NUA EITE'S TOPANGA BIRD STANDS FOR TD IN GE2020
Community organizer T. C-E (Topanga) Bird, coordinating agent for the Nua Eite/New Wing ‘People-Powered Political Project’, announces she is standing in County Louth as an independent candidate for election to Dail Eireann.
‘I believe a democratic government should be by, of and for the people,’ Bird says. ‘I am standing for TD to put us, the people, – the demos of democracy – back in charge of our own lives.’
Bird stands on a platform committed to decentralization and devolution of Irish government. And she stands for local control of all spheres of political decision-making.
‘Too much legislative power is concentrated within the M50 island,’ Bird says. ‘For too long, now, we’ve put essentially the same people in office and after each election we expect better from them than we’ve gotten before. As Albert Einstein is quoted: ‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results’.’ That’s what we in Ireland have been doing for much too long.’
As ‘the people’s representative’, Bird advocates for immediate restoration of local town councils as well as promotion and establishment of neighborhood councils and block clubs. And, to ensure that the voice of the people is actually heard and acted upon, these bodies are to be given new and real powers to represent and legislate on the local level.
‘No more is government to be from Dublin down to the people,’ Bird says. ‘Instead, government is to flow from the block to the village/town to the county to the province to the state level.’
Once a business journalist and editor, Bird is committed to the idea of ‘living locally while acting globally’. ‘Let’s stop focusing on how damaging cow farts are to the climate and, instead, wake up to the much greater damage being done by shipping beef from Brazil to the European continent,’ she says.
‘Let’s focus on local economic and environmental sustainability, encourage and promote greater local consumption of local products, link local consumers with local producers and create a scheme of local and regional marketplaces for local and regional consumers. It’s all well and good to promote ‘Irish beef’ and ‘Irish-made’ but let’s look at promoting ‘Louth-grown’, ‘Louth-raised’, ‘Louth-made,’ ‘Louth-based’ and ‘Louth-created’ products and services, and design the same scheme in every other Irish county.’
To tackle the growing menace of drug-related crime and the hopelessness of homelessness, Bird, a psychotherapist and former social worker, advocates for establishment of locally based mental health care schemes in both rural and urban areas and greater acknowledgement of the role mental health issues play in widely perceptible social and community problems.
‘Let’s look behind the headlines of our festering social problems to recognize that the virtual collapse of the Irish health care system is due to political decisions made without consulting the people impacted by them. Let’s recognize that the ever-intensifying housing problem is due to policies created by those in power, and their cronies, who place profit above market needs. Let’s understand that farmers are parking their tractors in Dublin to highlight the blatant disregard of all those living and working outside the M50 island. Let’s look behind the ‘labels’ of all our problems to uncover their actual sources.’
Weekly throughout her campaign, Bird will be releasing position papers on legislative, economic, social and domestic matters on her Nua Eite sites on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube and on the Nua Eite website www.nuaeite.ie. Bird also can be contacted at email@example.com.
‘Neither left wing nor right wing, Nua Eite is just that – a new political wing,’ Bird says. ‘I stand for election to represent the interests of the people of Louth, not those of stagnant political structures or self-interested political operatives, wherever they may be.’
‘In solidarity, people can win,’ Bird declares.
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