Just as in Scotland, the disaffected who rarely if ever vote, have been goaded out of inaction by a greedy self-serving government. Unlike Scotland, this will not be easily contained by a referendum, there is no choice to opt out of this particular injustice. This is a fight that's escalating on the poorer streets and in the financially hard pressed estates of every city and town across the country. Neglected and much maligned communities who have suffered disproportionately under the heavy yoke of austerity now find themselves besieged by thuggish contractors intent on installing meters for Siteserve, a company acquired by Millington, an acquisition vehicle controlled by Denis O'Brien, Fine Gael's much loved billionaire/media mogul/tax exile/journalist suer/party contributor and all round noxious national influence.
But it doesn't stop at water meter instillation - not content with invading communities, IrishWater is demanding pps numbers for every man, woman and child in the country under the pretext of providing allowances. The reality is more sinister, IrishWater is building a comprehensive database of personal information that can be sold on when (not if, when) whatever Finance Minister of the day decides that the time is right. This kind of verifiable database is gold dust for all kinds of profiteers you wouldn't normally give the time of day to.
A further insult of water charges is the denial by the courts to allow peaceful protesters voice their dissent in their own communities. Counsel for a company which is installing meters claimed in the High Court that there is an organised campaign of intimidation and harassment against workers installing meters and the company was granted a temporary injunction. Underpaid and overworked Gardai are now forced to intervene and arrest otherwise law abiding citizens defending their communities against the foot soldiers of triple taxation for an abundant resource in one of the wettest countries in Europe. The detrimental impact on relations between An Gardai Siochana and working class communities will be felt for years to come. Communities who never normally see government representatives are voicing their dissatisfaction in the only way left open to them, at An Gardai Siochana. As the protests escalate so will the response. We are fast on the way to 'Labour's way or pepper spray'. Shame on you Fine Gael, shame on you Labour, your legacy is a country splintered by rampant inequality.