Let’s Practise Civilised Politics

DESPITE wise counsel and appeals to politicians to campaign based on issues, it appears political insults are getting intensely personal and widespread.

At this point, increasingly, not only political leaders are trading insults and attacking each other, supporters and footsoldiers have joined in throwing jabs at  their political opponents.

The Times is concerned that politicians in particular are smearing each other and mudslinging instead of addressing issues and putting out their policies and programme before the electorates.

We are getting increasingly worried about the verbal vitriol and the retrain by politicians that “we will match you boot-for-boot”.

For us, it is highly dangerous for our democracy to descend to the level of insults which we consider to be archaic.

We expect that we recognise that our democracy is often cited as one of the best in the region, and having practised it over two decades, there must be decorum.

It is shameful that instead of growing, our democratic practice is embarrassingly retrogressing. Political activities and programmes have been turned into sparring matches between the ruling party and its political opponents.

Instead of scrutinising campaign messages and manifestos, members of the public have been reduced to listening to insults and attacks, three months to an important general election.

Democracy is very expensive. We are investing huge resources in the campaigns and the people must be allowed to digest the messages to make their choices based on their understanding of the messages they receive from the politicians.

We are afraid that instead, citizens are being denied good judgement by the political players who have resorted to insults rather than discussing issues.

We wish to remind the politicians that Ghana is the only country we have, and in their efforts to take power, their foremost priority should be to nurture and protect it and not to destroy the nation.

The insults and personal attacks that we have witnessed in recent times, of which we would not mention anyone of them in particular, is most unfortunate.

As a nation, we can do better and should be condemning what is going on and tell the politicians to desist from the verbal attacks.

There is nothing political about what is going on. Attacking your opponent and insulting him or her is primitive and must stop.

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