Liberal democracy is a fragile flower that deserves to be saved

Our world is watching in perplexity what is happening in Ukraine. However, the truth is that Western liberal democracy needs to be examined long and hard.

For the past 20 years he has tried to appease so-called strongmen such as Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump and Narendra Modi. They interacted with them and shared scenes with them. Today, liberal democracy is appalled by this turn of events.

There is a saying in the case law that goes: “The law does not protect those who slumber in their rights. A simple test for liberal democratic states is to hold off leaders who do not respect free and fair elections, as well as states that deny free speech or attempt to manipulate the media.

Liberal democracy is a fragile flower and many tyrants would try to crush it. To protect it, it is sometimes necessary to suspend the subtleties because the tyrants know only one language: the superior force. Democracy is not acquired. Like the shepherds of old who looked after their flock, liberal democracy must be kept.

Joseph Kiely, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Artists’ regime denies many forms of creative activity

The Basic Income for the Arts pilot scheme was launched by the government on Tuesday, backed by all government parties and launched by Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Arts and Culture Minister Catherine Martin, according to the Press release.

The pilot project is hailed as a “transformative initiative to support the arts and creative practice”. The objective is to support, maintain and increase the creativity of artists who fulfill the prescribed roles as listed in the program application form.

Creativity is defined as the tendency to generate or recognize ideas, alternatives, or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems, communicating with others, and entertaining and entertaining others.

By valuing the sectoral form of artistic creativity, the government denies all other forms of creative human activity in our society.

The dilemma for the arts is whether they accept this pilot or reject it and, through the expression of their art, support a movement for the establishment of a basic income for all citizens in 2022.

Hugh McDermott, Dromahair, Co Leitrim

This time next year we’ll be millionaires thanks to Ryan

Climate Minister Eamon Ryan advises us all to spend less time in the shower in his creative green light bulb solution to soaring energy costs.

Only fools and horses comes to mind. I hear Del Boy’s enthusiastic words ringing in my ears: “You know that makes sense.

Aidan Roddy, Cabinteely, Dublin 18

The public pension system is unfair and unaffordable

We are constantly reminded by the government and others that we are facing a pension ticking time bomb and that the state may even struggle to pay the basic state pension.

Yet at the same time, as a private sector taxpayer, I can only look with envy at the enormous pensions of government ministers and middle and upper levels of the civil service.

These people receive huge tax-free lump sums when they retire, not from a pension fund, but directly from the Exchequer.

It’s a huge transfer of wealth from one sector of society to another and it’s completely unfair.

These pensions just aren’t affordable in the private sector, and the muggins here have to put more and more of my ever-dwindling disposable income into my pension so I have something for my retirement.

We need a fairer and more affordable pension system in the future, and that starts with reforming the civil service pension structure.

That said, I certainly won’t be holding my breath.

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There is a special place in hell for tyrants like Putin

As children, we were taught hell. He gave us nightmares – his eternity and the promise of hellfire.

I never believed it. I always thought that was the Catholic Church’s way of keeping us good little kids in check.

After seeing the brutal and inhuman horrors in Bucha – the bodies of innocent civilians strewn on the streets of suburban kyiv – I truly believe there must be a hell for Vladimir Putin and his so-called soldiers.

Dr Aidan Hampson, Artane, Dublin