The erosion of democracy — 7 Comments

  1. "The real reason they refuse to step back is twofold."

    Actually, I think it's simpler than that. They refuse because they can. Whatever they, or any other Government does, the sheeple will just vote them back in again. In the final analysis, there's no accountability, and that's why democracy has been dead for generations, and will continue to be so until the sheeple have the bollocks to do something different.

    Cheers, Laurie.

    • They would step back if they thought there were votes in it, as indeed there are.  But in this case they have to obey their lords and masters in Brussels who are the ones really running this country.

  2. Politicians require a scarcity of truths and an ample supply of eejits in order to gain office.
    Alas, I feel history will repeat itself at the next general election. (…sigh)

    • Simple question – if the current shower are voted out, who replaces them?  Fianna Fáil?  They are identical in all respects apart from the names of the guilty.  Sinn Féin?  Don't make me laugh!  People may vote for a change but they will end up getting precisely the same.

      • I think that for the first time in the history of the state, we’ve come to a fork in the road that shows us that there REALLY IS no alternative left. The independants have their hearts in the right place but wouldn’t be up to the task; Jarry & Co? Well, I can see a sense of deja vous and compare them with the Langer party at the last election. For the first time in my adult life it seems like there’s absolutely nobody to turn to (or to trust).

  3. InnisEanna, No need to be so pessimistic! When you say the Independents wouldn't be up to the task, you are absolutely right and that is the real point of voting for them. Grandad has shown  very well that we no longer have a democracy so there isn't any task to be up to. Instead we all want to stop the fuckers in power so when we kicked Fianna Fail out we discovered the new lot were the same fuckers in different colored suits. But the beauty of 166 independents is that they couldn't agree to do anything. They couldn't tax your home or your water and they couldn't make you pay USC either. The Civil Service would just continue to run the place as they've always done and nothing would change for years so it could not get worse.


    Grandad, Maastracht and then Lisbon more pressingly, were both votes for either independent sovereignty and democracy or direct fascist rule from Europe. We chose democracy freely and it presented the problem that we had to be seen to democratically vote for enslavement. So we were sent back to vote (democratically) again with threats ringing in our ears 

    – Job DONE!

    • The problem with voting for the independents is that enough would have to be elected to hold the balance of power.  Even then in that situation you'd find independents will to toe the party line just to get into power.  And what's the betting that if a government couldn't be formed that the EU would "rescue" us by appointing their own people [see Greece/ Italy]?

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