Political Scandals Must Have Consequences

November 15, 2007 at 2:24 am 4 comments

Here is one of the key reasons why I am supporting Digout Day on December 7th.

Every country has political scandals. In the past few weeks alone, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Czech Republic has been forced to resign, as have an American State Senator and security chief, the Speaker and Deputy of the Nigerian House of Representatives, and the Romanian Agriculture Minister. An American business woman has been jailed in a political scandal, and the President and Vice-President of the Phillipines are under pressure to resign.

There is a common thread linking these scandals. All of the people involved have either been forced to resign, or are under pressure to do so. In Ireland they would either brazen it out, or else resign, lose their seat in an election, then be appointed as Senators by the Prime Minister. In a functioning democracy, there have to be consequences for betraying the public trust.

Here are more details on the scandals I have mentioned above. >>>

In the Czech Republic, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Local Development has been forced to resign over a financial scandal.

In Connecticut, a State Senator has been forced to resign from office after a scandal in which he asked a businessman to help settle a family dispute.

In Nigeria, the speaker of the House of Representatives and her deputy were forced to resign after awarding contracts for the renovation of their official houses.

In Washington, the State Department’s security chief has resigned over a scandal about the use of private contractors to protect diplomats in Iraq.

In Romania, the Agriculture Minister was forced to resign amid charges of corruption and EU warnings over Bucharest’s handling of farm subsidies.

In Connecticut, a businesswoman was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for conspiring with the a State Senator to enrich her computer consulting company.

In the Phillipines, the President and Vice-President are under pressure to resign after a series of scandals including gifts of cash for politicians.

All of these consequences, incidentally, pale into insignificance when compared to the fate of the former head of the Chinese food and drug safety watchdog. In July, he was executed for corruption.


Entry filed under: Ireland, News, Politics.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. puertoboricua  |  November 17, 2007 at 2:26 am

    Don’t be worry, in any country this behavior is “the plate of the day”. Here in Puerto Rico, corruption scandals is as common as take your dog to the yard. Since our “statehood” as a colony is almost 600 hundred years, the people don’t like to follow these political mis adventures because they “adore” their party, and is offensive when one point to each other. Here be a politician is the goal for those who want to do nothing for less.

  • 2. Ed  |  November 17, 2007 at 3:54 pm

    Generally aren’t jobs qualifications based?? According to the below article in the Irish Independent, Bertie’s claims to have third level qualifications seem to be very dubious indeed. He is taking the mickey out of this country and nothing is being done. It’s ridiculous.


    Lies, damned lies… and CVs
    Thursday October 19 2006
    More and more people are telling porkies in their job applications, according to a new survey by recruitment experts. But bosses are fighting back.
    KIM BIELENBERG reports

    [extract from article follows]

    Questions have frequently been raised about the third level qualifications of the Taoiseach. The education sections in his short biographies on the Fianna Fail and government web sites are decidedly vague. His education is merely listed as: “St. Aidan’s CBS, Whitehall; Rathmines College of Commerce; University College Dublin.” Previously the Fianna Fail website mentioned The London School of Economics as one of the colleges where he received third level education. The Taoiseach has been quoted as saying he completed diploma courses at the LSE. But his attendance at both UCD and the LSE have never been proven and there is no documentary record of any qualifications from either institution. The Taoiseach has never claimed any degree from UCD.

    [last paragraph of article follows]

    Dublin employment consultant Rowan Manahan estimates that 90% of CVs exaggerate the applicants’ achievements and qualifications. But he warns jobseekers: “If you have to lie to get your foot in the door it is not the job for you. If you are a sow’s ear there is no point in going for a job as a silk purse.”


  • 3. Patrick H  |  November 21, 2007 at 10:53 pm

    Recently the Swedish culture minister was found to have not paid her TV Licence for 16 years and resigned. I’d say Bertie got a kick out of that!

  • 4. progressive  |  October 11, 2008 at 6:19 am

    progressive progressive


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I also write Bionic Bohs, a blog about following Bohemians football club in the 1970s.


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