Thursday 25 May 2017

Our dream team and not a politician in sight

David Robbins suggests an Irish cabinet with a difference

A government with no politicians? For many in Ireland it would be the realisation of a long-cherished dream. For others it would be completely undemocratic. The new Italian prime minister Mario Monti has chosen a cabinet without a single elected politician -- and the Italians are loving it.

The new government in Rome consists of academics, business people and bureaucrats. The parliament's role has been reduced to rubber-stamping whatever measures the ministers come up with.

Could it work in Ireland? The closest we've come is Garret FitzGerald's appointment of academic Jim Dooge to Foreign Affairs in 1981, but appointing outsiders to government has often been suggested. Here, we propose a non-political "dream cabinet".

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