Paying price of underfunding
Published 04/01/2011 | 10:02
I recently saw a DUP poster boasting that Northern Ireland had the lowest domestic rates in the UK. In most cases in life, one gets what one pays for.
Instead of introducing water charges, which would have enabled NI Water to update its network, we have the present, dreadful situation where the rest of the world thinks we have deteriorated to third world conditions.
The DUP/Sinn Fein-dominated Assembly has produced |populist measures which have left infrastructure underfunded.
The widespread media publicity our water shortage has caused will adversely affect our tourist trade and possible overseas investment for a long time to come.
Who will want to visit, or set up an industry in, a place which cannot guarantee a water supply?