charges. To fund the provision of clean and safe water it supports the cost of this service being imposed on the capitalist class and sections of the middle class. The logic behind the position means that the total cost of all state spending should be, largely speaking, imposed on the capitalist class and sections of the middle class too.

Under these conditions the capitalist class would be left with no alternative but to withdraw its assets from the Irish economy. This would lead to the effective disappearance of the Irish economy. Consequently the income of the working class would collapse while unemployment would become widespread. Apocalyptic conditions would prevail.

Neither can the leadership of the right2water campaign support any abolition of water charges made by a future capitalist government. This is because it's abolition will result in the charge being largely imposed in a veiled form on the working and lower middle class (under general taxation or whatever). Should such support be forthcoming from the right2water leadership it will clearly expose its reactionary character. The abolition, suspension or modification of the water charges by a bourgeois government cannot be justifiably claimed to be a victory for the leadership of the Right2Water campaign.

Related Link: http://paddy-hackett.blogspot.com
© 2001-2020 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy