The business of Irish government has been patchwork more often than not.
Ministers have acted more often as administrators than policymakers. We have lost precious money, damage and time as there is no continued set of reliable people to run the country on anything like a long term basis. We have also seen thefts and incompetences reduce the size of our treasury and cause the destruction of our military systems.
On top of this, there is no real communication between the three or four "factions" in eIreland, particularly within government and about government.
Due to these problems, I intend to experiment with two major reforms during my term. These will not hinder the actual ruling of the country if they fail, but will greatly aid the country if they do succeed.
1. Administration: A Civil Service
After consultation with the parties, I would like to institute a civil service. The long term administrators in Finance and Defence will be empowered to do their jobs beyond a single term by referendum, in order to provide the country with stability. The people I have in mind for this are all very long serving citizens with absolutely spotless records, with a heavy list of achievements to their name; Namely Seanan and Appleman.
If the referendum is accepted and the candidates accept their positions, they will receive the titles Secretary-General of the Army, and of Finance respectively. Only their resignation or removal by impeachment by Congress will end this arrangement.
This will allow swift and measured action on any policy set out by their ministers, as well as preventing thefts in future. Ministers for Finance and Defence will still set policy, but will not carry it out directly.
2. The Senate
I intend to appoint various outstanding citizens to the Senate, which shall be informed of various government works and shall advise the government. These citizens shall be appointed on a non-partisan basis, and all PPs will be guaranteed a seat. Hopefully, this will allow a structured means of airing grievances and bringing problems to the attention of the government while guaranteeing a response. The prestige of the individuals in the Senate will give it a decent amount of moral weight to boot.
From these Senators, including the Minister for Defence and Minister for Finance, a Committee on Defence will be formed for the purposes of planning and discussing classified military operations.
I like to do things a little more formally than others, because I believe government should have a structure. I do not intend to take government out of the game mechanics, but simply want to make sure that we have efficient administration, and most importantly, places where people of different views can come together and discuss things in a sane way.
I have seen two civil wars, and have often been at the heart of them, I have no desire to see a third. I think Ireland is a bit weary of it by now, and we need look no further than eBritain today to see the disruption and on occasion, utter stupidity, that civil conflict can bring.
PS: Nith invented fire by shocking the world with his silence, which then set some nearby trees on fire. Luckily, we didn't have to rely on that for long, as Snakeyes promptly started selling flint. Beta was crazy primitive stuff really!
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