Could the real political leader please stand up?!

21 03 2008

By Jade Fernley

So it seems the more time you have to watch news, the more frustrated you’ll get. After being on holiday for not fewer than 3 days, I saw a story on Carte Blanche detailing a recent police raid at a Stellies club/pub which involved excessive violence on students, including policemen actually punching women, all in the name of a drug raid. I saw a movie about the Rwandan genocide; watched a news bulletin concerning the proposed 60 percent electricity price hike and following that, an insert on how “they’re not sure if we really will be ready for 2010” (but we’ve managed to triple the budget we thought we’d spend). I’m not listing this to tell you how news conscious I’ve been, although it is worthy to note I’m sure; I’m really mentioning these things because of one common theme through all of them. WHY isn’t ANYONE standing UP? And in the case of past events, such as those in Rwanda, why didn’t anyone stand up in time? I know there are various political reasons behind things like this, but more than anything I’d like to know why, if a large majority of us sit at home thinking “Gee, that should really be sorted out”, or “My my, electricity is getting expensive”, then shouldn’t the people in “higher places” be feeling it even more so? Do our rules (as good as rules are) seriously limit someone in parliament or in a 2010 committee saying, “this has got to stop!”??

But even if someone did say anything, will it be taken note of to the extent that things actually change? To the extent that the police are held accountable for their treatment of the Stellies students. To the extent that people who are going to be drastically affected by the electricity price hike stand together and someone speaks on behalf of them and says No. To the extent that someone, whoever really is in charge of the 2010 preparations, stops saying how we’ll never be ready and puts more energy into plans that can combat the probable issues that we may face. We are often silenced by that fear that one person can do nothing but I guess I’d like to answer that with a somewhat cliched, but true, statement: All it sometimes takes is one person, even a handful, and maybe if we all caught hold of that, things may start to change. I’m not saying overnight, and hey powers and authorities don’t always like to listen to the guy who’s opposing what is happening; but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.