Abolishing local authority charges and property taxes may have been hugely popular, but now that they have to be re-imposed, it could be the straws that broke the proverbial camel taxpayer’s backs.

The Minister for the Environment may have been marking our cards last week about the imposition of water charges from next year, but there are no details – just speculation – about how much it will cost us, who will be exempted and what level of free water allocation we can expect. No one seems to know exactly how much the proposed water meters will cost either.