Day 5 Local government-The Saw Doctors of the state.

How do you get nominated to local government?

How do you get elected to local government?

How does partisan party politic work at local level?

What are the strengths and weakness of local government?

Where does it get its money?

What does it spend it on?

These are the questions that I will be asking today. So hold on to your hats. Its going to be a rollercoaster of a ride.

For the rest of these click here Mapping the state-Day 1

How do you get nominated to local government?

Its easy. Any old gobshite can be elected to local government. You can nominate yourself or be nominated by a local government elector in your area of a bog. Or your party just might want to give you a nod because you gave them a few bob at the last election.

How do you get elected to local government?

The gobshite public. Us. We elect them, full of hope thatt they will do their bloody job but, like sex for the first time, we get very disapointed. Anyone over 18, resident in the state and willing to sell their soul has this privaledge.

How does partisan party politic work at local level?

It works like all politics. You scratch my back and ill scratch yours. It’s mostly family led. “My father was a county councilor. His father was a county councilor. His father shot Michael Collins.” As always its a Fianna Fail versus Fianna Blueshirt war. They are the big boys and they don’t like others playing in their back yard. They get the huff and take the ball and say “Screw you guys. I’m going home”

What are the strengths and weakness of local government?

Look. Nobody likes dealing with sewage pipes. So the local lads have to. And do it coming out smelling like roses. It’s a necessity. They work hard doing the mundane little tasks that the big lads couldn’t be arsed doing. Now this leads to corruption. Planning permission given to best mates, golf courses when houses should be built and brown envelopes left, right and centre.

Where does it get its money?

Ah. It’s good at that. It’s very clever. It gets it from a whole range of sources.

  1. Rates-It charges you for the luxury of living in their constituency and breathing the air. It also charges extra if you are a business and have the cheek to employ people and enhance the economy
  2. Local Government Fund-Set up in 1998 to stop corruption, which is quite ironic. This is money. Its composed of motor tax income along with some payments from the Exchequer, is now made up of motor tax, income from the Exchequer and, since 2014, Local Property Tax. And water rates when we bother paying them.
  3. Local Property Tax-Does what it says on the tin. If you have a roof over your head. The gits will tax you.

What does it spend it on?

Water. Pipes. Education. infrastructure. Golf. Holidays in spain. Nights out in the pub. Week long funerals. Silage. JCB’s. And working for the good of the people.

For more information on local government see video below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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