Slogans highlight hypocrisy
POLITICAL slogans often reveal what is lacking in the status quo rather than defining a common goal.
Thus the ANC’s earlier aspiration for “a better life for all” was an incontestable claim for social improvement.
This year’s edition (Unity in Action) appears when the president is manifestly under siege from within his own party, which is riven by factionalism and infighting.
There is talk of “self-correction” from the spin doctors, but so far the president remains unapologetic for his self-enriching behaviour and makes bizarre claims of mythical messianic status.
Instead of “policy” and new ideas, the travelweary crowd got the usual survey, followed by the usual tired song-and-dance routine, followed by cake and champagne for the elite. For the majority it was “cake tomorrow”.
The theme of Unity in Action was used to exhort the party members against factionalism, not acknowledging the embarrassing fact that the president is the prime source of division.
On the crucial funding of higher education, he emphasised that the parties must “speak with one voice”. Since the parties are students and university administrators, who have radically opposed agendas, this is an absurdly unrealistic expectation.
More worryingly, it reveals a complete lack of understanding of political dynamics.