A state­ment

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS - By Saleh Al-Shayeji

Pre­vi­ous min­is­ters who were not reap­pointed in the new cabi­net, those who kept their posts and those ap­pointed for the first time are all keen to serve their coun­try and do their jobs as they ac­cepted to shoul­der such huge re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. We can but think pos­i­tively about pub­lic ser­vants and min­is­ters in par­tic­u­lar. How­ever, is this how things are eval­u­ated or is this how an ob­server should judge the pre­vi­ous cabi­net or a newly ap­pointed one with agen­das yet to be dis­closed? Has the pre­vi­ous govern­ment filed a ‘state­ment’ list­ing its achieve­ments and fail­ures? Has the govern­ment filed a clearly de­fined pro­gram for its achieve­ment or ad­dressed the pub­lic be­fore end­ing its ten­ure re­gard­ing its achieve­ments, and apol­o­gized for its mis­takes or jus­ti­fied them?

None of the above was ever done by the out­go­ing cabi­net, nor by any of the pre­vi­ous ones. It will not be done by the cur­rent cabi­net or the fol­low­ing ones, ei­ther. Such facts make a min­is­te­rial po­si­tion more of an honor through which min­is­ters go un­harmed and as sure-footed as pea­cocks. Un­less we have a means of as­sess­ing a min­is­ter’s per­for­mance and mea­sure his suc­cess or fail­ure, things will re­main the same re­gard­less of the for­ma­tion of the cabi­net. The govern­ment has be­come like a train that stops at cer­tain points where some pas­sen­gers get off to be re­placed by oth­ers.

The par­lia­ment’s mon­i­tor­ing of the govern­ment’s per­for­mance has proved to be in­ef­fec­tual so far. It has never fixed any prob­lems. It re­mains nom­i­nal and ver­bal as long as the govern­ment is ca­pa­ble of neu­tral­iz­ing the par­lia­ment through some of its mem­bers, which re­sults in us re­main­ing the same with an out­go­ing or in­com­ing cabi­net.

Has the pre­vi­ous govern­ment filed a ‘state­ment’ list­ing its achieve­ments and fail­ures?

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