Posted on | January 17, 2011 | No Comments
For the good of your party, I call on you to give me your number one vote in the upcoming election. This may seem a strange request especially when I say that a vote for me will be in the best Interest of the party you support. Let me explain, the political system in Ireland has to change, it is now a matter of when and not if, by giving me your number one vote you will be sending a clear message to your party that change is needed and unless they will do it now then come the next election Fine Gael will face the same future that Fianna Fail do now, they will become a party consigned to the history books forever.
Giving me your number one vote will not affect the outcome for the two Fine Gael candidates in this constituency, both will still be elected but by giving me your first preference you may be helping to safe guard the future of the party that you support and the future of all of us.
Posted on | December 9, 2010 | No Comments
It is funny, but since I’ve decided to run in the upcoming general election, most people that know, agree with me that the political system in Ireland needs to change, and everyone of them wants it to change, yet all of them believe that change is not possible. This is a sad reflection of our society, have we as a people become so lethargic so helpless that we believe that a man made system cannot be changed, even if that change would improve our lives and even if that change is wanted by the vast majority of the people living here and by those that have been forced to leave our shores in recent months and years.
Have we forgotten our history, it was not that long ago, still in living memory when we were controlled by the British empire, at that time that empire was at the height of its power and spanned the entire globe, it controlled all aspects of our civil society back then, yet this tiny country and its people stood up to this mighty empire and many were willing to lay down their lives and some even did in the cause of Irish freedom. Do we believe that we do justice to these people’s memory by living with a system of our own making, that does not work and that the majority of people want changed?
These people gave us a great gift, it was not just an Independent country that they gave us rather it was the right to choose, to choose how we as a people are to be governed, what type of Government best suited us as a people and as a society, for us not to exercise that choice, is to, in my opinion dishonour their memory.
It is time for people to stand up and be counted, the political structures in this country simply do not work, and it is supported only by those few people that it serves. It discourages capable people from entering it, and as we have a population for just over four million people can we really afford to be putting barriers in the way of capable people entering it. It is time to throw out the likes of Jackie Healy Rea, and Michael Lowry just to mention two but I could list nearly all 166 of them and it’s time to let in people like David McWilliams and Fintan O’Toole, A recent example of this was George Lee, there was a capable man that wanted change to happen, but once he got in he realised that he was hitting his head against a brick wall, he was swimming against the tide and decided to get out before he too drowned. Remember he could have easily, turned around and swam with the others; he would have been assured a good job for life with a gold gilded pension. The fact that he got out before it got to him really shows he is the kind of person we need in politics. He may not have been able or willing to fix Mrs Murphy’s drain down the road, but he may have helped fix the economy and thereby help keep Mrs Murphy’s Children in Ireland and allowed Mrs Murphy to see her grandchildren grow up. He may have brought in a system, revolutionary as it may sounds, where Mrs Murphy could pick up the phone to her local council and get them to come out and fix her drain.
We need change but it will never happen unless we stand up, one and all, and demand change.
Posted on | December 8, 2010 | 1 Comment
Labours spokesperson for finance Joan Burton went into some kind of post budget tirade about how the budget would not enable people to shop more, she compared walking down Grafton Street a few years ago with today, back then she remarked you would see people walking down the street with several bags of shopping whereas today you would be lucky to see them with one.
Does she not grasp the reason why we are in this crisis today, it is true that people were spending back then but the problem was that they were spending money they did not have. It was borrowed money, much of it borrowed from the release of equity in property with hugely inflated prices and the reason they are not spending now is because firstly, there is no more money to borrow and secondly, all of the borrowed money must now be paid back.
It is worrying that a possible successor to Brian Lenihan cannot or will not see this. What future does this country have when those that are running it do not understand simple economics?
We have the best paid amateurs in the world running this country. It is time to change the whole political system so that we get people of substance into run the show for all our sakes. After all it is us that pay their wages, for the kind of money that we are asked to pay do we not deserve the best? Are we not worth it?
Posted on | December 1, 2010 | No Comments
Article one of our constituent states:
“The Irish nation hereby affirms its inalienable, indefeasible, and sovereign right to choose its own form of Government, to determine its relations with other nations, and to develop its life, political, economic and cultural, in accordance with its own genius and traditions.”
If we are to assume that “The Irish nation” refers to the people (although most politicians I feel would assume that it just means them), then it is within our power to change the system we have to one that it more equitable and one that is truly Democratic. One in which all citizens regardless of class, race or religious beliefs are considerate equal and are therefore treated equal in all things regarding the state, be that access to decent living conditions, educational opportunities, access to appropriate health care, and most pressing to a say in how this (their) country is governed. Whilst in theory all citizens have access to the latter of these in fact, as in the former, It is just cosmetic visage.
