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When will we break the FF/FG/LAB mould and vote for some real alternatives for real changes in our current ''democracy''.
Sunday May 19, 2013 18:37 by Fionuala Ni Cionnaoith
First of all i would like to introduce a misson as to what direct democracy would like to achieve:
What is direct democracy?
Direct democracy is a form of democracy in which the people have the right to:
Select their own candidates to represent them.
Call a referendum on any topic if a sufficient number of people deem it necessary, by gathering a set number of signatures.
Create legislation and put it to a referendum if a sufficient number of people agree with it, by gathering a set number of signatures.
Recall, remove from office, any representative deemed to have acted in breach of their terms of employment.
Implementing direct democracy in Ireland returns the power to the people to call referendums, instigate legislation, and recall representatives who fail to perform.
STOP Bondholder Payments: There is no legal liability for Irish people and their children to pay for private banking debts.
REDUCE Family Home Mortgages: A substantial write down of personal debt to keep people in their homes and stimulate our domestic economy.
ABOLISH All Taxes on Family Homes: “It is morally wrong, unjust and unfair to tax a persons home” – Enda Kenny, 1994.
PROTECT Services & Allowances: Review all cuts made to essential services and people’s vital allowances.
CUT Business Rates: Reduce costs for business to help make them more affordable and competitive thus protecting Irish jobs.
PREVENT State Asset Stripping: Keep water, oil, gas, forestry, fisheries and mineral assets working for the people.
I don't see one thing that i disagree with - Under our current coalition government we are being cooperatively being screwed by both parties.
When will we finally break the LAB/FG/FF/SF mould?? - They are all populist parties full of dubious characters,and don't get me started on our self serving ''independants''..
Joan burton and her job bridge, paying millions to job bridge to rob what could be a paid job from the community,instead of attracting real paid work.
Councils getting paid via PRSI off of peoples working tax, and getting paid through the property tax, which holds no merit at all - are they going to mow my ****ing lawn anytime soon for what i pay on my property?
Its a no purpose tax as far as i'm concerned, as they already get paid by PRSI off of peoples tax.
Now they are getting paid off PRSI and the property tax.Ive seen potholes down the end of my road that still need doing.
Were not getting a fair deal off our government. I think its time to vote direct democracy, for us all to have a real opportunity to affect change in the system, instead of leaving it up to greedy double jobbers, tax evaders, and expense scammers, like we have in the Dail
I like the part where Ben Gilroy of DD says he would like to see a mechanism whereby we can RECALL any politician that has acted in a dishonest self serving manner, i.e. tax evaders, fraudsters, expense scammers,double jobbers,fixing posts for their own etc.
Ben Gilroy seems passionate and genuine about delivering democracy by bringing back article 47 and 48 of the Irish constitution which the last shower of politicians abolished for their own personal gain.
What good are these so called representatives when they pass laws soley to suit themselves and their own personal agendas? Do they represent us when they do things like this?
The coalition at the moment peppered with the most dubious of independents is a rouges gallery at best - time to vote for someone new? Any thoughts on direct democracy and what they can bring to the table?
Your opinions please.
http://directdemocracyireland.ie/ for further reading.