Sympathy for the smuggler — 6 Comments

  1. I caught that show as well. Even though I don’t live in Ireland, I’d have to agree with you. It is all about the revenue. The politicians, worldwide, couldn’t give two pence about how bad the illegal ciggies might be. We have a right of passage here as well that goes back to our Irish, Scottish, and English roots. We are taught how to distill poitin, moonshine. It is illegal to grow cotton here unless you have a special licence which leads back to the monetary revenue going into very deep pockets. People grew cotton here 200 years before it was ever illegal. 🙂

  2. In the words of the great tax resister Henry David Thoreau:

    “Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison…the only house in a slave State in which a free man can abide with honor. If any think that their influence would be lost there, and their voices no longer afflict the ear of the state, that they would not be as an enemy within its walls, they do not know by how much truth is stronger than error…”

    Bleeding the stste of revenue is a patriotic duty at this stage.

  3. Wasnt Matthew the tax collector in the bible very much despised as well until of course he became a Saint – cant see any of our politicians/tax collectors being canonised !!!!!

  4. All in this together – as if. From Fintan O’Toole in today’s Irish Times
    “As the think tank Tasc has pointed out, someone on €300,000 a year will pay an extra €1,860 in income tax. A person on €40,000 will pay exactly the same: €1,860. In percentage terms, someone on €36,400 will lose more than twice as much of their income as someone on €100,000. ”

    Cherish all the children of the nation equally?

  5. The philosophy of the PDs lives on – flat rate charges allowing those who have raked in millions to pay no more than OAPs!

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