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Thursday, December 12, 2013
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Obvious promoting of ministers in poor taste
One of the favourite fall-back positions of the PP Government is that while its missteps have grabbed national headlines, it hasn’t done a very good job of promoting what it claims are “many, many achievements.”
To the extent this argument holds water, the KPB administration might want to consider why it hasn’t been able to impress the population with its “success stories.” One reason may be because the vast majority of their attempts to highlight these successes have focused less on how citizens and the country benefits and have focused more on shamelessly promoting their ministers at taxpayers’ expense.
One of the latest and most glaring examples is the current television advertisement which purports to encourage anyone whose first name does not appear on his birth certificate to have the omission corrected. While the monologue achieves moderate success in providing important information about the change in law, the ad makes a deliberate and not very subtle departure to ensure listeners know that it was “That nice Minister of Legal Affairs… He first name is Prakash,” who was behind the change.
The Minister should consider that in massaging his own ego, he may have deflated the enthusiasm of all those hardworking public servants and contract workers who worked tirelessly to create the legislation which he simply piloted in parliament. Worse than that, he may have devalued their excellent work and lost any goodwill which the initiative may have earned him.
Prime Minister KPB would, therefore, be well advised that the population is no longer tolerant of ministers’ inability to separate themselves and their politics from their ministries.
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