Constitutional Democracy provides for Government of the people by the people within constitutionally agreed rules, democratic because of its basis in government by popular consent, but with the power of the Government regulated by “The Constitution”. The human and civil rights of the minority are in this way protected by the constitution. However a common failure of the Irish State is that a Government too weak to govern on its own without the support of minority partners often results in, a minority propping up the government and to use a common metaphor “The Tail Wagging the Dog”. and attempts by the minority to impose their will on the majority.
To claim that democracy is served by elections every 5 years hardly suggests a democratic choice, especially when the party political leaders and the authors of their political manifestos tell us “ election promises are not meant to be taken seriously”. That is why we need to enshrine in our constitution the basic principle of representative government. But first we need to restore our Constitution as the Supreme Law of the State.
A representative government composed of all shades of political opinion as expressed at the ballot box. (A Government of National Unity)
And a constitutional mechanism “Plebiscite” by which the people can occasionally instruct the government of their wishes on matters of grave national importance. (as provided by article 6 of the Constitution, but for which no mechanism exists.)