I got another of those damned “Government Information Booklets” yesterday.
We have a referendum coming up the week after next and we are supposed to vote on whether or not to abolish the Seanad [Senate, Upper House, call it what you will] along with some change to the courts system.
So far, the arguments for the abolition of the Seanad run along the lines –
- It costs a lot of money.
- Jobs for the boys.
- It’s irrelevant.
We have heard precious little as to why it shouldn’t be abolished. Seeing as all the main political parties are urging abolition, that’s not surprising.
I shall be voting No.
The answer is simple – because the gubmint want me to vote Yes.
It pains me to vote No as I would love to see that anti-smoker fascist Crown turfed out on his ear but sacrifices have to be made. However I have learned over the years never to trust a single word from any of our politicians. If they told me that today was Wednesday, I would seriously go and check a calendar. When they tell me the financial situation is stabilising, I know we are in deep shit. They told me the EU would be good for us – need I say more?
When the gubmint urges a Yes vote, I immediately seek out a reason, and the reason is plain to see – it gives them more power. Not much more power I grant, but currently the Seanad is there to provide some notion of checks and balances. In my book, the Seanad should not only be kept, but strengthened.
On the face of it, they are urging Yes in order to save money. The sheeple of course will fall for this as it strikes a chord, but it really is all about power. If it were purely a question of money I can guarantee I could save them ten times, if not a hundred times as much by simply going through the books and eradication all those fucking gubmint departments and qangos that do sweet fuck all except produce reports, lobby the gubmint itself and generally do little more than keep seats warm. Give me a red pencil and I can promise I could produce savings of hundreds of millions per year, if not thousands.
I haven’t decided on the Courts bit yet.
I’ll vote Yes if they promise to be more lenient with me next time.