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What does democracy mean in this country any more?

Democracy is described as “a state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges”

Im my eyes, this is certainly not what I see in this country. Democracy is about choice. What we have now is the periodic casting of a vote that will at best rotate the personnel implementing the same policies. Brendan Howlin, in the run up to the 2011 election, said “we are not in favour of water charges”. Brendan Howlin a member of the EMC, now enforces water charges having sought and obtained a democratic mandate to oppose it.

Enda Kenny tried to get rid of the Seanad for no good reason. Is this what we call democracy?

Is it democratic that an elected TD describes some anti water charge protestors as terrorists?

Are you proud to be living in a country that forced a property tax on its citizens and threatened to deduct it from your wages if you refused to pay? Regardless of your means.

You would never believe that Enda Kenny could be paid more than British Prime Minister, David Cameron or that TDs in Leinster House are paid more than MPs in the House of Commons?

And now these same politicians are stunned that the obedient people of Ireland are protesting?

When the recession took hold, people did not know how to react. Slowly people began to get angry with the system that has failed them so badly. That anger has now progressed to the next most logical stage. Rage.

Dave Carroll

Castle Rd


Co Cork


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