The DUP have taken a somewhat populist line on water charging, jumping on comments by John McCallister . Calling charging proposals a poll tax, is indeed strong stuff:
targeting struggling householders who are trying to keep up mortgage payments, meet the expectations of their children at Christmas and also hold on to their jobs…Rather than tax people more we’re in the business of making government more efficient.
However does this attack have all that much credibility, given that less than a year ago Sammy Wilson was openly talking about charging for water as something of a fait accompli?
Delivering the PC10 efficiency savings will ensure that water charging, when the DRD Minister brings his proposals to the Executive, will deliver the lowest possible bill to consumers.”