Last week I wrote about the mixed signals coming from the Consumers Association of Ireland – where the Chief Executive and vice Chairman came out on complete opposite sides of Mary Coughlans suggestion that price controls may be brought back.
One thing from the comments on The Last Word with Matt Cooper on TodayFM from Michael Kilcoyne, the CAI vice Chairman struck me as completely bizarre:
And I think though, also, that there are many areas that are under the direct control of government like local authority service charges that would have to have the same controls. It may well be fine to impose controls on the private sector, I think it should also apply where there are services provided by the state.
Remember, price controls are being mentioned as a possible solution to the dual pricing sterling to euro conversion rate controversy that’s been rolling on for months now.
So where the hell would local government charges be relevant to all this? Why raise this issue on national radio when it’s got nothing to do with the issue at hand? Surely the price of services provided by the state are by their very nature price controlled?
Local government elections coming up in Mayo in June maybe?