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    Have we ever had it so good?

    The phrase "We've never had it so good!" has been widely attributed to British PM, Harold McMillan supposedly speaking in 1957. What he actually said was "Most of our people have never had it so good" but quotes do tend to get mangled over the years and recycled in their punchiest and most reductive form.

    The Irish Times's Cantillon, like certain Brazilian players goes one name only (cf. Neymar, Paulinho) so it's clearly a mark of genius in one's field. Anyway, he/she recycles the above quote as a question with respect to the Irish economy: Have we ever had it so good?

    The answer would appear to be a resounding 'no' and the arguments, dear reader, are compelling.
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    1 million people aren't paying income tax. Do you know why that is? Because they aren't even making the first threshold to pay it for.

    Blueshirt supporter.
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    The Eagle of the Ninth The Eagle of the Ninth is offline
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    When did you think you had it better, OP?
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    Most low earners piss away their money on booze, cigarettes,takeaways and down the bookies.

    Why is it that?
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    Who is the author of the pseudonym-Cantillon articles?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kommunist View Post
    1 million people aren't paying income tax. Do you know why that is? Because they aren't even making the first threshold to pay it for.

    Blueshirt supporter.
    Are you moaning because the tax system is too progressive?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kommunist View Post
    1 million people aren't paying income tax. Do you know why that is? Because they aren't even making the first threshold to pay it for.

    Blueshirt supporter.

    If a single mother with 10 kids gets a house, numerous bills and the dole provided for by the state, does she pay any income tax ?
    Even at the lower end of estimates, a previous thread estimated such an individual would be on a minimum of 70,000 per annum.

    Can you show me a commie country where someone who can get that level of state-support without working ?

    Rent allowance in Dublin for a single parent & kid now runs at 1,875 per month.
    (I have also come across 2,100 per month).
    A higher rate taxpayer would have to earn about 45,000 just to compete on rent.

    Furthermore, it's stated government policy to remove people from the tax net.
    And all you can do is complain when they succeed.

    Go live in the glorious republic of cuba, if you dare !

    And I'm not even a FG voter.
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    This thread is not going to go well. It is against the religion of many of our P.ie

    posters to find anything good to say about Ireland!
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    The Eagle of the Ninth The Eagle of the Ninth is offline
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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyLou View Post
    This thread is not going to go well. It is against the religion of many of our P.ie

    posters to find anything good to say about Ireland!
    Well they want hot blondes, loads of land, beer to piss away on demand, and if they dont get that, then f*uck it, its the worst time ever.
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