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[Elections] Government Reform (and how Nith invented fire!)

Day 1,868, 03:51 Published in Ireland Ireland by Brian Boru

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.

Brian Boru.

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!



MR. HANK SCORPIO Day 1,868, 03:56

Civil Service = great, something I'm glad to see happening! We can't afford to have inexperienced ministers in those positions and, as has been proven, Seanan & Appleman run those offices with brilliance!

Senate is a good idea but I dunno if it will work.

Liam Tatlock
Liam Tatlock Day 1,868, 04:48

All sounds eminently sensible as continuity is always a good thing. Would the Senate be a combination of MoF/MoD and trusted/reliable Congresspeople? That, I think, would be better than choosing non-Congress for that role, so effectively a Select Committee of Congress.

Winston Hope Smith
Winston Hope Smith Day 1,868, 07:39

Interesting ideas

Looking forward to see this in action

moomoohead Day 1,868, 09:18

Like both ideas.

Suggestion: an economic council to recomend long term econimic policy in this country. People like sweet and Nogin would be on it. Probaly already exists in an informal way. I think we need a 3 to 6 month plan, ie how much do we set aside to build reserves and how big of a budget do we set each month. Every CP would want the monthly budget big but that might not be in the best interest of the country.

Will be an interesting month BB, Good luck.

Brian Boru
Brian Boru Day 1,868, 10:30

The problem with long term economic planning is that it can fall to pieces in mere minutes, but I suppose that isn't an excuse against trying 😛

Sean MacDiarmata
Sean MacDiarmata Day 1,868, 10:31

Gonna be a good term with Boru as CP

Stilpo Day 1,868, 10:47

Interesting ideas. Not sure how necessary or viable they are but at least you are thinking outside of the box.

Nogin the nog
Nogin the nog Day 1,868, 10:48

Good luck Brian, all sensible measures that will provide for long term stability/growth

Raven Anarcho
Raven Anarcho Day 1,868, 13:02

voted harrrd

AppleMan Day 1,868, 16:21

Good luck. Alot on the table here. I definately look forward to budget input and planning. Will be interesting to see it in action, if you're elected.

Just don't go crazy - a successful government must have checks & balance.

Death and Taxes
Death and Taxes Day 1,868, 16:45

Continuity in Finance is now seen as an absolute necessity for obvious reasons. I would argue that Foreign Affairs is a precedent over Defence though. I like the cut of your jib Brian, at least you're triyng to shake things up........but........your term should be about what alliance you join as a priority even though MUFC has steered us on to safe shores.

binksy Day 1,868, 20:03

next article tell them about the time nith lost his pants or how there wasent enought vysy 😛

Brian Boru
Brian Boru Day 1,868, 20:59

Malbehk there is an FA article to come 😛

Lord Scego
Lord Scego Day 1,869, 00:58

Nice article V and S

Is the senate going to be based on lets say Roman or is it going to be like the american or Irish ones or is it something way different ?

MR. HANK SCORPIO Day 1,869, 01:09

God I hope it isn't anything like the real life Irish one, Appleman will really have his work cut out for him then! xD

Frank Dobbs
Frank Dobbs Day 1,869, 03:30

Civil Service is the key to making sense out of democracy. A Senate needs to provide a channel for independent thought, so should not overlap too much with a Cabinet (made up of Ministers).

Brian Boru
Brian Boru Day 1,869, 06:39

^ The Senate will not be overlapping with the Cabinet at all, though MInisters will be entitled to access to its channel etc.

Lord Scego, it'll be based on the Roman Senate, i.e. no technical power, but great moral power due to the prestige and experience of its membership

Dylanb9216 Day 1,869, 08:34

You should have just said

''I want that medal''

Releasethe Krakken
Releasethe Krakken Day 1,869, 14:47

Everything you say in your article is not possible beyond 1 term(month) not only will the next cp be able to appoint his own administration but also will he be able to take affective control over all aspects of government. likewise the congress will overrule a senate and already has a discussion aspect "the debate section". as a democratic game your system will lead to a totalitarian system which is effectively already in place. so NO to all of your ideas not only are they unrealistic, lacking of game knowledge(noobish).but also overpower certain people.

Raven Anarcho
Raven Anarcho Day 1,869, 15:04

I support your ideas, and wish you luck this election... with that being said Dylan's comment is still hilarious.

Brian Boru
Brian Boru Day 1,869, 16:56

Kraken, if the next CP overrules two of our most experienced and able administrators, that CP is going to look very bad indeed without just cause.

Furthermore, the Senate is not a legislative body, the Dáil won't be overruling it, it won't be engaging in any totalitarianism, and it's precisely because of the lack of measured debate that we need a Senate in the first place.

Digits 05637716
Digits 05637716 Day 1,869, 18:21

Will the people appointed to the Senate receive expenses? Travel expenses, secretary expenses, shoe allowances, that sort of thing? And perhaps, instead of calling it the Senate, maybe it could be the Politburo, or to put it in Irish - An Pholitbúró ...

Brian Boru
Brian Boru Day 1,869, 18:34

Nope, Senators aren't getting expenses lol

Also, a Politburo is simply a Russian word for the Cabinet 😛

Grainne Ni Mhaille
Grainne Ni Mhaille Day 1,871, 05:43

"great moral power "
Well, **** me, you must be some kinda wizard if you can achieve that!
I shall enjoy watching the oul sod from afar, this month.
A lot.

Nithraldur Day 1,881, 14:53

Binsky, maybe the pants....caught fire!

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