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Is it not very obvious that our new Democratic guardians (Citizens Assembly ) brief is less than a vehicle for serious democratic improvements and more in the vain of Rome’s elites bread and circus distractions of the masses!
How about the idea, that in this year of referendums fever, some thought might be given to the notion, that the seat occupied by a TD, is actually the property of the Citizens of the Nation, and not that of individual TD’S, their families or Party!
Can it really be considered, truly democratically satisfactory for any given TD or their families to keep sway over the privilege of public representation for forty years? surely the citizens of this modern progressive society would be best served by placing limits on the number of consecutive terms that a TD is allowed to serve!
Question is, are there others who would see this as a suitable and desirable subject for a referendum, streetdogs.blog would welcome viewpoints from all persons interested in this and similar ideas, as how to improving Public Representation, turkeys voting for Christmas are especially welcome!
A friend of my mine was talking to me about her Mytaxi credit card account, commenting that every time she orders a Taxi on the app. before the app allows the summoning of a Taxi, she is charged 50c., not a large amount but the lady say’s there is nothing to her knowledge, in the terms & conditions when she signed up to use her card on the app and that it is being done without her consent !
Speaking to Taxi Drivers providing their service via the Mytaxi app, they say the 50c, charge is a charge sent out against the card before the provision of a service, to check the card is still valid and accepting Mytaxi charges, and that this 50c charge is refunded to the customer’s account at the end of the processing of the fare on the credit card!
Speaking to my friend about this aspect of the 50c, the lady claims, that she has not any 50c refunded to her account in all the time she has been using the app and that her account commenced the time that Halo began. In light of what the Taxi drivers with Mytaxi had to say about this, I suggested that she should complain to Mytaxi and invoice them for the total gross value of the outstanding non-refunded 50c. Her retort to this was, Mytaxi were quite happy that all of their customers, would just let this matter go.
One is given to wonder, what view Mytaxi has on the sense this 50c subject?
streetdogs.blog, the word on the street, received a comment from a reader, NotAName who states that the 50c is refunded, but Mytaxi customers can expect this to take up to the three days to appear on their account!
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This morning I was watching Channel4’s Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares USA. the format I am sure all are aware of . Then this evening I was watching RTE’s Fair City, The story line involving Paul Brennan’s involvement in the restaurant was an absolute re-run of the format and dramatic scenes in the episodes, from Channel4’s Ramsey’s kitchen Nightmares USA.
Surely RTE script writers could do better, at developing a story line of their own!
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As I walked into my local Tesco store today, I realised, I had for the third consecutive visit, forgot to bring my Tesco discount vouchers, was giving out to myself for not putting them in my wallet but then said to myself why should I have to place paper vouchers in my wallet, when I already have a Tesco Club Card in my Wallet!
Surly Tesco could program that Tesco Club Card to deduct the Voucher value from my bill at the till when being scanned with my payment. As it happens my next port of call was to the local Topaz , where I refueled my car, and along with my payment presented my Topaz Play or Park card, which credited me with the value of the purchase towards accumulating my points on the card towards future discounts, and simultaneously discounting the current valid discount from the current purchase cost being charged Now if Topaz can achieve this , why not Tesco?
Now think of the savings in paper waste to Tesco itself. Remember standing behind a person at the Tesco Till, with an overflowing trolley, after every item has been scanned, this person is then having to sort out paper vouchers to hand to the cashier, who then has to scan each one, and some people have quite a lot this slows the till lines down no end, imagine this all being sorted with a Tesco Club Card automatically!! What’s this about ” Every Little Helps ” This would also ensure customers did not lose out because vouchers passed use by date ! ( thanks to Helen from Carlow for pointing this aspect out to me).
Hopefully when Tesco Management come to realise the value of this suggestion to , their customers, the enviorment, and Tesco’s own over heads, they will be nice and professional enough to credit this person and their blog with a nice thank you streetdogs.blog.
Now that we have just escaped a panic general election this side of christmas, perhaps we could give some time before the next one, to consider how democratic the process really is and how it is suited to the requirements, interests and expectations of this modern day society!
To set the ball rolling , lets consider just one particular aspect of public representation! to who do the individual Dail seats belong, the citizens, the political parties or the individual TD and their relatives?
Should a TD be really allowed to roll on, election after election ,being the candiate for election to the Dail, for fourty years or more ,or should there be a restriction as to the number of consecutive terms a TD may serve and if so, could this not be extended to Senators and the Office of An Uachtarán
Would this not be a suitable subject for the next round of Referenda admendments?
Reading Jennifer Thompson’s, (Social Policy Development Officer at St. Vincent de Paul) essay in the Sunday Independent , 19th, November 2017, on of all pages, ANALYSIS , page 23, supposedly discussing “, Now is the time to make having a home a Constitutional Right “. a person cannot but shudder at the thought of a carbon copy of the British Britex referendum farce!
This was a golden opportunity to put foreward a clear proposal as to what would be meant by the right to having a home , for the State & Goverment, the public, the individual Citizen. How it would be implemented in the immediate moment, the short , intermediate and long term future? Will it be totally universal to all people living in the State, or restricted to those who qualify as Citizens? will a person born a millionare be as equally entitled as an unemployed person on the bread line?How would this Constitutional right to a home be funded, what are the tax implications of this for every citizen,? from where are the Funds to achive the objective coming from?
It is reasonable for people to feel that those who claim to have concern for an issue of complex social, economic and political outcomes, should address the issue of the foundations of what is claimed as the answer to those issues,Least we end up with a meaningless Constitutional right to a home!