Once again, because I am committed to digital democracy I cannot make pre-election commitments that may conflict with implementing participatory voting (even if they are unlikely to). Nonetheless, while I cannot put my signature to anything, I make an effort to lay out my personal views on each issue, so that voters are aware of how I intend to set my priorities in the event that they do not directly choose to vote on the issue themselves.
I have signed the Repeal the 8th Pledge. This pledge only commits TDs to hold a referendum on repealing the 8th Amendment and therefore doesn’t conflict with my commitment to digital democracy.
I recently received an e-mail from Arthritis Ireland asking me to become an ‘Arthritis Champion’ and commit to appointing 6 consultant rheumatologists, 29 clinical nurse specialists, 12 advanced nurse practitioners, 21 physiotherapists and 32 occupational therapists within 100 days of assuming office.
As always, I’ll preface these remarks by noting that with digital, participatory democracy, my constituents will always have a binding say in my voting behavior. This means that I cannot commit to policy pledges, as everything I do is ultimately subject to my constituents’ approval. However, I will go through these various pledges on my blog and outline where I stand on them and how I intend to vote in the event that we do not run a participatory process on these points in Fingal.
As a candidate in the next Irish general election, I am often asked to sign up to pledges, binding me to support certain laws as a TD. However, as I will allow my constituents to have a binding say in my votes in the Dail and potentially to over-ride my positions, I cannot commit to pledges that may conflict with my obligation to implement digital, participatory democracy. This stands regardless of how much I may personally agree with the policy in question.