A referendum on both car insurance and extreme proportional representation

Patslatt1

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Therein lies the problem. The Free Market works only for governments and corporations. We were lied to.

At what about the promised end to VRT?
Ireland doesn't make cars, so VRT is a good tax on extravagant power cars. A generation ago, people made do with bangers.
 


Patslatt1

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Great point, we are part of a 'single market' yet we continue to get ripped off in banking, insurance and even mobile phone operators. Irish banks charge you for banking with them :rolleyes2: there should be no obsticles to having a caixa account for example. My mobile phone provider charges me for calling or texting a french phone, even though that phone is in Dublin :rolleyes2: it seems certain aspects of the market are protectionist.
A small country like Ireland is lucky to have more than two mobile phone companies given that the industry is a natural monopoly. Even the USA hasn't more than four in most regions.

The high costs of bank services reflect the high unionised wage costs and the high costs of providing bank branches in lightly populated rural areas.
 


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