START putting the pennies and pounds in the piggy banks because we’re all about to pay for H2O.
Given the perilous state of the economy (copyright of any political party in opposition) the option of further deferment of water charges in Northern Ireland looks like being taken off the table.
Finance Minister, Sammy Wilson, has hinted that the water-tax holiday will end shortly.
But that means the decision will have to be taken in the weeks and months after the Westminster poll. When, of course, we’ll be preparing for the 2011 Assembly election.
Executive ministers would appear to agree that water charges are inevitable; but are they? Will ministers have the courage to go to the electorate saying we’re going to introduce what are in all but name more taxes.