Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week December 30, 2012Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
An end of year attack on the PR system in the Sindo. And it’s not Eoghan Harris.
Think of all the quality Irish minds that have seriously struggled over the years to make up a miserable quota at a general election and then to defend it next time round.
Conor Cruise O’Brien, Michael McDowell, Dick Spring and even John Bruton in 1992 all either barely managed to hang on in the Dail or lost their seats over local issues on various occasions.
No mature democracy can be proud of the fact that people as smart and original as these found the PR ride so excruciating.
Any article about democracy that ends by quoting Edmund Burke – democracy’s most ferocious enemy in his time – ought to be satire. But unfortunately not.