Yesterday I read the news that Sean Sherlock had sign into law the “not” Sopa Ireland law. Despite 80,000 people saying please don’t. Despite businesses in the tech industry saying it was a bad idea. At the same time he announced a public consultation on copyright law in Ireland… Why he had to bring in the law before the consultation is beyond me, but that’s politics in Ireland..
On the same day Éamon Ó Cuív listened to his conscience (or at least the bit of his conscience that wants him to be re-elected) and resigned his position as deputy leader of Fianna Fail… Leading to a multitude of jokes on twitter about it being 90 years on and once again an eamon and a micheal are splitting the party over a treaty.
Let’s not forget Inkgate.. where Sinn Fein’s Aengus Ó Snodaigh managed to consume over €50k in toner ink in just under 2 years.. maybe that’s a reasonable amount of ink.. who knows..
It seemed to me, reading these stories that politics is broken. Politicians complain that people don’t’ get involved, but when they do get involved they get ignored. I can guarantee you that we will not get a grown up debate on the EU referendum.. instead we’ll get threats and cajoling.
I’m an adult. Treat me like one. Give me the respect of engaging in a proper debate with facts, and not spun opinion!.
So I sent out a tweet in exasperation asking who I should vote for in the next election.. closely followed by a tweet wondering if anyone would be interested in forming a new party..
People were. I got suggestions of forming a Pirate party, a Crafters Party (which morphed into a makers party).. a party that wasn’t nominally “left” or “right”.. A party that focuses on being scientifically literate and technologically adept.
Here’s what I want:
•A Party that treats me like a grownup. I understand that we’re in a bad place financially. The dog on the streets know we’re going to need a second bailout. If I know it, the markets do, and no amount of grinning and saying we’re on track is going to change it. Be honest with me. Trust me to make the right decision with all of the facts.
•A party that gets the modern world. The internet is global. The future is global. We need a party that gets that.
•I’m pro Europe. I think there’s a lot that needs to be done differently, but I think it’s generally a good thing. I’d like a party that’s not anti-europe.
•I want a party that’s pro-education. There’s a level of short sightedness in cutting education funding. I know we have no money, but education, research and development is the future. If we could even introduce a class in critical thinking (and remove religion) then we could go a long way to increasing young people’s ability to adapt to new possibilities. I think space needs to be provided for user lead groups like coder dojo. We need to let kids enjoy knowledge.
What do you want from your government? What party would you vote for? Don’t let our generation and the one that’s coming up after us be written off as uninvolved.
I get that politics is ultimately about compromise. To get the least worst solution. And that it’s hard. But I think we owe it to ourselves to try and make it better.
Here’s what we need to do in order to register as a new party:
To be registered, your party has to satisfy the Registrar that:
•It is organised to contest elections
•It does not have less than 300 recorded members aged 18 or over. A party that applies for registration as a party organised to contest elections in part of the State, local elections or elections to Údarás na Gaeltachta only needs 100 recorded members aged 18 or over and at least least half of the party’s recorded members are on the Register of Electors. Or
•The party has at least one member who, at the time of the application, is a member of the Dáil or a representative of the European Parliament and who certifies in writing to the Registrar that he or she is a member of the party
•In the case of a party that applies as a party organised to contest only local elections, the party has at least three members who, at the time of application, are members of a local authority and who each certify that he or she is a member of the party
•In the case of a party that applies as a party organised to only contest elections to Údarás na Gaeltachta, the party has at least one member who, at the time of application, is a member of Údarás na Gaeltachta and certifies that he or she is a member of the party.
In addition, the party must have a constitution, a memorandum or another document or set of rules that have been adopted by the party and that provide for:
•An annual or other periodic meeting or conference of the party
•An executive committee or similar body elected by the party, which administers the business of the party.
Maybe this will go nowhere.. but maybe we’ll start something good, something that strikes a chord, something that works. Maybe I’m just naive**.
still… how about it.. Want to start a party?