The Honey Pot
Well, they are out of the traps and running.
The election campaigns are already in full swing, and so far I am thoroughly underwhelmed.
So far, all I have heard is the usual petty point-scoring and bickering, each party trying to outdo the other by catching them out on trifling matters and essentially just confusing people.
They have all missed the point.
They think we wanted the old crowd out and a new crowd in. Wrong. We wanted the old crowd out of course, and the quicker the better, but we don’t want to replace them with a bunch of different faces spewing out the same tired old policies that have destroyed the country. I have lost count of the number of times I have heard that what we want is a different system, not just a different party.
The old system is corrupt, expensive and it doesn’t work. Representatives that are elected on parish pump issues are by definition not the right people to run the country. They may be good at getting pot-holes in the road filled, or fixing peoples driving test problems, but that does not qualify them to negotiate far reaching financial policies with foreign banks, or understand all the petty regulations which are foisted on us by Europe.
It is my contention that the system will never work all the time we elect people on local issues who then have to deal with national issues. By all means, elect people on local issues, but let those elections be for local councils and not the national parliament. National elections should be on national issues only, and furthermore should be based on an all-Ireland constituency. If I like the policies of Joe Rasher from Galway, I should be allowed vote for him and not the plonker who is standing in my area. Furthermore, this system would allow for far fewer TDs. Why do we elect 166, who spend their time not turning up, when a handful would do? Essentially the government in power only needs say two people for each ministry. The rest are superfluous and damned expensive.
The way we are going now is just going to lead to a repetition of the old problems – TDs who see the Dail as a cosy honey pot where protection of their own salaries and pensions is more important than the protection of the country.
That may sound cynical but I have been watching Irish politics for too long.
Here here Grandad. But alas we all know this will not happen and frankly I am not sure who would even be able to overhaul the system? Back to good old 70’s and 80’s, high unemployment, massive emigration, the only difference now is that there is even less money to spend on critical National infrastructure projects, housing, hospitals etc. So in short Ireland will be a dead man walking for the next 10 years. Oh, and not to mention the huge debts that people are saddled with.
I see houses being abandoned by their owners left and right over the next 3 years, this already happened in the States, and continues to happen.
we don’t want to replace them with a bunch of different faces
You missed an ‘e’ out of the last word in that sentence!
Irish politics, you say?
Thought for sure you were busting chops for our elected idiots….
Doc….like the Bush Bunch was such an honest, upright gang of thugs.
Paul – Of course it isn’t going to happen. The only ones who can make it happen are the incumbents. Do I hear the words Turkey and Christmas?
Bill – I did indeed. Heh!
Doc – They are the same the world over apparently.
The missus’ plane is taking off right now. On her way to Manchester. Will be flying over the manor about 0900 hrs GMT. You got any of those heat seeking missiles left?
TT – What’s it worth to you? Those missiles don’t come cheap, you know, even on eBay.
From today’s letters page in the Irish Times:
Madam, – One pole in Dunshaughlin today displays posters for Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Tom Duffy’s Circus.
Never has it been so easy to make up one’s mind. – Yours, etc,
That is brilliant!! You can’t beat the Irish for a cynical sense of humour.
Ah Mossy – that’s the best I’ve heard in a long time.
Like your ideas Grandad.
Likelihood of happening this time round – zero.
(Meanwhile I’ve just invented a way to save the economy – http://wp.me/pDjed-Il )