Are any of our current political parties suitable to run the country, do we really want our country to be run by corrupt parties within a corrupt political system?
Edited quote from Finfacts
'Nepotism is a common characteristic in Political Ireland. In Ireland, the top three politicians - Taoiseach (Prime Minister), Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minster) and Finance Minister, took their fathers' seat in parliament, as did the Leader of the Opposition. The Finance Minister has also a brother and an aunt in the Dáil (Lower House). Fianna Fáil has a family of three in the Dáil - the Kitts - and one of them succeeded to their late father's seat. Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and his brother Noel are TDs and the father of the Andrews brothers, was a member of the Dáil. On the Fine Gael side, Richard Bruton and his brother former Taoiseach John and several others who succeeded relatives, are beneficiaries of the nepotism system. In 2004, when TDs were precluded from membership of local authorities, relatives took their place.'
Is nepotism a form of political corruption? Wikipedia suggests the following,
'Forms of corruption vary, but include bribery, extortion, cronyism, nepotism, patronage, graft, and embezzlement.'
So by definition the structure of our political system is corrupt, therefore can one expect the persons within the system not to be corrupt? Everyone knows of those little rezoning issues at a local level, the embezzling of public money for a 5 minute limousine journey etc. Yet election after election we vote for these people, creating the political class. Even the 'new' politicians endevour to secure their off springs future from the onset, Donkey Jackie Healy Rae has ensured his sons have their places, Michael no doubt being primed to take over Jackies position as a TD for South Kerry.
So do we continue to support the main parties or is it time to draw a line in the sand and start afresh with a new political system, (for example; the part time dail sits for approx 90 days per year as it did when Ireland has a slow moving economy, the donkey and cart days, now we need a full time dail.) , new parties and a new code of ethics.