3/08/2006

Horny students demand cheaper condoms!

I was shocked and amused to learn that USI has called on the Irish government to reduce the VAT on condoms. The Union of Students in Ireland said the expected move by the British means condoms sold in the North will soon become significantly cheaper than those on sale in the 26 counties.


According to USI the high cost of condoms in the South puts them beyond the reach of many students and young people – the category most as risk from Sexually Transmitted Infections.

I believe that USI are wrong on this issue, it is not the cost that stops most people from using condoms, it is just plain stupidity!

This should not be a major campaign for USI, there are other pressing issues that should be tackled first.

USI President Tony McDonnell said the Government applies the full rate of 21% VAT to any purchase it considers a ‘luxury’, the category in which it classifies condoms.

“The UK government used to share this preposterous view, but is now preparing to reclassify condoms as ‘essential’ items and apply the lowest rate of VAT to them,” he said.

“If the Government applied the same logic as the UK, the VAT on condoms sold in the South would fall from 21% to 5%, bringing the price of condoms down dramatically and making them more accessible to those who need them most.”

I spoke to Tony last night, who was up in QUB, and while having a pint and lulling over the arrangements for Congress asked him why this was a major issue. While I agree that VAT should be lower on condoms I do believe that the Student movement faces bigger problems than the VAT on condoms.

Most students can get free condoms from their Union. Yesterday QUB gave away over 1000 condoms and they all went in an hour.

Talk about horny students in QUB ;)

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