Tuesday 27 September 2016

Politicians continue to bicker while the country is rudderless

Published 05/04/2016 | 02:30

Leinster House: ‘In any efficient business, staff who acted like our politicians would be sacked’. Getty Images
Leinster House: ‘In any efficient business, staff who acted like our politicians would be sacked’. Getty Images

Today, we urgently need a competent, working government.

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Over five weeks ago, we elected 158 people, at enormous cost, to form a government.

What has happened since? Childish bickering over text messages, and who won't talk to whom! All on full pay and while laughing at us, the electorate.

In any efficient business, staff who acted like this would be sacked. Where are our leaders? Where are the experts in negotiating, managerial or even debating skills, let alone common sense? I don't see them amongst our elected representatives.

It appears that our country is left rudderless, and is being controlled by unelected people, through no fault of their own, with no accountability to anyone while the country faces numerous crises, many building up over the past few years.

This begs the questions: will our politicians run the country at any time? Do they spend their time and our money hiring consultants and PR experts to put glossy government/party spin on everything and evade the truth?

And all this to report national happenings to the media to make things look good, while they are paying cronies to produce reports and reports on reports, instead of informing us of actions actually in place to efficiently run our country.

Why do ministers continually, and conveniently, claim that they are not responsible for parts of their department? If this is the case, for what are they responsible?

We are fed up of the excuse "we haven't got the money" for politicians doing nothing. Businesses can't use this excuse, or they would go bust. Instead, companies act immediately by improving efficiency, cutting costs and thus remaining in business.

For example, look at the HSE.

We pay the second-highest contribution per capita for our "health" system and get one of the lowest returns. The reason appears to be due to bad health legislation, bad structure and rotten management. The main problem is not money but lack of competent, capable management of the department.

School teachers, lawyers and some politicians may be good at their professional work but most have proven to be very poor managers. It is now essential that we change our political system, rejuvenate it to allow Ireland to realise her potential for her citizens.

Ireland Ltd is smaller than BP Ltd. We are a democracy and so we must involve people. People with vision, new thinking, and ambition for Ireland's success. We must get rid of the century old party-whip protocols which have lead us into crises, stagnation and the abandonment of rural Ireland.

David Thompson

Cappamore, Co Limerick

 

Salute to a true statesman

When the Dáil meets on Wednesday there will be an expectation of another game of charades between the political parties.

I expect, however, that Enda Kenny will make a decision which will surprise many, but will assist in the coalition of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.

It takes a true statesman to step aside in the national interest.

Enda Kenny, I salute you.

Damien Carroll

Kingswood, Dublin 24

 

Media complacency

Reading and listening to the debate on the post-election situation in the media is a bit depressing.

Much of the present-day coverage of the state of the nation is so complacent it brings us back to the heady days of the Celtic Tiger when, according to the reports at the time, all in the garden was rosy.

At that blissful time, a small number of powerful figures, who were in charge of government, financial institutions, etc, were strutting their stuff and everyone else knew their place.

Today, we have some of the same people strutting their stuff all over the same media, as if nothing had happened.

We all know, to our cost, what the whole Celtic Tiger episode did to all of us. Let's just say it did not end too well.

We certainly need more realism about the post-election situation in this country and more originality about solutions than just a rerun of the complacency of the Celtic Tiger that we see in our media day after day.

A Leavy

Sutton, Dublin 13

 

Glamorising a drug mule

In my view, RTÉ glamorised drug mule Michaella McCollum in an exclusive televised interview broadcast last Sunday night.

It appeared to be a highly choreographed interview which omitted critical questions in relation to her early release and special treatment, while other female drug mules remain in prison.

The convicted and self-confessed drug smuggler tried to give a whitewashed view of her character, while still trying to exonerate herself, by saying that she and her accomplice did not know what they were getting into and were afraid of the people they were dealing with. No questions were asked, either, about incriminating evidence on her mobile phone used by the authorities in Peru, despite claims by her family that they lost all contact with her.

A very large amount of cocaine was seized from Ms McCollum and her accomplice, Melissa Reid, yet they face early release, after every diplomatic string one can think of has been pulled for them.

Maurice Fitzgerald

Shanbally, Co Cork

 

Last weekend, RTÉ decided to 'fill' the Sunday night prime-time slots with two programmes, one about a silly girl caught importing cocaine followed by a programme on an IRA bomber. Is this public service broadcasting? I thought I was watching the Discovery Channel.

John P Masterson

Carrickane, Co Cavan

 

Filth sits on the throne

One thing we have learned from the "Panama Papers" exposé is that there are many people in the world who are in positions of power and privilege who are never content with their lot.

Their greed brought to mind a paragraph in Nietzsche's 'Thus Spoke Zarathustra': "Behold the superfluous! They acquire wealth and become the poorer for it. They seek power, and the lever of power, much money - these impotent ones! See them clamber, these nimble apes! They clamber over one another, and thus pull each other into the mud and the abyss. They all strive for the throne: this is their madness - as if happiness sat on the throne! Often filth sits on the throne - and often also the throne on filth."

John Bellew

Dunleer, Co Louth

Irish Independent

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