Baseless call for AG to resign
The Attorney General has been unfairly and unjustifiably treated and calls for his resignation are totally unwarranted. I have not seen an iota of evidence that the AG was uniquely responsible for the Section 34 fiasco. What I have seen is a torrent of baseless accusations and allegations thrown out by the Opposition with the only possible aim of furthering their political objectives. I am concerned about the state of democracy in this country. What took place with the section 34 fiasco was disturbing but what is continuing to take place is appalling and utterly reprehensible.
When a critical situation such as section 34 occurs, it is our fundamental responsibility as citizens in a democratic state to understand what our expectations are of our government and of the Opposition and to demand that key principles such as transparency and accountability are adhered to.
What I have seen is that the Government has taken responsibility on a number of occasions for their oversight. The Prime Minister has come out publicly and apologised on behalf of members of the Cabinet and provided an explanation of the circumstances surrounding the passage and proclamation of Section 34. The PM has taken the potent and visible step of firing the Minister of Justice which is a significant move.
What I have not seen is an equal and proportionate response by the Opposition. Where is the statement of the Leader of the Opposition apologising to the citizenry for the blunder made by every member of the Opposition who voted in favour of the offensive piece of legislation? Where is the removal or resignation of any member of the Opposition? The general attitude seems to be to point fingers instead of accepting responsibility.