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(en) Workers Solidarity #84 - that's capitalism - It's Official! Tax fraud is okay if you are rich

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Thu, 10 Mar 2005 11:02:08 +0100 (CET)

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The most senior tax official in the 26 counties, Revenue Commissioners
chair Frank Daly, appeared before the Dail Committee of Public Accounts
last November 18th. His remarks deserve a wide circulation.
When Socialist Party TD, Joe Higgins, suggested it was "clear that, if
you are a big banker, you can steal with impunity from the tax payer
but if you are an ordinary person you will go to prison for stealing a few
hundred euro", Mr Daly said "you are quite right".
He also said that the Revenue had tried to prosecute banks and financial advisors
for "aiding and abetting" tax evasion but had been told by the (politically
appointed) Director of Public Prosecutions that they "didn't have a case".

Handbags & Hospital Beds

Back in 2001 the government promised to provide an extra 3,000
hospital beds in the 26 counties. Late last year Bertie Ahern stood up
in the Dáil and claimed that 900 of them had already been put in
place. It was a lie, a deliberate lie.

That figure included 255 'recliners', 298 'trolleys' and 83 'couches'. So,
of the 3,000 new beds, only 264 have been provided.

Of course there are no problems for the government and their wealthy
pals. They have the Blackrock Clinic, Mater Private and many other
private hospitals to go to. No waiting on trolleys there.

Is this an exception? Maybe it's just that health poses particular
difficulties? In November Education Minister Mary Hanafin
announced that the government's pledge to cut primary school class
sizes to 20 by 2007 has been torn up.

As John Carr, general secretary of the Irish National Teachers_
Organisation, said "This was a specific commitment. It was
unequivocal". But that means nothing to most politicians. They lie to
get into power and then put most of their effort into looking after the
wealthy. You can be sure there are no overcrowded class in Rockwell,
Gonzaga, St Michaels or any of the other private fee paying schools.

And before some Public Relations chancer from Mary Harney's office
tells us that there just isn't the cash for a decent medical or education
service, think about the number of rich parasites who have so much
money that they don't know what to do with it.

Over 500 women have put their names down on a waiting list to buy
handbags that cost at least E4,000 and as much as E50,000. That's
just in one shop, the Hermes store in Dublin's Brown Thomas.

This page is from the print version of the Irish Anarchist paper
'Workers Solidarity'. http://www.struggle.ws/wsm/paper.html
We also provide PDF files of all our publications
for you to print out and distribute locally
This edition is No84 published in Jan 2005

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