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Maybe we should record candidates on the doorstep?

Posted by Jason O on Feb 19, 2014 in Irish Politics |

I’m always interested in the effect new technology has on the political system. What’s particularly interesting is the fact that much of this technology, especially social media, has increased the potential of politics to be so much more personal. It’s so much easier, for example, to connect on a one to one basis with politicians.

Yet Irish candidates are still conservative creatures, who put door-to-door canvassing at the top of the campaigning pyramid, the Golden Calf of electioneering. Most still believe, almost certainly correctly, that canvassing is the most effective way of securing first preference votes.

Perhaps voters need to take advantage of that? Imagine if you asked a candidate a specific question, and filmed his/her response on your phone? Wouldn’t that be a fine way to hold them to account?

Of course, they would have a right to refuse to be filmed, and that must be respected.

But a candidate who refuses to go on the record with his/her pledges? Well, as a voter, you can come to your own conclusions about their integrity.

As to the questions? I can think of two which would be great fun to ask on the record:

1. Are you going to run for the Dail?

2. Will you vote to cut local spending to fund a property tax cut, as you will have the power to do? If yes, what local service will you vote to cut?

Just a thought.

2 Comments

Dermot Lacey
Feb 19, 2014 at 9:50 pm

Answer 1 No
Answer 2 cutting LPT not my priority proving needed local services is. However if within that it is possible to cut LPT willing to do so. Record of cutting Commercial Rates is there to see


 
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May 26, 2014 at 11:31 pm

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