A local government bill due to be published before the end of 2018 will set quotas to encourage more diversity in politics. Supposedly political parties could be forced to fill up to 40% of their nominations with women, migrants, and people from ethnic minority backgrounds. If they do not, a large portion of their funding will be cut.

I ask one simple question: why?

Why, that is, are we having undemocratic and utterly ridiculous ‘diversity’ quotas shoved down our throats? Another good question would be to ask who is doing the shoving. The answer to that question would be the Minister of State for Local Government and Electoral Reform, John Paul Phelan.

However, it is never that simple, for it turns out that the Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI) and their spiderweb of Soros funded NGOs have been heavily lobbying for it. You can thank them for the brazen anti-racism poster campaign splattered across our buses and trains recently, by the way. I can’t say I’d noticed hooded Klansmen being regular travellers on Dublin Bus, but apparently the ICI did.

Now that we know who is behind this insidious piece of legislation, we can deconstruct it. Part of the reasoning for the bill is that in the last local elections only 31 non-Irish candidates ran, of which 3 were elected. Apparently, this is a bad thing.

12% of the population of the Republic of Ireland are migrants, and so they argue these people should have representation in local government. It doesn’t seem unreasonable at first glance.

Quite quickly we run into the issue of whether electoral quotas are even feasible in a democracy to begin with. After all, is one of the core tenets of democracy not that we are free to vote for whoever we wish? Is it not a gross interference in that process for the government to limit who we can vote for by threatening to defund parties that do not meet their quotas for desired candidates?

If migrants are 12% of the population, who are the rest? Is this country not the nation of Ireland populated by the Irish people, with a history dating back untold millennia? A people who fought for their freedom for eight hundred years against a foreign oppressor?

A people who only a hundred years after getting their freedom are told that they cannot freely decide their own electoral candidates. The irony seeps out of that statement the same way corruption seeps from the Dáil.

Are migrants not, as the name suggests, a transitory group? As opposed to a permanent addition to our nation? It is beyond comprehension why a group of people with minimal connection to Ireland and lacking in Irish citizenship should have the right to vote in local government elections, let alone run as candidates in them. Not to mention voting in General Elections, as suggested by Senator Neale Richmond, an effervescent advocate of policies hostile to the Irish people.

One could assume that the people supporting these quotas do so out of some naïve humanitarian angle on the issue, I however am a much more cynical individual. Politics is a cynical game, and so I would suggest everyone take heed of the cynical interpretation.

Large establishment political parties have no trouble filling quotas, they have many members and a massive amount of resources. Smaller parties do not, and so will have trouble meeting these quotas. Specifically, conservative and nationalist parties. It is no secret that minorities tend to vote Left, while Right-wing movements are largely driven by men native to the country.

Implementing gender and migrant quotas of up to 40% is undoubtedly a deeply cynical attempt to strangle new Right-wing parties in the cradle, to deny them the funding and resources they will need to grow. It is blatantly obvious that a party campaigning for immigration control or reductions in the welfare state will struggle to put forward minority candidates.

With the Right on the rise across Europe, no doubt our own government is concerned about the prospect of a conservative revival as seen in Italy, Germany, Hungary and elsewhere. These quotas, advocated for by the usual Soros-connected NGO suspects, are nothing more than a desperate attempt to demolish what is left of Irish democracy and put a stop to the growth of nationalist alternatives.

Posted by Julia Feldman