I And, no, I do not mean the bull************************/nebulous one FG included in their manifesto, well intended as it was. I mean a reality based one that would sort, for once and forever, the varying and glaring anomalies in our system and the ones that cause many so much annoyance. The ones where the Government plead “constitutional difficulties” as an excuse for the same old policies. I should admit, for those who don’t know, that I am a Government supporter, albeit a rather pissed off one.
1. An amendment that would end, for once and for all, and notwithstanding any other constitutional provision, or contractual arrangement, the practice of future or existing upward only rent reviews.
2. An amendment that would preclude, during the course of Banks reliance on Government, from any banker receiving, notwithstanding any other constitutional or contractual arrangement, any remuneration in excess of the Government cap. I am not a communist and accept that in times of private bank profitability they should pay their executives anything they so wish, subject to shareholder approval.
3. A constitutional amendment providing for a civil court of appeal.
4. A constitutional amendment providing for the remuneration of any former office holder, paid directly from the public purse, not to exceed, no matter whatever provision previously applied, 100k.
5. A constitutional amendment providing that no serving office holder, or public servant, paid directly from the public purse, during a time of fiscal deficit, should be paid in excess of the Taoiseach. Such salary to be, in any event, no more than 150k.
This is only the tip of the iceberg and there are a number of issues, financial related, that could also be dealt with. However, these would prove a good start and ensure some measure of trust and credibility in the Government.
Has anyone any other ideas? Please reserve them to fiscal issues, if you could.
I should also say that, obviously, this is not a panacea for all our ills, but a bloody good first start, in terms of repairing the disconnect as between the people and the body politic.