Originally Posted by daithimacgroin
well, the OP meant this to be about the Dail,
and i do think there is no need for a Dail at all.
as for constitutional reform, i'd like to see a move towards direct democracy,
Teletext Democracy is what I call it.
No representatives. The decisions and votes that would usually be put to the dail or executive should be put directly to the people.
We've had the technology for years, and education levels are high enough
so why keep using this antiquated imperfect corrupt form of indirect democracy?
It's not like the people in the Dail are anymore knowledgeable or wise than the ordinary man in the street.
I think a form of democracy where the public are involved in the decision making process is what we should strive for, however it is a lot more complex than what you are suggesting. Direct democracy is a nice idea but it doesn't tackle the very different views people hold and the fact that a lot of collective decision making descends into bickering.
If we are to have a truly citizen oriented democracy the first thing we need to do is to comprehensively reform the education system. One of the main problems I see with transitioning to this type of democracy is that-
A) We collectively lack the required knowledge of the political system (electoral systems, institutional design etc.) -
B) We lack the skills to be able to make deliberation possible
C) Our current political system is too centralized to make collective decision making efficient and effective
D) This would require constitutional overhaul in terms of who is allowed make legislation, the powers of the dail, the electoral system, the fact that our constitution sets out the rules of a representative democracy etc.
It is a massive undertaking to change or democracy. Personally I would favour a deliberative form of democracy with direct democracy coming in the form of referendum voting procedures for any decisions made.