That’ll learn him.

We Have To Pay For Water, Says Charges Overview Chief (Irish Examiner, July 4, 2016)


26 thoughts on “Glug

  1. Vote Rep #1

    Who in this country does not have an opinion on water charges? Impartial my bum area. Joe O’Tooles fault was that he had an opinion that was against the most vocal.

    1. bisted

      …Joe O’Tooles fault was, like all the other union leaders, he was bought…and when you are bought you stay bought…

    2. Bob

      His fault was that after being appointed to an impartial position, he publicly declared his impartial opinion. It was a moronic thing to do, and he should have been kicked off the commission for being an idiot..

      1. Vote Rep #1

        So you are basically saying that everyone on that commission must not have an opinion on water charges? Where do you plan on finding people who have no opinion?

        1. Sheik Yahbouti

          Fool. Impartiality, or at least the appearance of it, was a prerequisite for the job. O’Tooles revelations as to the Government’s and “opposition’s” (hah) strategy ensured his getting the bum’s rush. What part of that do you not understand?

  2. Observer

    Ideally we get a chairperson who doesn’t have a view on this matter.

    Obviously everyone in the country has a view, and we can’t really have some fancy foreigner chairing the thing.

    Therefore, we need to appoint someone who is away from the public’s eye and whose prejudices on the matter are unknown to the public.

    That would be a much more transparent result.

  3. Eoin

    Everyone on the commission has a view. Some of the commissioners are foreign so the idea is they would be unbiased. Unfortunately they’re ALL about turning water into a commodity. Everything they’ve done in their own countries has been to that end. The whole commission is utterly biased. Anyway. The government still don’t get it. Jesus himself could descend from heaven and demand I pay water charges to IW and I’d still tell him ‘no’.

    1. Observer

      Treated water is a commodity.

      No matter what charging regime we have, or whether we have none at all, treated water will still be a commodity.

      1. Kolmo

        Anything can be commodified, if the State and well-placed individuals within it are too willing to forego the State’s very purpose for existing for a quick buck – the courageous privateers inevitably eff it up and it’ll end up getting re-nationalised, a bit like private banking debt when they stamped the golden goose to death. Water supply and waste treatment was never free.

    2. DubLoony

      Potable water is manufactured, therefore is a commodity.

      You can’t safely drink rain water, river/lake water, seawater. It must be treated to remove bugs like cryptosporidium, h.polari, e.coli and other nasties. Many parts of the country are not properly provided with what they need.

      Similarly, waste water containing human waste needs to be safly removed. We had 4 beaches closed in Dublin in recent good weather because raw sewage was being discharged.

      All this requires investment.

      1. Kieran NYC

        As we’ve seen again recently in the UK, some people just don’t ‘do’ facts or logic.

  4. On The Buses

    Where do they find all these men who can’t seem to buy shirts with collars that contain their undulating necks?

    1. Rugbyfan

      same place s the TDs who wear the badly fitted suits and Shirt/tie combo box sets!

  5. Mulder

    Get Bertie, as he will not be sure, what view he had or now has and will give one view to set of folks and completely different one to others.
    Flip flop, ahh shrr ye know, i am not too sure, what ehh, view to take.
    Shrrr i do not drink a lot of water anyway.

    1. Sheik Yahbouti

      Agreed, a puffed up fool, and he made the cardinal error of being frank about FF/FG’s agenda, of which he heartily approves. Of course he had to go, can’t have truth being told – obfuscation and lies are so much more appropriate.

  6. some old queen

    It is of course right this idiot should resign. The fact that he expressed such biased meant he had to go. Why was he appointed in the first place? The credibility of the entire commission is now in question which a disappointment to most moderate people who wanted to see a fair and honest appraisal.

    Polluter pays. The new bland ’I agree with water charges’, which also means absolutely nothing. Who is the polluter where raw sewage is being pumped out in a certain north Dublin beach? It sure as hell isn’t those in the proximity who refused meters installations. And if it is all knackers with no jobs then why was there such resistance in Co. Wicklow?

    This really isn’t looking good. After the biggest moblisation of people in the history of the state we are getting the same old. Draw up a detailed costed plan to fix the figgen network and put it to the people in a referendum. Anything else is a whitewash.

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