We all live busy lives, if we are lucky, and we delegate political decision making to professional politicians. When they drop the ball where exactly does political responsibility lie?
The staff numbers in the Dept of the Taoiseach has risen, according to reports, from 30 to 300 in recent years. That department and DoF call the shots - or at least they call the shots they are allowed to call within the framework of our EU membership obligations.
Political power does not reside in the Dáil anymore, maybe it never did. Here is an effort to explain why:
In the midst of the gravest crisis to afflict the State since the Civil War, our national parliament has no role to play, 141 of our 166 elected representatives have no function. They stand by, as mere onlookers, while the remaining 15 decide in secret the fate of the country.
Most of these 15 TDs (members of the Cabinet) who do have a role were part of what we now realise was the disastrous decision to bail out all the financial institutions. A majority of these 15 were complicit in the decisions and non-decisions over the last decade that have pushed the country into this fiasco.
These people, who on their record have proved themselves incompetent, are again the decision-makers on issues that could propel us into an even deeper crisis in a few months. And the other 141 TDs stand by and do nothing. Many of them have the capacity to prevent this but won’t (ie the Fianna Fáil TDs who are not Cabinet Ministers and the four Green TDs, plus a few Independents).
Crisis makes plain the irrelevance of Dáil - The Irish Times - Wed, Oct 06, 2010
Even his claim that 15 are responsible is not accepted readily. One or two of the 15 are reported to have written to their (Green) party members disclaiming responsibility.
That if true would leave 13. One of those - grandson of De Valera - last night disclaimed responsibility. That if true would bring it down to 12.
Why are we paying these people to take responsibility if they do not actually take responsibility?
I must be missing something and look forward to being enlightened.
Maybe there is scope for a thread on Responsibility and the Senior Civil Servants also.