So students and OAPs marched in their thousands on the Dail today.
The medical card business has already been taken care of, more or less. Regarding the student protest, I just got a bit of a bollocking off Phantom texters there when I suggested that the reason they won't get their way is that they don't vote as much as OAPs, so politicians won't give a fuck what they want.
Anyway, I wouldn't worry about the reintroduction of fees. There's no way the government is going to go ahead with that now after this medical card fiasco.
Personally, I think there should be a means test for medical cards. I don't see why a certain percentage of pensioners who are wealthy should have free health care. If you are rich and you can pay for it, then pay for it, and let the people who need it more get free health care.
It's the same with education. If you are Loaded McRichFace, say if your folks have a combined income of €150,000 a year or something, then why should you be allowed ping pong around various arts courses at the expense of the tax payer? The grants system should be scrapped and made more transparent so rich self-employed folk (aka farmers) can't diddle it. And students should stop complaining about not having enough money for food 'n' books etc considering the majority of students (myself included back in the day) spend most of their money on booze.
Shoot me now, etc.