Bunge-Govt ca­ma­raderie is not good for na­tional in­ter­est

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to tame the Leader of Of­fi­cial Op­po­si­tion and even sub­ject him to some un­called for hu­mil­i­a­tion.

So after 55 years – only few com­par­isons can still be cited with the Bri­tish House of Commons: the sym­bolic mace, the Sergeant at Arms, House clerks, whips and cloak­rooms.

In fact our ver­sion of this im­por­tant in­sti­tu­tion is more piti­ful, if the full story can be told. Its tra­di­tional role as a rub­ber stamp House de­spite the era of plu­ral politics con­tin­ues, even though that is now be­ing put up to se­ri­ous re­sis­tance, es­pe­cially over its in­tegrity as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the poor. But as they say, tra­di­tions die hard.

It’s hard, of course, to fathom this, that we, per­pet­u­ally with ad­vanced bowls in hand beg­ging money from the same Bri­tish (from whose par­lia­men­tary sys­tem we aped), to en­able us sus­tain our own bud­get and there­fore our liveli­hood, can af­ford to outdo them in lux­u­ri­ous am­bi­ence for our law­mak­ers, whose main task has sadly been re­duced to that of rub­ber­stamp­ing what the Gov­ern­ment wants or says.

Fur­ther­more, as­tro­nom­i­cal costs in­volved in run­ning our Par­lia­ment are in­com­pat­i­ble with its vi­a­bil­ity – es­pe­cially if one closely ex­am­ines the in­put from the mem­bers. For ex­am­ple, it can­not be re­mem­bered when the last time a pri­vate mem­ber’s Bill was in­tro­duced, let alone passed into law.

But the one func­tion that is slowly be­ing usurped by our Par­lia­ment is the shield­ing or vin­di­ca­tion, or at­tempts at vin­di­ca­tion or shield­ing of high level crim­i­nals – those ac­cused of cor­rup­tion and abuse of of­fice. It’s not clear where­from the habit crept in. If one closely fol­lows the Lugumi saga, one will un­der­stand what I mean.

Wis­dom will al­ways ex­pect the MPs of a party that holds House ma­jor­ity to use that ma­jor­ity for the com­mon good of the cit­i­zens, by among oth­ers, en­deav­our­ing to cleanse the so­ci­ety of the cor­rup­tion vice, not only by ex­pos­ing the crim­i­nals, but also en­sur­ing they face the wrath of the law they (MPs) en­acted.

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