I support, broadly, the idea of water charges. I am aghast at how badly structured, managed, organised etc is Irish Water.
When the Seanad resumes, Fergal Quinn, a man not normally associated with common causes for the hard left, will introduce a bill to take the PPS issue off the table. He will require IW to delete existing databases and to stop collection of same. And, he is 100% right in this. There are other perfectly acceptable and just as good ways to prove the existence of a child. This may pass the Seanad but is likely to die in the Dail.
It will die in the Dail because the Baa Baa Baaackbenchers, pictured above carefully and independently making up their mind on how to vote, will vote as the government determines. These same buckos will however decry that fact, will tell us that they are on our side and agree 100% with Senator Quinn. Some will, without doubt or shame, parade their tattermedallion consciences and brass necks at the various parades and marches against Irish Water today.
If you spot a Baa Baa Baackbencher, the thing to do is …nothing. Dont engage. Dont acknowledge. Dont ask questions, dont do anything. When they rediscover their moral compass, packed carefully away in February 2011, then they can talk. Until then they can bleat on.