Where are your slogans?
If we can, as Abdul Rahman Al-Anjeri says, forget about the reason why boycotters changed their minds and started racing to run for parliamentary elections despite their previous vows and calls and slogans of steadiness, these ‘shifters’, as described by Saleh Al-Mulla, thought that taking part is better than boycotting. They shifted sides without even apologizing for all the insults and sarcasm against those who had taken part before them, though I think that our elections are more associated with social relations than with political attitudes.
Generally speaking, let us go back to the opposition’s arguments in the past few years. The demands made by the so-called majority mainly relied on having an elected Cabinet without even determining how such a Cabinet would look. Some of them even went as far as declaring in public that Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak would be the last nonelected prime minister. The majority also took group photos making signs indicating the call for having an elected Cabinet.
Why did the slogans they called for over the past four years as a base for the sought reforms vanish?
Now that they have changed their minds about boycotting the elections and most of the ‘majority’ members are back, and after following up what most of them said in seminars held during their electoral campaigns, I found nothing about demands to have an elected Cabinet. What on earth has changed? Why did the slogans they called for over the past four years as a base for the sought reforms vanish? Were they wrong in such demands? Why did they not back them up? Were they ordered to stop such demands and focus on other goals, such as changing the speaker, for instance? Will Kuwaiti voters accept such deceit and let bygones be bygones and adapt to the new participants’ wishes?
These are all questions for which I cannot find answers, and I cannot imagine anybody who decides to vote for them would ignore them without clear reason and justification of giving up their sole demand in previous periods!