After the well fought battle for Scottish Independence bravely led by the Scottish first Minister-Alex Salmond, he resigned citing that as the only way forward for him—and also, as his vision appears not to sit well with the non-independent Scotland.
Few weeks ago, UK Foreign Office Minister-Baroness Sayeeda Warsi resigned from government, saying she can “no longer support” the government’s policy on Gaza. This is a woman with her own conscience and understanding of world politics; therefore, she could not be part of a government which has gone totally opposite to what she stands for.
Though a shock, it sits well with her stance when she wrote; the UK’s government’s current stance on Gaza is “morally indefensible, is not in Britain’s national interest and will have a long term effect on our reputation internationally and domestically”.
Why this talk?
I just wanted to point out to you the sort of politicians the West have, the main reason why they will always be ahead of us. These are people with conscience, people who accept their own mistakes, failure and when necessary, resign from their high positions.
These people also get paid really well but money is never their prime concern, they have ethics, they have visions and they have ideologies and the moment their governments fall behind what they stand for individually, they leave.
When was the last time a Ghanaian Minister VOLUNTARILY resigned? Perhaps, the question should be, has a Ghanaian Minister ever resigned from his or her position due to the fact that the person has lost hope or trust in the government he/she works for?
It wouldn’t be contemptuous to say, majority if not all of our politicians are in there solely for MONEY and therefore nothing else matters. They have no conscience and even when it is evident that they have failed with calls from the public to resign, they do not. At worse, they will be moved to other Ministries and they will gladly accept the new appointment.
Do we stand for anything as Ghanaians aside money?
In the USA, top politicians resign all the time for merely making comments that do not sit well with the public. Yesterday, the former Arizona lawmaker-Russell Pearce who sponsored the state’s stringent anti-immigration law resigned as a top state Republican official amid criticism for remarks he made supporting mandatory birth control or sterilization for Medicaid recipients.
Let’s take time from your hardships and look at the sort of leaders we have in charge our ship.
And the question should be; are our politicians quintessentially MONEY-driven or our interest driven?
Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri
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