The Future for Irish Politics


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Where we are now

We are entering the sixth year of recession which is being managed by a coalition of Fianna Gael and Labour who were elected on policies they have now reneged on. Prior to the election that put them in power Fianna Fail had been in Government for over a decade and managed to turn the Celtic Tiger economy into an economy that has been so badly managed that it has bankrupted the country for decades to come.

The only national party left is Sinn Fein who have a tainted past and no experience of government in the Republic.

We are now at the point where there is no suitable party to elect….

and even if there was, there is 3 years to go before the next election..

We have exhausted all current political options.

The Irish people voted and gave a clear and strong mandate to the Government and the Government has deliberately turned its back on  the will of the people.

The Future

suggest we rethink politics in Ireland and I have a suggestion of what the way forward should be. We are now moving into an era when technology can transform the way people are governed and can offer an avenue for the government of the day to connect directly with the people they govern.

Dispense with full time politicians and parliaments except for those who make up the Government of the day.

Introduce a Peoples Assembly that is a forum for the debate of policies before we, the people vote. Those attending will be people with interest in the policies being voted on that week. The assembly is televised and streamed live on the internet. Anyone can attend with a weeks notice. The Assembly can move around the country. I envisage that it will be a continuously changing population that will attend as the topics being voted on will vary wildly week from week.

Place policy decision making in the direct hands of the people who will vote via unique electronic voting cards (similar to bank cards) once a week on matters of policy only. People may vote online, by phone or via email/ post. For better or worse the people will decide if they wish to have abortion in Ireland, property tax without regard to ability to pay, water taxes, stay in the EU, stiffing the bondholders, cancelling public service giant pensions etc.

Policy details are worked out by the Civil Servants who meet with interested parties to thrash the finer details.

The Government will be a suite of ministers appointed annually by the people to carry out the policies passed in the People Assembly. It is largely a position of honour and ministers will be modestly remunerated for that year and will return to being ordinary citizens at the end of their term of office. These minister’s employers will have undertaken to keep their jobs open for them to return to at the end of their year in office.

Action:

Dismiss the present political parties and politicians

We can ask the politicians to resign or present the Government with a petition signed by a million Irish residents demanding them all to resign.

The petition must be of a size that cannot ignored.

via The Future for Irish Politics | Markjrice’s Blog.

via The Future for Irish Politics | Markjrice’s Blog.

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Posted on March 21, 2013, in Government, Ireland, National Politics, politics and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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