McCann should change his tune

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Sir

Eamon McCann never ceases to amaze me with the simplicity of his suggestions to resolve all of society’s ills. Just make everything free of charge, employ or retain everyone who wants a job whether or not they are required - unless they’re management.

He seems to believe that a union’s demand that there be no redundancies in the public sector is sufficient reason to pursue a particular course of action. Eamon has been singing from the same hymn sheet for the past forty odd years without ever providing a formula for how he would propose to finance the delivery of all the free services that he advocates.

His latest onslaught is on the Water Service when he says ‘water isn’t an “ordinary” commodity but a necessity of life – the fundamental reason for opposing privatization and water charges’.

Yes, Eamon, water is a necessity of life and should be and is free, but the infrastructure required to deliver, good, healthy water does not come without investment and therefore must be paid for. But people should not be expected to pay twice as the element of financing water delivery is already a component of the regional rate and should be clearly identified as such on the Rates Bill. If Eamon was the DRD Minister where would he suggest that the finance necessary for investment in the required infrastructure to deliver this ‘necessity of life’ comes from? Or is he suggesting that we just drill a well at the end of every street and let everyone draw their own water by the bucket?

Eamon has fought almost every election over the past forty years spouting the same tired old populist slogans but I don’t think he has fought two successive elections under the same political banner. Could it be that Eamon actually is a believer in the old capitalist adage that you don’t need to change your ingredients or policies – just repackage them and sell them under a ‘new’ label.

I’m sure that all of the other declared candidates in the forthcoming elections would like to have a weekly platform in local media to pontificate from but unfortunately that’s not possible, so Eamon you should use yours to inform the electorate about how you would fix the problems and pay for them instead of continuously complaining about them. I think that Eamon will find once more at the next election that the people don’t like being sold recycled goods in new wrappers. Eamon, it might be a good idea to change your tune (message) rather than your political banner this time.

Conn McLaughlin,

Brandywell