Saturday 16 December 2017

Nama can't justify its policies or existence

It makes no sense that the architects of our demise should benefit from our destruction, says James Fitzsimons

The presidential campaign epitomises the weaknesses in the Government's plans for economic recovery. And I use the word "plans" very loosely. In the end, a group of lacklustre candidates produced a winner who, unlike the others, had no skeletons in the closet. The Presidency has become a trophy prize for he, or she, who can avoid elimination. After the fiasco of this campaign it would make more sense to get rid of it.

We are only a small country with a population of 4.5 million people. Do we really need a President and a Taoiseach? As head of state the Taoiseach could move into Aras an Uachtarain and exercise his government duties from there. We would save at least a million euro a year on what is only half a job anyway. It would also set the standard for the kind of pay cuts and reorganisation we need throughout the public sector if this country is to have any hope of economic recovery. Then we would start to make the savings we need.

Neither the President, the Taoiseach, nor any member of the Government will change the fortunes of this country. That would take a radical change of policy and those in charge refuse to do this. Fianna Fail weakened our hold on sovereignty, but the current Government lost it altogether.

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