Remember that the structure that has been forced upon us is a man made structure, and as such can be changed; it is not set in stone. We as a people have somehow been conditioned into believing that it is, and by whom you may ask? Why by those that the current system serves best. The current incumbents that have rigged the system so that it will always favour them, where they can use our tax money, to dispense services (services that by right belong to us) to us as charity in return for your vote. And by the elite that use the system to do their bidding.
If we are to look at the Irish Proclamation of 1916 (a proclamation that all the signatories of it died for) we can find the following:
“The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all the children of the nation equally, and oblivious of the differences carefully fostered by an alien government, which have divided a minority from the majority in the past.”
If we were to changed the word “alien” with “Irish” and the word “past” with “present”, then it is just as valid today as it was nearly a hundred years ago. Nothing has changed, and nothing will ever change until we stand up for ourselves, and demand change, and demand the handing over of our Country to us, its people.
Posted on | November 29, 2010 | 3 Comments
It must be obvious to most people by now that things need to change, if we keep doing what we have been doing, then we will keep getting the same results as before. Unless we are happy with how things are then things need to change and change soon. Over the next couple of blogs I will deal with other areas that need change such as, health, public service and education. Along with what it should mean for us as a people to rebuilt this Country and Society into one that we can rally feel a part of, one in which we can take pride in and one in which we feel like we have an active say in, not only for us but for future generations to come.
Firstly we need real democracy in the country, what we have at present, is a nineteen century system that has been fashioned over the years since then to serve those that are in at the exclusion of those that are out (99% of the population), can this be called democracy? As a people what we need in more say in the decisions that directly and indirectly affect our lives. In my opinion the best way of doing this is to have stronger local Government (direct effects) and a truly national, National Government (direct and indirect effects).
Local Government should have real power, will have a sizeable budget (at present they have only 6% of national spend, and it is proposed to reduce this to zero), and will work in consultation with local community groups and on behalf of the people in the community that can also be included in the decision making process by means of e-government, it will be run by elected people that will be held accountable for any decisions they make, and to protect us from them just sitting back and doing nothing any decisions that they should have taken but didn’t. Issues will be raised and decided upon by these local community groups and then acted upon by the elected official. Everything needs to be open and transparent and done in a consultative fashion, we cannot have all these back room deals and cosy cartels that have plagued the Irish political landscape for so long. Local Government can take control of area that as a people directly affect our everyday lives, the running and management of schools, hospitals, police etc, broad policies can be formulated nationally but be left up to the local councils to implement in the best way that suits the locality.
Nationally we need fewer TD’s (100 in my estimation) but they need them to act on national issues exclusively and not on local issues, the local councillor will look after this, we redraw the constituencies into much bigger areas so that it makes the practice of local politicking physically impossible for the National Politician, and at the same time protecting them from up and coming local councillor in that fixing a pot hole in one area is not going to hold much sway in the entire constituency, in fact we need to get away from the whole notion of the constituency for national elections altogether; it is this structure that gives rise to the idea that the politician is there to represent then exclusively. By getting rid of local issues it will free up their time, it will allow them to take shorter holidays from the Dail as they will no longer have to race back to their constituencies over Christmas, Easter and those long summer holidays to look after they constituents needs, as a result it would be far more family friendly which in turn should encourage more woman to run, something that desperately needs to happen if we are to have a truly inclusive society, you cannot allow work practices to continue that effectively excludes fifty percent of our population, this is simply not Democracy.
If we are to built a new system, we need to be given a greater say in how things are run and once given to act on it, We will have to get over the notion that politicians can or will act for us on an individual basis, and politicians need to stop pretending that they can act so, and should in fact be punished for trying to subvert the due processes that are in place. It should not be up to the likes of Mary Coughlan (as we learned recently in the Donegal by-election) to decide who gets into hospital and by extension who does not. Getting into hospital is a right for every citizen of this country that’s has a need of hospitalisation and not something that is to be dispensed on the whim of some politician in return for the promise of a vote at a later election.
The seanad, In my opinion this was a good idea to begin with, but has been hijacked by those same self serving politicians that I refer to above, if we are to function as a democracy, we need the seanad to act as a group of interested parties whose job it is to make sure that the Dail is working in the best interested of the Country and its People, and not as it at present a dumping ground of politicians that the people have decided they no longer want representing them again is this Democracy? To help eliminate this practice I would suggest that you cannot become a member of the Seanad for at least four years after having lost a Dail Seat in a General Election or from running in a General Election and you may not run for a Dail Seat for at least four years after vacating a Seanad Seat.
