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Household Tax - name a date for protests

category national | bin tax / household tax / water tax | press release author Thursday February 09, 2012 13:11author by Stephen Boyd - Socialist Party Report this post to the editors

Campaign Against Household and Water Tax


Household Tax - name a date for protests
By Councillor Mick Barry

Campaign Against Household and Water Tax public meetings held this week in Waterford (700), Carlow (400) and elsewhere clearly show a growing mood of angry opposition to the Government's household tax.

The tax is clearly seen as both an "austerity" tax which will not improve local services one iota but will serve to pay the bill for the bank bondholder bailout and as a "gateway tax" which will lead on to property taxes on the family home (2013) and water tax (2014).

The Campaign is being seen by growing numbers of ordinary people as offering a chance to draw a line in the sand and demonstrate opposition to further austerity measures.

Clearly, the potential to build nationwide, mass, organised non-payment of the tax is opening up. This is the key to defeating the tax. Mass, organised non-payment was the key to defeating Thatcher's poll tax in Britain in the late 80s/early 90s and to achieving the abolition of water charges in this state in the mid-1990s.

The mass meetings now taking place around the country must prioritise building powerful networks of local activists to leaflet their areas and knock on doors and spread the message of non-payment.

The Socialist Party believes that the growing mood of anger and the Government's imminent plans to leaflet every house in the state on the issue provide another opportunity to the Campaign now.

The Government's leaflet drop is likely to be accompanied by a propaganda offensive in the media which uses the threat of fines and the fear factor as a key weapon. While fears and concern will no doubt increase in the wake of such an offensive so too can peoples' anger and the mood for protest can develop.

The Campaign should tap into this mood and facilitate protest. This can feed into and boost the campaign for organised, mass non-payment. This has been shown in Cork where 250 supporters of the Campaign turned out on Feb 3 to picket Enda Kenny's dinner at City Hall with the Chamber of Commerce.

The Campaign's National Steering Committee meets this weekend. The Socialist Party believes that the committee should name the date for a Day of Protest throughout the country, possibly (depending on the timescale of the Govternment leaflet drop) on Saturday Feb 25. This could take the form of mass binning of the Government literature and, in the cities and where big numbers assemble to do so, potentially the organising of protest marches. Given the fact that occupations and sit-ins have been put on the agenda by the global Occupy movement, the Vita Cortex workers and the La Senza workers, occupation of TDs' clinics, council meetings etc should also be considered.

Protest should never be used as a substitute for building mass non-payment but, handled correctly, mass non-payment and protest are complementary tactics and the Campaign should embrace both as the fight against the tax is stepped up in the weeks ahead.

Related Link: http://www.socialistparty.net/household-charge/877-household-tax-name-a-date-for-protests
author by HHTAXpublication date Thu Feb 09, 2012 13:24author address author phone Report this post to the editors

There is a public meeting tonight at 8pm Ballyphehane Community Centre, Ballyphehane Cork, organized by the campaign against the household tax - come along and find out how to defeat theses taxes.

author by Magspublication date Tue Feb 14, 2012 15:36author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Public Meeting by CAHWT in Mullingar
Thursday 16th February, 7.30pm.
Greville Arms Hotel
Speakers: Joe Higgins TD and Cllr John Campbell, Donegal.

author by Charles Fortpublication date Tue Feb 14, 2012 15:48author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Good to see the people of Mullingar are revolting. Surely it deserves an event notice of its own.

author by Rational Ecologist.publication date Tue Feb 14, 2012 16:02author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I'm all for opposing the charge, however, I would like to ask Mick Barry & Co. how they plan to fund everything and tell us in very clear terms what their vision is and show very clearly how it is going to be funded and where this money will come from? Yes, please tax the rich but tell me how this will look and show me the yields from it.
I won't be paying the charge, however, the important thing here is to have a clear, drawn out, funded and viable alternative-same goes for the other charges.
Protests are great but a positive vision of a different future and how it will look and a forensic description of how it will be funded, is needed.
I am very sincere and wish you well. Time to protest in favour of something.

author by Tpublication date Tue Feb 14, 2012 22:08author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The campaign against the household charge have put the following video up on their website

Caption: Campaign Against the Household Tax - Campaign Meeting


Related Link: http://nohouseholdtax.org/
 
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