Our gombeen government and their confrčres in the dail believe that too much money is being spent on a welfare system where the recipients are already living in abject poverty; and on a health system - the experience of which is often akin to a third world health service (or worse, since the HSE has tried to turn our doctors and nurses into mere cogs in the machine). And so on.
But no. This is not the case.
Rather, they are spending too much money on themselves and their cronies. But it is obvious that they will continue to line their own nest and make excuses how this is 'for the good of the country'. The only way for THIS AREA OF SPENDING is to be targetted, is to temporarily relinquish our sovereignty.
a. stop facilitating easy access to the politically favoured to lucrative over-rewarded government contracts, over-payments for land, tax breaks, and subsidies etc.
b. stop government awarding themselves and their cronies salaries fit for kings. - Opposition parties and councillors and quangos and top civil service personnel included.
c. withdraw government facilitated market supports, and break up the implicit cartels that make doing business, renting, going to the doctor, going shopping etc. in this country prohibitively expensive.
d. put an end to certain privileged parts of society being entitled to live off the high rents and mortgage repayments that an 'underclass' are forced to bear.
e. put an end to all types of 'rent-seeking' in our economy
It's a no-brainer - IT IS OUR GOVERNMENT, THEIR CRONIES, AND THE SYSTEM THEY HAVE PROPAGATED THAT IS THE PROBLEM. Not anything else - so, we need to get rid of them until such time as we become properly capable of ruling ourselves. Being capable of ruling ourselves entails such as getting rid of the kind of dumb commercial, partisan, institutionalised narratives promoted by RTE and our national newspapers; making our workplaces more dignified and our workers in general more empowered; grinding the gombeen man into the dirt so that he can never rise again; nurturing our urban and rural environments to better reflect the more worthy facets of our national character; developing our personal capacities for civilised debate so we are better able to listen to other views, and developing an adequate sense of purpose with regard to the greater public good... We would be better able to develop our capabilities in these under another sovereign.
Once we have re-gained these kind of capabilities and maturities, then, it might make sense to talk of ruling ourselves. Until then, relinquishing sovereignty temporarily may hold the impetus we seek to many of the reforms we so desperately need.