I usually avoid writing about local politics. Frankly, the local political affairs can only be found in the parliament; there are no significant political activities except in the parliament.
In Kuwait, we believe that politics is only in the parliament. However, this is a major error, as anyone can become a politician through other ways such as by organizing political seminars, and writing articles that present political opinions and projects. Such kind of approach could be more effective than being in the parliament which is governed by standing orders and other regulations.
Few days ago, the National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim issued a controversial statement to reveal that nine MPs had undersigned a declaration that criticizes him (Al-Ghanim) personally.
He indicated that the nine MPs called and contacted him to apologize for signing the declaration, claiming that they did so under “certain” duress.
There are two dangerous possibilities herein – the first is that the honorable speaker’s statement could be inaccurate, and the second is that the nine MPs, who are representative of the people of Kuwait, are hoodwinking.
Frankly, I am neither against the honorable speaker nor the 15 MPs who signed the declaration. However, as a means of seeking veracity to the issue, every MP who signed the declaration against the speaker should unambiguously express their position on the issue, or else the speaker’s statement will be considered accurate.
There is no doubt that some of the MPs among these 15 do not need to issue a statement to confirm their position on this issue, but it would be much better and reassuring if they do in order to get rid of the cloud of doubt that bears toxic political rain as far as this matter is concerned.
The credibility of an MP is the most valuable asset in the political bazaar. Once such credibility is earned, it will be easy to compensate for the losses that incurred throughout the political process. On the other hand, when such credibility is lost, it becomes very difficult for any MP, or even any person, to regain it.
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“It is enough to knock on the door or look through the window… no need to beat around the bush” – Charlotte Gray (novel).
By Yousef Awadh Al-Azmi