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Thread: How can Parish Pump politics be ended?

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    Default How can Parish Pump politics be ended?

    The short answer is whenever the parishes so decide.

    But matters which would help:
    - larger constituencies with fewer TDs
    - the addition of a list system, elected from the unsuccessful candidates in proportion.
    - a ban on politicians (like the DPP and Nama non-interference clauses) in planning, social welfare appeals, medical card applications, passports.
    - priests to embarrass any politician attending a funeral of someone he/she does not know.
    - Dail to sit 4 day week.
    - requirement that any person elected a TD must have their job available to them, if they lose their seat (like teachers)

    Anything else?

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    Now with all the kerfuffles pertaining to corporate donations.
    I don't think it'll ever end.
    Easy money to be had.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Congalltee View Post
    The short answer is whenever the parishes so decide.

    But matters which would help:
    - larger constituencies with fewer TDs
    - the addition of a list system, elected from the unsuccessful candidates in proportion.
    - a ban on politicians (like the DPP and Nama non-interference clauses) in planning, social welfare appeals, medical card applications, passports.
    - priests to embarrass any politician attending a funeral of someone he/she does not know.
    - Dail to sit 4 day week.
    - requirement that any person elected a TD must have their job available to them, if they lose their seat (like teachers)

    Anything else?
    give more power to local government in the hope that national politicians work for the national interest ... ?

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    I see no harm at all in national politicians being close to local issues. It seems to me that it's one of the best aspects of our current system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonic View Post
    I see no harm at all in national politicians being close to local issues. It seems to me that it's one of the best aspects of our current system.
    Therein lies the paradox though. Can you have a national politician working closely with local issues?

    Afterall we do elect local government too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonic View Post
    I see no harm at all in national politicians being close to local issues. It seems to me that it's one of the best aspects of our current system.
    I'm inclined to agree. Isn't it said that "all politics are local".

    Doesn't the Gentleman from Texas represent the people of Texas when he speaks in Washington?
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    Simple solution: stregthen the powers of local councils and either allow them to collect rates or pass a law stating a certain percentage of taxes collected in the county must be given to the county council.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrFunkyBoogaloo View Post
    Therein lies the paradox though. Can you have a national politician working closely with local issues?

    Afterall we do elect local government too.
    Not only do I believe you can, but I believe it would be much the worse for us if the politicians who voted on a national level did not have a complete understanding of the issues on the ground and they will only get that from constant contact with their voters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrFunkyBoogaloo View Post
    give more power to local government in the hope that national politicians work for the national interest ... ?
    I don't understand why TDs are involved in local issues at all. What is the purpose of having local politicians at all?

    I also don't understand how or why TDs get people medical cards. Surely if someone is elligible for a medical card they will get it. Can a politician get a medical card for someone who is not elligible?

    I do not understand why people want politicians who are not family friends at their loved ones' funerals. Why is the appearance of a person on an obvious PR job a comfort to the bereaved?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonic View Post
    Not only do I believe you can, but I believe it would be much the worse for us if the politicians who voted on a national level did not have a complete understanding of the issues on the ground and they will only get that from constant contact with their voters.
    Casualbets unanimously supports Tonic's comments. He couldn't better put it himselves.

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