Expense abusers and pension hunters will soon be calling to your door. They will have well prepared soundbites that will have been prepared from a party template to persuade you to offer them your vote. These people have displayed a blatant disregard in the past for you and serve you a disrespect by door stepping you. We strongly advise that the carefully prepared questionnaire is addressed to them for immediate answers.Most of these questions only require a yes or no answer.Do not accept canvassers who attempt to wrangle out of answers with long winded explanations.
1 In the interest of the future of Ireland are you prepared to take a 50% pay cut to your wage if elected? A TD wage is now three times the National average and that is not counting expenses.
2 Are you prepared to adhere to an expenses ceiling that is transparent and at all times accessible to the electorate for scrutiny? To also accept a 20% reduction in the secretary allowance you will receive.
3 Will you agree to a pension freeze until the negative equity of Ireland is addressed and returned to positive growth?
4 Do you think it is fair to reward failure and would you consider helping establish a referendum where all previous pensions were scrutinized and pay was commensurate with past performance?
5 I/we know Fianna Fail, the Greens and Brian Cowen broke it but sound bites are of little use and it is easy to engage in the blame game but can you accept that you were complicit with the economic destruction of Ireland? As you stood idly by and allowed the country to crumble, up to the point that Fianna Fail were only removed by pushing their own self destruct button, do you accept that you were complicit with the ruination of our country?
6 How do you expect to measure the job creation you promise, so to prove that you have delivered on promise? It is easy to suggest that you will remove 100,000 from the live register when the ESRI calculates that 100,000 people will emigrate this year? Also how do you propose to stop the potential asset stripping of this country by foreign investors? Do you actually know how many people are not working or economically productive in Ireland right now? I’ll help, Live Register+Self Employed People out of Work+People whose stamps have expired+Asylum Seekers+ Refugees +Returning Emigrants equals??
7 Can you show me actual evidence of a job your organisation was involved in creating that didn’t involve nepotism or cronyism, that stemmed from an original concept that you or your part were directly involved in and that didn’t have a link to the public sector?
8 As classroom sizes now are now fast approaching the magical average of 39 (40 sees a legal requirement for them to be split), how do you propose to reduce them with so many cuts being enforced on the educational budget?
9 Can you solve the following problem? Can you match the job qualifications to their most suitable Department? Accountant,farmer,solicitor or neuro surgeon to Education,Welfare,Arts or Enterprise.
10 Finally, can you tell me how much your campaign is costing the taxpayer? can you in real time tell me the percentage of the campaign you will be claiming back in expenses from the party or your own personal expense account?