Garda Pay Cuts
This [was] the poster campaign by An Garda Síochána (Irish Police Force) who are protesting against the pension levy being introduced for all civil servants. Ignoring the actual levy issue, and instead focusing on the poster itself, it seems to suggest that these injuries are worth suffering if the 7% pension levy wasn't charged to members of the Gardai. Can a price be put on horrific injuries suffered? Is a vicious attack on a civil servant relevant to a levy on their wages? Brutality against police is nothing new, it's getting worse alright, but I doubt Johnny Scumbag is going to stop kicking you in the head whether you've paid your levy or not.
I can see nurses having a similar poster next week, with a picture of woman on a bed all pale and gaunt with a title "This nurse got AIDS from dealing with an infected patient... she does not deserve a pay cut". That sounds ridiculous doesn't it, how could 7% of ones wages compare to being infected with AIDS. That's my point, it's not about how right or wrong a levy is, it's the skewed manner in which it's being argued.
Look, the biggest problem I [had] with the poster is this: there are two people displayed with beaten and bloody faces, and neither of them is Bertie Ahern. That really pisses me off!
Originally drafted 10.03.09
Posted at 12:11