The past few weeks have been eventful – in the sense that they provided valuable news fodder for debate and discussion. But if the weatherman manages to keep up the unexpected forecasts accurate, then there is perhaps a storm or two heading our way, with dark clouds looming and the occasional sunshine, which, incidentally has also been vetoed and blocked by the winter chill.
Keeping up with the apparent climate change has been the obvious political weather. The government looks likely to appeal the tax revision. With all due respect to the law, the arguments put forth by the ruling government have been the fundamental need and the basic necessity of government to be allowed to govern. And that governance with the goal of delivering the country forward and accomplishing plans, policies and promises made cannot be checked by magnified clauses and other misplaced causes rendering the government somehow “all show and no go.” This is how the government feels about the tax verdict and other monetary matters.
The next forecast from the weatherman has been the strap in the cash. The argument put forth has been the politically non-functioning democracy if the state cannot help bank the political parties that are bordering on the broke. Both parties have a defunct bank balance and party offices across the country are basically unable to function. How can they? They have no cash. And if a toe hold for two broke parties cannot be filled in by the state, what would the future bode for other potential parties and more pressingly, for the foothold of democracy itself?
The counter argument has been the government’s disregard of some of the constitutional details. And the many clauses that work as checks and balances should the letter and the spirit of the law be broken, bypassed or plain ignored. On the first count, the government has been embarrassed and more than irate at the verdict, as they would like to walk the talk and show the gho, so to speak, and do it as time is of the essence and 2013 is the mark.
The second counter argument from the watchdogs has been the reinstatement of the cash clause. The essence is the same as the first one: the violation of the constitution. And the detailed point is that cash in the beaks of the crane, even if the horse is happy being broke, is giving them muscle that would be detrimental for other entrants in the political farm.
Yet the government’s stance is also reasonable – how do you expect us to establish a fully fledged democracy if the basic amenities and infrastructures are not initiated?
It is mind numbing for simple folks, especially if you are a cow in a herd. But in the end, we all live in the same farm and the plea is simple: try and find some common ground everyone can graze on, and in being the people’s cowherds, take them to pasture where the grass is green, the meadows are large and the brooks are clean to satiate the belly of each and every beast.