How to Bribe a Politician
Deaglán de Bréadún
This just in. Never heard of this fellow, Ross O’Mullane before. His name has an unfortunate echo of the satirical character Ross O’Carroll-Kelly but I take it he’s for real and that his candidacy in Dublin South is genuine.
Or maybe not. He also sent me the email below. Bribe a Politician on the web, eh? No more brown envelopes? Sounds like the end of civilisation as we (unfortunately) have known it.
More generally, Mr O’Mullane appears to be a proponent of internet democracy. The fiasco of the e-voting machines has set back the notion of e-democracy by many years but could still be a good idea, if properly administered and with the right safeguards and precautions. More than that, it is is probably inevitable. Anyway, here’s the message from Ross O’Mullane, or should that be “Ross O’Mullane”? Oi mean, loike, you never know, goys.
Political Bribery Made Easy with New Website
www.bribeapolitician.com is a website where members of the public can take part in the secretive world of bribing and lobbying elected representatives. On an online form, web users can select what elected representative, political party or organisation they wish to support. Then they can choose what category the donation falls in to, options include references to questionable governmental decisions in the alcohol, construction and banking industries.To complete the ‘transaction’ the person must enter a donation amount before being whisked off to a secure bribing environment. “Political parties are struggling with the web, all this transparency and communication is distracting them from their core goals – which are acquiring or staying in power and fund-raising” says website founder Ross O’Mullane, he continues “Now thanks to www.bribeapolitician.com, people can scratch a politicians back on a one-to-one basis, or join forces and form lobby groups from the comfort of their own home.”O’Mullane claims the website was setup in an attempt to make government more efficient. “No more having to travel to dimly lit hotel lounges, no more awkward brown enveloped exchanges – now you can ‘interact’ with your elected representative without having to touch their greasy palms.”================================================================================
Serious Note: Bribeapolitician.com has been set up to highlight the cronyism and bribery that has destroyed our country. Ross O’Mullane is running for Dail Eireann in the upcoming by-election for Dublin South. His campaign is centred around a website www.unitedminds.ie where people can discuss ideas and then create his mandate – it’s direct democracy via the web.