So I was watching 'The Week in Politics' on RTE today and in response to Gerry Adams' call on Labour to leave the coalition Pat Rabbitte who was on the show responded by refusing to address the question but merely criticised SF for their "hypocrisy in terms of backing rates in NI but opposing the property tax in the south".
Now this is not the first time the stickies and their blueshirt partners in FG have made such claims yet a simple google will reveal that rates up north while costing around 3 times more than property tax covers a wide varity of services which we have to pay for in the south such education/books, emergency services, health, housing, roads water, sewerage and bin collection. Now if I were to recieve all of those services I'd be more than happy to pay it unlike in the south where we dont get similar benefits.
However this is not the first time Rabbitte, Labour or the government are guilty of such ignorance about the situation in northern ireland. Is this a deliberate ignorance about northern ireland? Do LB/FG not understand how the social welfare system works and how the assembly in northern ireland only have limited control over taxation in northern ireland? Deliberate ignorance or an attempt at party politics?