With a speed not seen since the u-turn by Brian Cowan after the last election, Sinn Fein (& the DUP) yesterday did a u-turn on their opposition to water charges.
Secretary of the We Won’t Pay Campaign Gary Mulcahy said “Mitchell McLaughlin and Ian Paisley Jnr.’s comments are a slap in the face of everyone who voted for these parties after being told that they opposed water charges during the elections.”
“The sheer brazenness of these politicians is staggering. Only a few weeks ago these parties claimed they were opposed to water charges but now they have the nerve to say that people will have to pay for the maintenance of our water and sewerage service through water charges. Why do they fail to mention that we already pay for water through the rates? Have the DUP and Sinn Fein all of a sudden contracted a mysterious case of collective amnesia?”
The We Won’t Pay Campaign said that “mass non-payment will teach these gangsters on the hill a lesson if they go ahead and introduce water charges. There is no support for this double-tax in working class communities across Northern Ireland. If they send bills to households they will be met with a mass boycott and the new Minister for Water Charges Conor Murphy will be left with egg on his face.”
UTV interview with Mitchel McLoughlin & Ian Paisley Jr.
You have to scroll to the end, it will then automatically return to the start for the second part of the programme. The interview is about a quarter of the way in.
"If we separate out the legacy cost and set before people the legitimate cost of providing the water service, people are fair-minded, they will pay that".