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Comment #3588941 by Adam Lynch

Adam Lynch Mar 22nd 2015, 9:37 PM #

You couldn’t make up this stuff. And these same politicians can relate to ordinary working people? This parasistic political class needs to be removed from Irish politics. Why are TD’s salary’s not
benchmarked to the average industrial wage of the citizen? Why are political promises’ made by politicians not subject to independent evaluation at the end of each year and their remuneration based on
meeting those promises? We need some fresh thinking in Irish politics.Something more representative of the many.celand were right. Tear up the old constitution, start afresh and protect democracy now from cronyism and self serving
politicians and their nepotism.

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    Favourite Anthony Drohan
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    Mar 22nd 2015, 11:40 PM

    Take a look at Direct democracy. Under that style of democracy if you get enough people to sign a petition then the people can sack a politician if they feel the politician isn’t representing the people properly or doing anything that the people don’t like. They use a form of it in Switzerland and I don’t recall a need for them to ever sack a politician because the politicians know that they’ll get the boot if they misbehave. According to the Wikipedia page, “Between January 1995 and June 2005, Swiss citizens voted 31 times, on 103 questions. During the same period, French citizens participated in only two referendums.”, to give you an idea of the power citizens possess compared to the style of democracy used in many other countries, including our own. Just a thought.

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    Favourite David HIggins
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    Mar 22nd 2015, 11:50 PM

    Switzerland has some major differences – democracy is very local – for example – each village or suburb will decide on income tax rates – and that money will go to teachers – and they can decide pay rates of local officials etc. So you could pay a few % more in income tax than your neighbour in the next suburb.
    It is also so local, that certain areas were able to block giving women the vote until the late 1970s – that’s how much independence each canton has.

    Direct democracy can isn’t necessarily that great – the last vote was on a return to linking the Swiss franc to gold. I don’t know if such super specialised items are something that everyone should have to know about.

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    Favourite Thomas Maher
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    Mar 23rd 2015, 1:13 AM

    Your right of course David, the less the citizens of a state understand how it’s been run the better

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    Favourite David HIggins
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    Mar 23rd 2015, 11:54 AM

    It’s nothing to do with understanding how a state is run. It’s to do with micro-managing complex issues. If you can give me the pros and cons of why the Swiss central bank should buy more or less gold in one paragraph I’d be very grateful.

    I’m happy to admit that there’s lots of things I don’t know. It’s not my job. You might as well ask a team of circus seals, as to ask the general population certain very complex questions about the inner workings of currencies. To pretend that everyone knows, or has the time to study these options is ridiculous. It’s a crazy idea to pretend that an ignorant opinion has the same value as an educated opinion.

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