What are the thoughts about the chances of success of a democratic revolution.
Could a movement begin to radically change our political system with the following terms
1. A new Government for a fixed term of 5 years.
2. The Dail Only, no Seanad
3. The Taoiseach and Cabinet elected directly by the electorate, no opposition, no TD's, no senators.
4. The Programme for Government set out in broad terms for the five year term and voted on by the electorate.
5. This may require a vote to reneige on our sovereign debt relating to Anglo Irish. Let those Bond Holders Whistle. We need the money more than them.Use it to redevelope our economy and our competitiveness internationally.
6. Determine to raise taxes so as to build a soceity rather than an economy.
7. Maximise the salaries for Bankers, HSE Consultants, College Lectures, etc to be say 100k, or have some climbing scale of taxes to say 80% for anything above 200k.
8.Elect a president to listen to the people and give him/her power to turf out any of our Cabinet that is not performing or behaving as they should.
The current shower on either side of the Dail are worse than each other, the man in the street is being driven to death to support those on the right side of the deal. How about we all get on the wrong side of the deal for a while, 5 years, reform under a democratic banner . How would one kick start it off. Who would lead it, and get the role of President. A Peter Sutherland figure, Mary Robinson, Ray McSharry or a total unknown, but somebody that can bring reform.