I am planning to pay the property tax. In protest. It's a protest against all the people who did not support the campaign to stop cuts to child benefit. All the people who shrug their shoulders when they hear about carers who face the propspect of losing their domiciliary care allowance and carer's allowance. Not €100 a year, more like €10,000. Who sympathise when they hear about cuts to services for kids with special needs, but do nothing. Who blame lone parents for all society's problems and so turn a blind eye to policies that will condemn many of them to low paid paid part time employment and their children to poverty. I'm protesting against all those people who voted Fianna Fail. Who supported the bankers and the developers. Whose actions led to the loss of my job and my security as well as that of my children. Even though my property tax will probably just be used to plant yet more trees and is just displacing money that is poured down the black hole of bank debt.
Even so, I am planning to pay it.
Unless you can persuade me otherwise.
And once again I'm left wondering why property always seems to matter so much more than children?