The Berlin leak.

Haha! Fooled them!

Haha! Fooled them!

When I first heard about a Bundestag committee casually giving out our budget details, I was outraged. Here we were, cooperating with a friendly power, and this is how they treat us? But the more I read about it, my opinion changed. Consider this:

The German Finance Ministry is obliged to report to its democratic masters, the Bundestag, details of where German workers money is going. That’s what they did, and it raises two questions in my mind.

The first is why did our Department of Foriegn Affairs not know this would happen, and secondly, if the government knows that VAT is to be raised to 23%, why do we keep it a secret anyway? The answer I heard, as to why tax rises like VAT and customs and excise duties are kept secret is because if people knew in advance, they may rush out to buy more stuff before the rise comes into force. But so what? The purpose of the Department of Finance is to order our fiscal affairs, not attempt to snatch extra money off the Irish people by tricking them with sudden tax rises. 

5 thoughts on “The Berlin leak.

  1. Jason, the gov announced on Nov 4th that VAT would increase to 23%. Nov 5th Irish Times had an article that stated that Michael Noonan said that it would increase to 23%.

    So I don’t know why the media is suddenly hopping on this, it’s been in the public domain for two weeks and was ignored until the Germans mentioned it.

    From Nov 5th IT: “Mr Noonan said that, as part of the EU-IMF agreement, the top rate of VAT was to rise to 23 per cent”

  2. You just can’t seperate the political from the personal, can you Dave? Always have to go with the nasty. Fair enough, it’s a reflection on your personality, I suppose. After all, everything’s a conspiracy, isn’t it, sitting in your bedsit in Bognor or Bristol fretting over what the Giant Lizards will do next?
    Has it occurred to you that we are now closer to the creation of a de facto federal Europe than anytime in living memory? And yes, Britain should have a referendum, and yes, will probably vote to leave, being to the new European federation what it currently is to the US. I can live with that.

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