A campaign of negatives
I write to express my disappointment at the unseemly distraction which constitutes the current local government election campaign. It is consumed by character attacks and a focus on negatives. We have heard precious little about any proposal to transform local government to promote greater democracy, citizen participation, independence from central control, expansion of powers and responsibilities and mechanisms of accountability.
The incumbent People’s Partnership administration is obsessed with notions of alleged delivery. It has delivered some box drains and paved roads, but at the same time overwhelmed us with a plethora of dubious contracts and questionable appointments and voluminous corruption.
The People’s National Movement is asking us to believe presumably in its history, proclaimed stability and track record in government. But there is a large measure of wariness and scepticism, especially in the absence of any new focus, initiative or direction. An appeal to belief merely serves to attract its traditional base. What about new support?
The Independent Liberal Party is making its pitch based on emotionalism, abundant promises and expensive public relations. It pledges to fix every road, landslip, drainage and environmental problem in every street and community in the country—and it will do it right away. In addition, it will provide housing and employment for all. It is not saying how it is going to accomplish this humongous task and where is the financing coming from.
But then, there is the saying that a gullible country deserves the government or governance it gets.