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    Speaking on 'The Political Party' on TV3 Minister Mary Hanafin, commenting on the Bev Flynn case, said that the legislation which barred a bankrupt person from being a member of the Dáil. she said that since a person is elected by the people this ought to be respected whether they have money or not.

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    What is the argument in favour of such a law?

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    goodness but FF are really extending the Love to Bev arn't they ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pidge
    What is the argument in favour of such a law?
    If I recall correctly the precedent for the law dates all the way back to Athenian democracy where bankrupts couldn't attend the assembly or vote, as they were too easy to manipulate due to their penury. I think the same idea applies now, that a bankrupt would be too easily influenced by financial bribery
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pidge
    What is the argument in favour of such a law?
    By "buying your votes" you could find yourself bankrupt that was the original logic behind it, it obviusly predated the era of limits on election spending (which are still open to abuse).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddiepops
    Quote Originally Posted by Pidge
    What is the argument in favour of such a law?
    If I recall correctly the precedent for the law dates all the way back to Athenian democracy where bankrupts couldn't attend the assembly or vote, as they were too easy to manipulate due to their penury. I think the same idea applies now, that a bankrupt would be too easily influenced by financial bribery
    Yeah but that argument would apply equally to a law prohiting poor people generally from holding office.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drbob1972
    goodness but FF are really extending the Love to Bev arn't they ?
    If this call had become before the settlement, maybe. Coming after: not particularly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pidge
    What is the argument in favour of such a law?
    The people have no right to elect such people.
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    It's a good law. FF angling to repeal an obstacle to corruption is something that starts alarm bells ringing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dee Four
    Quote Originally Posted by Pidge
    What is the argument in favour of such a law?
    The people have no right to elect such people.
    That's not an argument.
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