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Same old same old — 7 Comments

  1. Won't matter government wins. What if nobody was registered to vote or no bugger turned up to vote or better yet what if a thousand or thousand voted…tee hee. Government would still win but it would be seen by all for the naked emperor it is then if people still give it their energy then I'd join you in leaping off the cliff.

    • The outcome will be the same no matter who gets in – same policies, same lies, same self-serving.

      I wonder what would happen if there was a zero turnout?  Impossible, because it would only take one vote to elect a gubmint then, and there is always one….

      • Do you really feel folks would accept a government only one of their number who may drop dead right after voting brought into being?

        Over here I have no doubts that would be perfectly acceptable but I had heard the Irish were made of different stuff.

        • Interesting problem –

          Only one person in the country votes, so only one candidate can be elected.  Does he then have the power to grant himself all ministries and act as a gubmint?  Does he have to assume the role of opposition also?  I suppose if he gets pissed off with the task he can always pass a vote of no confidence [unopposed] in himself and call another election?

          • As long as it's a man elected he would be locked into a constant round of going through the process…if it were a woman we are fucked as they multi-task…allegedly!
             

  2. In Washington DC the almighty President phones individual senators and congress members (I almost called them congresspersons, which would have been frightfully pc) to discuss upcoming legislation and ask for their votes. In the Irish party system backbenchers are spoken to in a headmasterly way and told how to vote. They are threatened with a whip rather than a swishing cane. That tradition needs to fade. Do you ever look at 'debates' in the Dail? How often is the chamber empty when a backbencher is speaking? Yep, the real debates are done away from public scrutiny, in party committee rooms. Keep it up Grandad.

    • The only time the Dáil is ever full is when they are discussing TDs' pay or allowances, with maybe a fair turnout on Budget Day [because they know the country will be watching].  Many's the time I have seen a bill being "debated" with about three people in the chamber.  It's a farce.

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