Let’s move beyond politics of hostility

OUR politics is so adversarial, to the extent that the struggle for power begins the moment the results of a general election are declared.

THAT  does not give  the government any opportunity for an honeymoon and to have a period to put its programmes and policies in place.

FROM  the very first day in office, it has to start parrying all kinds of criticisms of the composition of the Cabinet and how it intends to operationalise the pledges to the people.

WHAT we need to know is thatmulti-party democracy makes room for choices in personalities and programmes and nobody can begrudge the critics.

THE tenets of our present democratic dispensation make room for the establishment of a very strong media to spearhead the dissemination of information to help the electorate make informed decisions.

THERE is no doubt that there is a very verile media landscape in the country, the foundation of the present democratic dispensation.

OUR body politic is not the best yet. We still have a long way to go to improve the system although there is respect for the rule of law and minority views and a strong press. 

GHANA has received tonnes of commendation for practising a vibrant democracy, especially for holding six successful and peaceful elections over the last 29 years.

HOWEVER ,as we make modest strides, it is about time our political leaders collaborated to compete on the political landscape, so that the marketplace of ideas will yield the best policy outcomes for the country.

AT present, we do not see that hand of collaboration, as the two major political players are always embroiled in the blame game, passing the buck to each other. The media also feed into this tendency by offering the platform to the leaders of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) especially to blame each other for the woes of the country.

IT is rare to hear any of the leaders who mount the media platform openly accepting blame for their actions or any of the parties commending the other for a good work done. If we have the moral courage to criticise our political opponents, then we should be able to commend them for doing the right thing without being called megaphones of the government.

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