- Jan 19, 2018
Why would you use population size as a comparator? Policy doesn't become easier or harder to do depending on the number of people in a country.This actually reads as a p1ss take, but I'll respond as though it's serious. Google, your example, use comparators to set wage levels. Let's go along the same lines and take population size as one of the main variables to set pay levels of politicians once we compare overall pay levels.
Now that would be interesting.
Interesting you mentioned peanuts and monkeys. Pre recession, our politicians were among the best paid in the world. We all know how that turned out.
Good point, it was calculated a few years ago if America had the same representation per population size, there would be 16,000 congress people and senators, makes you realise what huge cost savings we could achieve here by slashing government jobs and pensions
A majority of people who voted in 2013 wanted to keep the Seanad. Regarding the number of TDS we only need 100-110 TDS max.If Ireland was a normal, sane country it could manage with a unicameral parliament of 100 members max.
But its not. Its a messy tribal melange.
If they were any use to the people, the media would do everything possible to influence public opinion in such a way as to have them replaced by useless, compromised ones.The issue isn’t the number of politicians. It’s the quality of the ones we elect. The majority of our TDs are glorified county councillors and the electorate rarely will elect decent national legislators.
We need to move away from the current system and a have a mixed member or list based system. Then combine that with a proper local government system, that has real devolved powers and can raise its own taxes
It's not just about how much we could save, though that's important.Go on then, how much could we save?
We should just pick a person, one person... lets call her Joan..and appoint her, the only politician in Ireland, say you are head of the legislature and the executive, the upper house , local government and the Civil Service reports to you...then we should pay her minimum wage , thatd keep p.ie happy... especially if she was strong on keeping foreigners out, didnt like PRAVDA and hate the shīterimes.This old argument.
Ireland has more national politicians than, say, India. If we had the same ratio of MPs to citizens as India we'd have 1.8 members of parliament.
Maybe thats the ideal ratio.
https://www.independent.ie/regional...-would-bring-back-town-councils-35872374.htmlSinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath Imelda Munster has called for the process to re-establish town councils, which were abolished under the Labour and Fine Gael coalition government in 2014, to be put in motion.
:roll:FF: 'Our bill would bring back town councils'