Tuesday 16 January 2018

David Quinn: Changing Constitution a waste of time and money

David Quinn

David Quinn

A constitution that has served a country well ... should only be changed if some provision is doing manifest harm, or a proposed amendment would do manifest good

'If it ain't broke, don't fix it'. So goes the saying and the Government should heed it. But instead of doing so, the Government is set upon establishing a convention to examine various aspects of our Constitution with a view to 'fixing' them.

There is no evidence of any real public demand for a reform of our Constitution. Instead, it is being established at the whim of various NGOs and politicians who either detest the fact that Bunreacht na hEireann is partially influenced by Catholic social doctrine, can't leave well enough alone, or want to amend it so as to give the State more power over our lives.

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