A Limerick A Day

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I’ve heard that some Fine Gael bloke
Is raising the price of my smoke
I’m coughing with rage
For on my low wage
They’ll soon leave me totally broke

John Moynes

Pic: Wikipedia

13 thoughts on “A Limerick A Day

  1. Rob_G

    Delighted that the tax on cigarettes has gone up again. Seems strange that this tax is so high, while the betting tax, which is getting to be as bad a scourge on society as smoking, used to be 1%, and is only going up now to 2%.

    1. ivan

      Not to mention the soft soap approach that betting shops/chains get in the media; they’re still allowed to advertise and sure it’s only just a harmless flutter.

      anyway, to answer your question, I suspect it’s “because bloodstock industry”

    2. The Old Boy

      It’s only now becoming becoming politically palatable to restrict betting in any way now that traditional turf accounting makes up such a small proportion of bets placed. The government still actively supports the racing industries, which are almost entirely dependent on gambling for their survival.

      1. Rob

        It made the extra €11m, or whatever it was, on the greyhound track particularly irksome. Loads of government funding so that dogs can be mistreated and men (largely) can throw away family money.

  2. MaryLou's ArmaLite

    If you are worried about the effect of the cost of cigarettes on your wallet, wait to till you find out what they do to your insides

  3. Clampers Outside!

    Roll yizzer own! It’s cheaper, and I find because of the effort to roll versus whipping one out of the box, it’s less impulsive and I rarely finish one….

    No innuendos or puns were intended in typing the above, thank you :)

  4. Ben Redmond

    The Hong Kong Turf Club controls the lottery in that city and territory. All betting on horses and sales of lottery tickets is done through a string of shops scattered around the suburbs. The HK Government gets its millions in taxes from daily and yearly operations, which it can spend on education, health and infrastructure. Now there’s an idea for Irish governments to regulate gambling and derive heavy revenue from it too.

    1. Rob_G

      I’m uncomfortable enough that the government is profiting off the lottery (which is incredibly-heavily advertised across license fee-funded stations at certain times of year). The government should be, insofar as they can do without impacting people’s personal liberty, restricting activities that causes harm to their citizens, rather than trying to derive the maximum profit from it.

  5. Gabby

    I’m in a rag,
    ‘cos the cost of a fag
    is more than a shag –
    unless the VAT on a gummi
    is raised by a budget dummy.

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