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Would we be better off letting foriegners run the country?

Posted by Jason O on Dec 29, 2009 in Irish Politics |

When the people at Anglo Irish looked out the window, they suddenly realised that everything had changed.

When the people at Anglo Irish looked out the window, they suddenly realised that everything had changed.

Let’s be honest. As a nation, we don’t trust one another. We constantly believe that some “click” or golden circle somewhere is always getting the better over us. On the flip side, we are always trying to get into the self same circles, whether it is the group who “really” run the local GAA or merely trying to get a builder to do something for us without the VAT that everyone else pays.

It permeates our society, to the extent that whilst we are happy to remove honest politicians from office (Dick Spring, Michael McDowell, Joe Higgins) you’d struggle to name any dishonest politicians that we voted out for being dishonest. At the last local elections, we re-elected two councillors, one who had been jailed for corruption, the other named in the tribunals. It’s our culture.

It raises the question as to whether we are actually capable of running a straight country, given the culture. We know that we have to run the country honestly, we’re just not willing to do it ourselves. Maybe it’s to do with the fact that we get very comfortable with each other, and loyalty is the trait, above every thing else, that is respected the most in Ireland. It is also one of our greatest obstacles to progress as a nation.

Imagine if An Bord Plenala was made up of Finnish, Danish and Swedish planners. Imagine if we handed Anglo-Irish over to a team of FBI agents and US Attorneys. 

Even if they couldn’t get a prosecution, we’d feel better about it.   


Dec 29, 2009 at 12:41 am

Accountability, probity, truthfulness, consistency, dependability…is all we need.

Jason O
Dec 29, 2009 at 10:30 am

In fairness, we have accountability every five years on polling day, but don’t use it. Truthfulness? We know which party is more crooked than most, yet choose to re-elect them. Consistancy? We consistantly re-elect them! Probity? We sack our more honest TDs. Michael McDowell took a paycut to be a minister. Look what we did to him.



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