PNM rises again
Once again the PNM—in the sense of author R van der Broek’s perspective on the rise of the phoenix, that bird of Greek mythology—has taken to the sky. Some detractors insist this is the result of a return to tribal voting, while PNM optimists articulate the impending return of PNM to the corridors of national government.
For me, the concern should be based on wider philosophical and national considerations rather than on lyrics and theatrics or scoring cheap points.
Yes! The local government elections are now behind us but what have we learnt from these intense experiences? By now politicians should have recognised it is not easy to win over the electorate with gifts, money, reckless accusations, and lavish entertainment. On the other hand, they should also understand that our culture is characterised by the tendency of our people to vote only for the benefits they can enjoy by installing a particular candidate and by extension the party this candidate represents.
Clearly, we should have grasped by now that the time is long past for us to develop a new political culture. The emphasis must be on where we can go as a nation— not as individuals. Indeed, it must now be country before party.
Finally, our focus on the 2015 general election should send signals to our major political parties so that leaders will review their respective philosophies and visions. The end result should be: 1. Attempts to ensure that government will serve all citizens—especially the dispossessed and those in need of assistance; 2. The creation of a functionally effective health service which will be of invaluable service to all citizens; 3. An education system which not only promotes certification but which will reflect the need for promoting a caring, productive, ethical, creative, innovative, and critical thinking population; 4 A comprehensive social network system which will help those citizens who are truly unable to help themselves; 5 Tighter control of the national purse.
Raymond S Hackett