A National Government of Unity
Many in Britain, who came through the harrowing years of war,
the London blitz, the struggle to defend against invasion and the eventual
defeat of Germany, recall the period as one of great personal fulfilment and
satisfaction. British political parties set aside their
differences and formed a national government of unity for the duration of the
war. The prime minister’s inspired leadership
rallied people to the cause; the parliamentary routine of peacetime was abandoned. A united people responded to the challenge and,
under conditions of great hardship, contributed to the war effort and… Continue reading...
The Challenge of Institutional Reform
The political leadership of ‘nouveau riche’ Ireland failed during
the past decade to make policy based on evidence; opportunity and public
resources were squandered. Now, as
Ireland stares bankruptcy in the eye, we have no option but to abandon the
irresponsible fiscal philosophy of the Ahern and McCreevy era: we
don’t have it, so we can’t spend it.
We must search for something rational and get the words and
While expenditure on road infrastructure has clearly been
beneficial, in other areas throwing money at problems has not worked. The most glaring … Continue reading...
Addressing the Talent Deficit in Government and the Public
The democratic institutions of the Republic remain remarkably
unaltered since the foundation of the State. This may be seen as an achievement,
and in ways it is, but it provokes the question whether these are still the
best choice for the governance of Ireland. The STV (single transferable vote) electoral
system, favoured in the English-speaking world when adopted by the first Dail,
is still retained, even though abandoned across the globe by every other democracy
with the exception of Malta. Almost all the states of post World War … Continue reading...