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Tue, Dec. 2nd, 2003, 04:14 pm

Well boys and girls, tomorrow is the annual irish budget. Also known as "bend over day" and "Pulsating barbed strap on of doom day". Expect tomorrow's posts to contain more anger than usual.

Tue, Dec. 2nd, 2003 08:19 am (UTC)

Annual irish budget? What's that?
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Tue, Dec. 2nd, 2003 08:54 am (UTC)

Oh, good! Good. That's responsible thinking. Yup. Like the industrious ant who worked to save up for the winter months while the grasshopper played pool and drank in bars and did ungodly things. Good politicians. Yup.

Uh huh.

Tue, Dec. 2nd, 2003 09:24 am (UTC)

Ours are worst than most having topped the european corruption league for a while and staying close to the top therafter. The odd thing is that it's very hard to see where the cash is going.

Tue, Dec. 2nd, 2003 09:38 am (UTC)

I hear hammers and toilets are very expensive in the government.

Seriously... I mean, U.S. politicians are varying degrees of stupid or outright selfish, but you seem to take a very specific interest in the hatred of your own leaders. It's fascinating.

Tue, Dec. 2nd, 2003 08:55 am (UTC)

Not to forget this year's new favourite: the stealth tax - new "charges" on services that were formerly free or very very cheap. Bin taxes were one for example - increases in tolls on motorways is another. The TV license is almost certain to increase again next year after nearly doubling this year.

It went beyond a joke last year with everyone bar civil servants being consierably poorer by the time all the new rates went into effect.

Tue, Dec. 2nd, 2003 09:52 am (UTC)

my mother got a raise recently where her raise got her into a higher tax bracket, thereby losing twice her increase in taxes. She was poorer after, and she works for the western health board. Us civil servants get the shaft regularly and I don't get overtime, bonuses, expenses or lots of other things! I can't put money into a lot of things that people working for private companies to avoid taxes!!

Tue, Dec. 2nd, 2003 10:33 am (UTC)

Sorry, I meant government, local government that kind of thing. The ones who award themselves the bonuses.

Tue, Dec. 2nd, 2003 10:38 am (UTC)

s'okay. I understood, it's just this country the rich get richer, the poor get poorer and middle income people like us get screwed!

Tue, Dec. 2nd, 2003 11:29 am (UTC)

The poor more than most this year with the cancellation of so much public employment, fas work schemes and whatnot. I mean it's hard enough to get a job without making it worse. I wouldn't mind except that government supporters are touting the fact that our employment rate is very low, 162,000 people or so, about 5% I think - like it's a good reason to increase the number.

Tue, Dec. 2nd, 2003 10:48 am (UTC)

Oi! We simple serpents were by no means exempt! Yes, we got our benchmarking increase - well, 1/3 of it or something like that - in my case around a 3% rise. Which was lower than the inflation rate...

Tue, Dec. 2nd, 2003 11:26 am (UTC)

And yet still enough for private sector workers to feel jealous :)