Politicians need to face stuff like these before a thumbs up comes from the audiences rallying up for them. But we live in Ghana. We need more time for more people who will be able to see the varying perspectives of the problem.
|How will you do what you say you will do? What makes you different? How are we assured you will not do this and that? Have you run at heavy losses during past campaigns? How are we assured we are not going to be responsible for that debt just in case you get the seat? Don’t just say you will build a skyscraper in every district? How are you going to build a skyscraper in every distinct? With what monies? Are there ramifications and sacrifices attached to such projects? Is my tax payers money coming back to hunt me? What are your calculations on the net balance? Have you calculated the risks? How wide is it? Is there insurance shielding this dream? How planned are you? Who are you going to appoint? Are you still constrained by your party’s financiers? Have you promised promises and projects to people just in case you win, all because they financed your political party? Why have you fallen victim to propaganda? Why aren’t you honest enough to just tell Ghanaians in the face what your real intentions are?|
As I was preparing for my Rural Sociology Examination on 30th November, 2016 at 3pm, I decided to suggest a test to all policies advertised by political parties for the votes. This is inspired by a topic under course “Diffusion of Innovation Theory“. It goes more to the oppositions because they are more poised to be ones calling for change, thus calling for innovation with them sitting on the table labelled “innovator“.
1. What’s the RELATIVE ADVANTAGE of your policy? [outline them policy by policy and conclude with how they all come together to champion the aimed course of Ghana’s socio-economic-political system.]
2. How COMPATIBLE are such policies to the needed pre-existing aspects of the status quo?
3. How COMPLEX is the policy? Can anyone understand the details with ease? If not, what are the measures set in place for intelligibility of the whole in sound mind?
4. We need TRIABILITY.
Have you experimented on the policy with limited basis before? Has it worked elsewhere? And if so, are we same to those it worked for? Thus do we have all the prerequisites it took the others to be successful at implementing such a workable policy?
Will the results be visible to all? [We don’t want a situation where paper will be like “the economy is booming” and our pockets willing to depict the reality on the ground say “ey, toooooooli”.]
6. What RESEARCH has been done in and outside to validate or invalidate all what you’ve said and not said about the policy?
Power should not be given on a silver platter. Ask them and expect the answers. Don’t be a cynic. Be a skeptic when the time is due. For until the next 4 years, you will have no choice than to sit in the pain just in case such policies do not work.
Achaab Daniel ABALANSA