My (doomed?) general election manifesto
26 September, 2010
I was thinking of running for the next Dáil with the following manifesto. It seems bonkers, of course, as I would be promising not to do all the things that have become de riguer if one wants to have a hope of election as a TD.
- I will not put purely local constituency interests before national interests.
- I will not help you to jump a queue for spurious reasons.
- I will not help you get something to which you are not in principle entitled.
- I will not hold “clinics” – here are my contact details – please make an appointment to see me, or send me an email, if it’s important.
- If you want assistance on a purely local government matter, well here’s a list of all the local government representatives. Don’t bother me about it…..
- I will not support any Government measure which will increase expenditure significantly, unless it is clear where the extra taxation will come from.
- I will not claim for reimbursement of any unvouched expenses.
- I will publish online all the expenses I have claimed.
- I will not go to your funeral (or that of any member of your family) unless I actually know and like you.
- I will not perform the opening ceremony for your shop/pub/hairdressing business/laundry/….
- If you break the law, I will not plead with the Minister, or with officialdom, for clemency
- I will not accept additional payment for serving on any Oireachtas committee.
- I will spend almost all my available time on legislative and parliamentary matters.
But people are so p****d off with the bunch of useless messenger-boy (and messenger-girl) TDs we currently have, that somebody who promised tough love, and total focus on the important (mainly national) issues, might just have a chance, at least in the larger constituencies. After all, if a voter wants some local issue dealt with, he/she will always have three or four other local TDs to bother about it, so asking people to elect one sensible representative per constituency isn’t such a big deal, is it?
What do you think? Would you vote for me?