Shakespeare … mortified

A PROMINENT member of the nullified 2012 National Assembly penned an article published by the Guardian English Newspaper on Nov 25 — a day before the official visit of HH the Amir to the United Kingdom in response to the invitation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. It is clear to any insightful person how awful was the timing of the publication of the article which was written in an eloquent and exquisite manner, up to the extent that the readers may think Shakespeare has been resurrected even though our ‘eloquent’ former MP cannot pronounce the Arabic word for ‘constitution’ properly. How did he manage to write such a reverberating article?


In his article, the former lawmaker told his British readers and everyone in the world that the decision to release him on bail was not taken by the court per se. He claimed it was the outcome of the gathering of his supporters and the pressure to secure his release in spite of the fact that it was made possible through the decision of the judicial technical office on grounds that he is famous and there is no fear that he will escape or manipulate the evidence because the accusations hurled against him are supported with audio and photo recordings; while his case is being handled like that of several others.


According to the article, around 100,000 people attended the first rally but the actual number did not even reach a tenth of this figure. It also cited Article Six of the Constitution, which states: “...sovereignty resides in the people...” as the revolutionary text that might make a British reader think we are governed by the French Commune adopted after the revolution, in which everything is referred to the people; or the Swiss Cantonal system that referred to public polls in any given decision or legislation. This is where distortion and fabrication of truth happens.


Constitutional legal expert Dr Hisham Al-Saleh said in 1982, the Constitutional Court ruled that the phrase “sovereignty resides in the people” (Article Six) means the people shall agree on the publication of the Constitution and the authorities shall perform their duties based on the Constitution and laws which originate from it. Hence, this meaning cannot be understood otherwise.
Unfortunately, the crisis-provokers misinterpreted it, thinking the phrase means people can interfere in the process of appointing the premier and ministers and they can also make the latter resign. They thought the people can meddle with the work of the executive and judicial authorities. If that was the case, we would have been in the dungeons of chaos.


The article of ‘Shakespeare’ claimed the government had bribed the former MPs and encouraged corruption. However, the hiding ‘Kuwaiti Shakespeare’ failed to mention that the Public Prosecution had kept reports on lawmakers receiving money or bribe due to lack of legislation, which should be responsible for asking the Guardian ‘columnist’ and his group who have been in control of the legislature for two decades.
The article went on to tarnish Kuwait’s reputation, its democratic principle, ruling system and the emergency decree on the amendment of the voting system. The author claimed the decree is illegal and unconstitutional even if the Constitutional Court had ruled on the issue, affirming that it is sovereign as determined by the head of State. The Constitutional Court has no authority to interfere with it, but the ‘columnist’ neither admitted nor mentioned this. The decree will undergo a legislation test in the next Parliament. HH the Amir, who is currently on official visit to the United Kingdom, has vowed that he will respect the verdict of the Constitutional Court even if it revokes the decree.


After reading the article, many people expressed their resentment towards the author, as well as the timing and place of publication. They consider the article an extension or continuation of the aggravators’ protest action during the Asian summit at the beginning of this month despite several requests to postpone it.
 We seek forgiveness and repose for the soul of our beloved English writer William Shakespeare. If he lived amongst us, he would have hidden out of shame due to the resemblance we mentioned earlier.

Email: ali-albaghli@hotmail.com


By: Ali Ahmed Al-Baghli

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