Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Obviously peoples views will vary, depending on how well they think their interests and concerns are represented within the polity, but in my view, almost none.

Sinn Féin has some sources of finance it refuses to reveal claiming they are covered by (non existent) UK disclosure laws in N. Ireland and the DUP received and spent a few hundred thousands £ of dark money on pro-Brexit ads in a London free sheet, but in general there is v. little money in Irish politics and quite high ethical standards.

Fianna Fail had some dodgy friends and fund-raising practices in the 1980's and there are still occasionally allegations of "brown envelope money" corrupting the planning permission process but that has been mostly cleaned up. There is some state support for parties/candidates to limit the scope of private money, but in general election budgets are small.

I encountered some minor corruption when chairman of a local community council opposed to an illegal CRH quarrying operation. En route to a County Council meeting we dropped of for a break at a hotel only to find county councillors being wined and dined by CRH!

We won in the end, but it was tough going. I'm not active enough now to know if it is still going on. I suspect it is.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Oct 19th, 2020 at 09:57:33 PM EST
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I submitted your criteria to FB friends in Australia and Canada. Both are far better than the USA, but Canada stands out for the robustness of their democracy, according to this sample of two well informed opinions.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Oct 23rd, 2020 at 12:23:55 AM EST
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I'm not trying to score brownie points for any particular jurisdiction, but highlight how much "the GREATEST DEMOCRACY IN THE WORLD" is really an outlier, something most of its denizens don't seem to realise.

The other thing which intrigues me is how Republican/conservative some states bordering on Canada seem to be - you would have thought that exposure to Canadian norms would have sensitized them to what a real democracy looks like.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Oct 23rd, 2020 at 11:08:21 AM EST
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"exposure to Canadian norms would have sensitized them Canadian norms": Are you joking? I can't tell.
by Cat on Fri Oct 23rd, 2020 at 03:48:13 PM EST
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by Oui on Fri Oct 23rd, 2020 at 10:11:09 AM EST
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