Ireland needs to reform how it elects its public representatives. I believe people should be elected first, then those who have been elected can then run for cabinet. for example, if John Doe gets elected to represent his constituency and he chooses to run for the ministry of finance then he must go to the people again to be voted in, of course he will be challenged by others but at least he is then accountable directly to the people.
It should be the same for all position from Taoiseach (Prime Minister) to the minster for transport and so on. This could in fact create a cross party cabinet. Where a vote of confidence wont be so easy to get by because everyone belongs to the same party. It will in fact create competitiveness between ministers to run their departments efficiently and responsibly in the interest of the people.
I also believe that those voters who put someone into their positions should have the power to take them out of power. If a minister under-performs the voters can collect the signatures of all those who voted for him, If two-thirds of them sign it then he must leave the department and a by-election must be called. This may sound unstable but in fact it offers the people a real chance to be responsibly involved in politics.
It may seem radical but it isn’t, it is in fact real change. This is power to the people.
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