Constitutional Democracy provides for Government of the people by the majority within constitutionally agreed rules, democratic because of its basis in government by popular consent, but the power of the Government is regulated by “The Constitution”. Otherwise a government with a simple majority of 51%, could ignore the rights of the other 49%.
However a Government too weak to govern without the support of their minority partners often results in, to use a common metaphor “The Tail Wagging the Dog”. and to attempts by the minority to impose their will on the majority. That is why we need a New Constitution. While the human and civil rights of the minority must be protected, they must not be allowed to override the rights of the “Majority”.
The constitution is not perfect and after many referendum to amend the constitution 28 of which were approved 11 of which were rejected by the people , and another 24 which never even got through the Oireachtas we don’t need to amend it we need to replace it.
To claim that democracy is best served by elections every 5 years hardly suggests a democratic choice, especially when the party political leaders and the authors of their political manifestos, (Eamon Gilmore / Labour Party) tell us we shouldn’t take them seriously or attempt to hold them to account for their broken promises. (After all election promises are not meant to be taken seriously).