Let’s talk Parliament

2017-03-08 06:05

THERE has been an unbecoming trend in Parliament where certain political parties boycott democratic programmes or leave Parliament halfway through because of opposing viewpoints or conflicting ideas or simply because these programmes are “not worth [their] time”.

This is worrying when considering the consolidation of a country’s democracy and defeats the whole purpose of a multiparty democratic system.

The aim of a multiparty democracy is that there is diversity in Parliament and all parties are given the opportunity to present their views and represent the interests of their constituencies in a democratic manner. This cannot be done through the media, calling press conferences and other forms of media briefing. If party leaders fail to represent their voters in Parliament then what reason do voters have to put them there in the first place?

I think we can agree that voters are able to represent and voice their opinions through social-media platforms and don’t really need any representation there, so it becomes confusing when party leaders choose not to attend or leave democratic activities to later tweet matters that should have been raised in Parliament.

Party leaders now seek social-media populism but cannot participate in hard-core policy making. It is not a bad idea for politicians to be interactive with the masses through social-media platforms, but it should not undermine or threaten the programmes of the country’s democracy to function fully.

The question is: can people do what they are elected to do?

I think it’s sad that our politicians fail to resolve their conflicts without getting physical.

It is important that our parliamentarians understand we could easily watch e.tv for a wrestling match, but when we watch the #Sona2017 the aim is to hear about serious issues that will shape the year and possibly our lives, like tertiary fees, health care, not a match of wrestling and later, sleeping MPs.

“The aim of a multi-party democracy is that there is diversity in Parliament and all parties are given the opportunity to present their views and represent the interests of their constituencies in a democratic manner. This cannot be done through the media, calling press conferences and other forms of media briefing. If party leaders fail to represent their voters in Parliament then what reason do voters have to put them there in the first place?”

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