New constitutional rights? Sure. Just put new taxes in too.

There have been some calls recently for socio-economic rights, like the right to housing or education to be inserted into the constitution. As it happens, that doesn’t actually bother me that much, save for the fact that the same people who tend to demand those rights tend to be the people who are currently opposing every cut in spending and every new tax. In other words, they want a new right to government spending, but don’t want to be identified with the new taxes needed to fund it. It’s low cynical dirty politics, and debases what should be a noble aim. If there are those who wish to insert actionable new high cost rights into Bunreacht ns hEireann, let them also put a new constitutionally mandated tax to the people too, and we’ll see what the Irish people really think.

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