There are a lot of things that simply do not work in this Country, but before any of them can be fixed, the political structure that we have has to change we need a structure that is far more inclusive and that gives the people a much greater say in how decisions that affect their lives are taken. We are constantly been told what an intelligent, highly educated and creative people we are, well now it’s time to allow these talents come to the fore, and allow us to participate in the decisions that affect our lives, we can handle mistakes, and wrong decisions as long as we have a say in those decisions to begin with, but to be treated like children or imbeciles, to have any say taken away from us is something that we cannot live with and something that we should not have to live with.
All that we have open to us, is one election every five years, remember that by re-electing those that are there, no matter from which party, is accepting things as they are and will allow things to continue as they are, and not voting is not a protest vote, all you are doing is clearing the way for the main parties to get into the Dail.
I would urge people to use their vote and to vote for change.
Posted on | November 19, 2010 | No Comments
With all the speculation at present regarding Ireland’s 12.5% corporation tax. Maybe it’s time for the Government to look at it again in a more creative way. For instance if they were to raise the tax to say 15% (still half what it is in most other EU countries) but allow reductions on this rate linked to job creation to a minimum rate of say the current 12.5%
By reducing the tax rate by say 0.5 of a percent for every 1000 people a company directly employed here, then it would go along way in reducing the numbers of unemployed people we have at present. And remember each job that one of these multinationals directly creates, leads to as many as five being indirectly created in the surrounding community.
Think of the savings to social welfare alone that this would effect not to mentions the extra income generated from the tax take from these newly employed people. As well as the knock on benefits that greater employment gives to society at large, then everyone would be a winner.
If the extra money generated for the Government was then ploughed right back into our educational system, at all levels, we would be producing the calibre of workers that would help keep these kinds of companies here for the long term and provide us with highly paid long term employment.
Regarding the type of business that a scheme like this would attract and the huge profits that they make, a half of one percent would more that cover the cost to them of employing people here (people that the companies need to employ anyway). Once here they would discover, as with the other multinational companies that have set up here in the past, that we have a huge wealth of talent available in our work force that is a benefit to any company.
It is time for the Government to get creative, at present we are simply bleeding to death slowly, funnily enough more cuts will only cause us to bleed more slowly, but the final outcome will be the same.
Posted on | November 15, 2010 | 2 Comments
What we need in Ireland, is a greater dissolution of power, we the people need a greater say in how the country is run and at a local level, to give just one example, given the current cold spell, we have children freezing in prefabs all across the country, while at the same time the Department of Education sits on a pile of money designated for building works. How could this ever happen?
It happens because all decisions are taken centrally, and are executed within a structure that hinders rather than promotes progress as a result very little gets done, and what does get done costs several times what it needs to. If some sort of local Government was available here in this country that worked closely with, and were accountable to, local community groups, then the parents themselves could organise getting the job done at a realistic price, giving much needed work to local builders. Monies could be partly raised by the parents themselves, provided (and this is crucial) they had a say in how the entire budget was spent, in other words total openness and transparency.
This would have the net effect of providing much needed services, at a fraction of the cost while at the same time providing much needed local employment.
We the people of Ireland need to demand a greater say in how our lives are run. This is our country, our lives and our children’s future we are dealing with here, let’s take control of it back, back from the self serving gombeen politicians and let’s turn this country into a real Democratic Republic.
Posted on | November 15, 2010 | No Comments
Batt O’Keeffe speaking on the RTE programme ‘This Week’, when denying the need for us to apply for any bailout funds, said “that it (the Government) was not going to give over to anyone else – what he called – Ireland’s very hard-won sovereignty”
When (not if) the IMF and the ECB come to our rescue it will indeed amount to a loss of our sovereignty, but no doubt when the time comes we will have all kinds of Minsters and Government officials coming on telling us that it does not, in any way, mean a loss of our sovereignty, well guess what? Whoever pays the piper calls the tune.
Now that it has already been publically admitted that a bailout will amount to a loss of our sovereignty, then we will no longer be in need of our expensive political establishment, we will not be in need of a Taoiseach, Ministers, Junior Ministers and all the self-bestowed trappings that they feel they deserve, the running of our country will come from Berlin, by unelected, albeit less expensive civil servants.
So to all our political overlords, I say, take a bow, well done lads, enjoy your retirement.
Posted on | November 5, 2010 | No Comments
People in need are to be given free cheese through an EU scheme.
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries & Food Brendan Smith said a substantial quantity of cheese would be available for distribution by voluntary organisations from Monday week.
Mr Smith said the EU-funded scheme would enable Irish cheese to be bought and distributed to deprived citizens in the community.
Posted on | November 4, 2010 | No Comments
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