By D. Markie Spring
The world over has become a messy New World Order (NWO); a conspiracy theory that has influenced world leaders, which has prompted war and terrorism, eco-terrorism, demonstrations and crimes – this is a global perspective.
The author of a number of published works, D. Markie Spring was born in St Vincent and the Grenadines and now resides in Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands. He has an MBA from the University of Leicester, England, and a BA from Saint Mary's University, Canada
However, this is not entirely true in all parts of the political world. In St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) our problem is slightly different; our political arena is overrun by bigots, the demagogues, intimidation tactics and partisan politics.
I believe if this is trend continues our country’s economic and political arenas will never heal, even if the global economic meltdown rejuvenates. Every day we blame the politicians for their actions, but the citizens of SVG are also partly responsible for this inconceivable gerrymandering of lobbyist covering up and protecting the actions of earmarks, bad decisions and unethical behaviours; phenomena that often create isolationism and drawbacks for the illuminati.
Deeply and fervently, I believe that this threshold is threefold in order to command a vibrant and prosperous political economy – significant consistent effort should endeavour by the citizens (voters and taxpayers) at home and abroad, the government and the opposition.
First, citizens must demand from their politicians (government and opposition) transparency in their actions – in the government’s daily management of the national affairs, including finance, operations and strategies, and the opposition’s post election campaign tactics. Citizens also must professionally, accurately and effectively speak out about the issues affecting the nation without stirring up anger, malice or court actions or division within the political boundaries. Not withholding demands from the government to provide a sense of national independence and an environment where citizens can thrive regardless of political affiliation, class or race through industrialization, infrastructural and educational development and egalitarianism.
Henceforth, the government must include the opposition in the decision making process; after all, the prime minister (PM) has the final say. It is important to note that no single group can effectively run the national affairs as one group has the same mind set of the way forward – as we know a heterogeneous team is more effective than a homogenous team; having a diversity of ideas and solutions. Ideally, the government must ensure that all members within parliament are treated as nationals and all citizens, regardless of affiliation are treated with respect, dignity and equally seen as citizens of the country.
Moreover, the government has an obligation to listen to its citizens; more so, those that critical disapprove of the status quo without spite. Henceforth, the government must surrender its daily functions: governance of the social, political and economic arenas and a network that monitors the country’s affairs especially its finances; hitherto, providing monthly national reports and outlook of the overall economy.
Similarly, the opposition has it part to play. First, they must first accept the ruling party as the nation’s choice and their government. Ideally, the opposition has an obligation to consistently support good governance by the ruling party and constantly question and constructively criticize bad decision making.
In fact, to progress nationally, the citizens, government and opposition must work together and respect each other’s suggestions, recommendations, ideologies and compromise where disagreements are inevitable. This, I believe would lessen the chances of creating eco-terrorism, isolationism and purity, social phenomena to individuals, non-participation, opposition, imaging defined interests and people being politically divided, which we know have created imaginary political borders and spite.
On a slightly different note, I would like to see our government more effective. One way to correct this is to have the PM carry out his duties as the person overseeing the entire national operations instead of holding a ministry or portfolio; in this capacity, the PM can oversee entire ministries instead of focusing too much on one area.
Personally, quotes are not always relevant, but I am fascinated by a political identity quote by AR Ammons, which states, “You have your identity when you find out, not what you can keep on your mind, but what you can’t keep your mind off.”
Think collectivism, respect and thrive!