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British NIO Ministers told to back off water tax plans

10 August, 2004

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson, Mid Ulster MLA Francie Molloy, who heads Sinn Féin official opposition to the imposition of water taxes, has said that British direct rule ministers should back off plans to force through the introduction of water charges in the face of widespread objections.

Mr Molloy said:

"British NIO Ministers are showing their true undemocratic colours in trying to force through the water taxes in the face of almost total opposition from across the political spectrum, from trade unions and from the public. But then again they have no mandate to take any of the decisions that they are currently forcing on us.

"Direct rule ministers must back off from the current plans to impose water charges. The revelation in the Belfast Telegraph today that these interlopers are also planning massive job cuts demonstrates the scale of the privatisation agenda that imported British Labour Party stooges intend to force through.

"The British government are guilty of failing to invest properly in our services for decades. Now, the NIO are determined to force us to pay for their failures.

"In comparison to other models of managing water services the British government stands accused of treating everyone who lives in the North of Ireland as a second class citizen. If the British government continue with these plans Sinn Féin will lead a campaign against their introduction. We will also ensure that in the negotiations next month that the entire issue of British Treasury financing of all of our services is on the agenda." ENDS

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