If I wanted to build a political party here it would be:
Solidly and solely aimed at those eaening 40k+ p.a.
I'd campaign on the basis of taking an axe to current spending, smashing PS trade unions and giving back half the gains via a new 30% tax bracket to apply between 35k and 70k.
Wonder if there's a market for my shtick?
The PS and its trade unions are where they are. Sad to say, you can never take back, politically. The error was in Bertie's wanting that 3 in a row at all costs, our costs, sadly. I am mystified as to why anyone votes FF any more. There would be many that would see things in the same light you do, but those views would never become a majority. Too many people at all levels with fingers in the pie.
You realise the current Dail is like a Late Late show, there has to be something for everyone in the audience.
And like all goodie bags, you look at it, think it is nice and on the way home, feck it in the bin. We won't notice 500 euro a year. And there are many like us. I'd rather see it spent on rehabilitation of unemployed youth or spent enforcing a cap on Air B n B so we release properties into the rental market. Or reforming fair deal to allow the gaffes to be rented.
Hotels are for tourists, not families, apartments are for families, not tourists....