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national | politics / elections | press release Saturday May 12, 2007 04:14 by Anarchist - Workers Solidarity Movement
Irish Anarchist Organistion, the Workers Solidarity Movement, today launched a campaign to encourage public understanding of our democratic system in the run up to the general election. The campaign will focus on groups such as young people, the working class and ethnic minorities, who have a history of high rates of abstention.
The campaign launched with a nationwide canvas in which members of the public were asked to give the reasons that motivate them to go out there and vote for the politician of their choice. Activist Sean Browne remarked on the strong feelings on show - "politicians are highly respected members of our society and many of the ordinary people on the streets and boreens of Ireland feel a genuine sense of affection for their wily ways, they just can't wait to elect them back into power (give or take a few changes of course!)".
Below, we include a list of the most enthusiastic responses we received on our canvas. We will be circulating a newsheet with their opinions and enthusiasm to marginalised groups around the country in the hope that everybody else will be just as excited as they are when it comes to casting their votes!
The People's Voice
The Party Political Broadcast
In case you didn't notice, the above press release is satirical. However, this campaign is real and is attempting to get across a serious point. There is very little democracy in our system of "representative democracy" and the results of elections make very little difference to what happens in practice.
However, happily there are other ways in which people can have a say in how our society operates. Large numbers of people are active in political life and involved in campaigns, trade unions, community groups and residents associations. If people want to regain some democratic control over how our society operates, we're going to have to do it from the bottom up. If democracy is to have any meaning in our lives, we are going to have to get involved in our communities, stand up to the government and the other centres of unaccountable power and insist that we have a say in the decisions that affect us.
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This post proves something that I've been thinking for a long time - that commies/anarchojackets or whatever they call themselves have no sense of humour.
This, on the other hand, is funny (see link)
DO YOU remember when we voted to give away the €51 billion Corrib gas field to Shell and Statoil? No, well maybe you remember the day we voted to join the Iraq war by allowing US warplanes to re- fuel at Shannon? Or the time we voted to give tax breaks to private hospitals for the rich? It’s amazing how few decisions we are allowed to take. We do get to vote in the very occasional referendum and about a dozen general elections in an average lifetime, and that’s it. What's wrong with electoral democracy and what can we do about it? Find out more at the below link.
My God.... This is more patronising than the PD's slogan 'Dont throw it all away'....
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