In the United States the government has shut down. In Ireland the people have voted to keep the Senate. I think it is true to say that the Irish people want a reformed Senate.
In the United States the Republicans want to kill Obama’s health care act. They have no problem with the state looking after members of Congress, prisoners, the old and the very poor. Hard working middle America can drop dead as far as they are concerned. We cant understand the lack of compassion the ultra right have in America. I find in sick. Even the right wing British Tories support the NHS. The shutdown also shows that parliaments are superior to the US system.
In our anti political mood at home I get worried. Do we want to replace democracy with dictatorship and slavery? Less politicians means more experts means less democracy means more slavery. I find the new local government reforms have problems. We will have too few representatives. The unelected officials will have the same power. Local democracy will be gutted. Instead of being a free person you could wake up wondering where has our freedom gone.
Value freedom, go out and vote. Make a difference. People died and people are dying for freedom. During the 2nd World War and during the early Cold War both left and right united to defend democracy, They also united around the idea of the mixed market. Unlike the Tea Party in America they had humanity.
John O Brien.