Today we take a look at a talk held by Ben Gilroy, the rest of People For Economic Justice, Ray Whitehead, and Direct Democracy Ireland. The talk in Wicklow was split into three main speakers, Ben Gilroy, Ray Whitehead and Clare Leonard. We will discuss the topics covered in each video in more detail, after each video.
Part One of the Talk in Wicklow
In part one of the Talk In Wicklow, Ben jumps straight into the corruption of the banking sector in Ireland, as well as the political spectrum itself. He covers the claims of the Irish government that they did not know who the bank bondholders were, which People For Economic Justice famously proved wrong on Tonight With Vincent Browne. Ben also discusses a very important topic called Direct Democracy. Direct Democracy is a relatively simple political process, that was a part of the original 1922 Bunreacht Na hEireann, and was removed in the revised 1937 constitution. In this system, any citizen can bring about a referendum on any given topic, provided they can gather a predetermined amount of signatures in support of the issue’s being raised to a referendum. In the original wording of the constitution that number was 75,000. If this system had been in place at 2008, and a bailout of unguaranteed bondholders had been announced, how long would it have taken to gather that number of signatures and what would have been the result of that referendum? We at People For Economic Justice don’t feel it would have taken more than an afternoon.
Part Two of the Talk in Wicklow
This segment covers the history of Direct Democracy, and the actual efforts being put in to get it back. Getting it back is the key element in the new political party, as most people don’t even realise that Ireland had it in the first place.
Part Three of the Talk in Wicklow
The third video is a somewhat harrowing outlook on the current state of the economy, but with some good suggestions going forward at the end.