Be afraid of the angry electorate, Enda, they may prefer to get a kick at you than get rid of the Seanad

Mary Ellen Synon
June 2013
Daily Mail;6/10/2013, p14
ABOLISH the Seanad? Well, abolish this Seanad, certainly. I have no problem with an upper chamber acting as a pause-button on a lower, more 'popular' chamber. The United States' constitution designed the Senate to be a brake against the House of Representatives; the British House of Lords was from the start a buffer against the popular House of Commons. Fine. But that doesn't mean I like the upper chamber we've got. It is 60 people chosen in such an arbitrary manner that the senators have no more right to influence any part of our laws than the first 60 people who bought Euromillions quick-picks last Friday. Both the US Senate and the Lords were designed to represent different constituencies from those represented by the House of Representatives and House of Commons.


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