Stealing by overcharging
Is it possible that Aer Lingus did more damage to the Irish economy over decades than even Dev’s land war? Somewhere in some ivory tower there must be a PhD student of economics who could do a little digging and seeing if there’s anything in this ISME thesis?
The dictionary definition of ‘to gouge’ is given by one online source as ‘stealing by overcharging’. This is what Aer Lingus did to generations of Irish citizens, not alone making it horrendously expensive to visit relatives forced to emigrate because of rotten economic planning, but for those who managed to stay on the island and who tried to build businesses and create employment, Aer Lingus pricing (this is before Internet or Skype) made it prohibitive for sales teams to try to sell internationally. It must have cost us at least a decade of growth and probably billions of Euro to boot.
Bus workers love Ryanair
The arrival of Ryanair put paid to that particular form of theft and, ask any business owner, it has made getting around the world to sell immeasurably easier. We have export stats to prove this. But the benefits apply equally to our leisure traveller many of whom, we’re sure, are amongst Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann’s staff.
Surely they must see the irony of what they are doing with their proposed strike aimed at stopping competition on bus routes? They are contributing to the theft of the ordinary person, just like themselves, because others can do the job better and at less cost.
Pay extra for poorer service
A quick Internet search shows a company called GoBus will get you from Galway to Dublin for €12 in a fine style. The same journey on State subsidised Bus Éireann will cost you €13.78. That’s a 15% difference on just one journey. Now multiply that out by tens and tens of thousands of daily journeys and you get an idea of how much operations like Bus Éireann are costing us?
The bus unions say that they’re afraid that Minister Paschal Donohoe’s proposal to privatise just 10% of routes will cost them, in terms of pay and conditions. So that’s it so. We can all pay extra for what is often a poorer service, so they can carry on regardless.
Super duper Value – and better value
Today saw the publication of market share by the supermarkets showing continuing growth of foreign retailers. Now we’re sure that SuperValu would love if they were allowed to halt the arrival of Aldi and Lidl to these shores, gain an 80% market share and charge what they liked for goods. Without these foreign invaders the same transport workers could be paying €3 or more for something as basic as a litre of milk. But no, thanks to competition, families can afford to live a little.
So there you have it in a nutshell. A tiny group of State workers holding the rest of us, particularly the poorer in society, as the wealthier can use their cars, to ransom…….. Gougers.