When harlots hit the streets

When harlots hit the streets

It was good to see opposition leaders clad in tattered blankets march with the wool farmers.
But even as the opposition leaders were mingling and bum-jiving with the farmers Muckraker could not help but feel that they were just politicking.

Here was an emotive cause to mine for potential votes and sympathy.
The propaganda strategy was as naked as a pig’s bleating nose: we feel your pain because we are part of you. They were kissing a dirty baby to ingratiate themselves with the struggling masses.

Luckily, the farmers were alive to this ruse. They did not clamour for Kodak moments with the opportunistic opposition leaders. In any case, most don’t have the luxury of smart phones.

They remained true to their mission to pressure the government to reconsider the contentious wool regulations.
What matters to them is the freedom to decide who buys their wool at prices and terms they deem palatable. They could see through the opposition’s vote-mopping scheme.

That the opposition leaders saw the farmers’ plight as their chariot to relevance became patently clear a few days later when the youth marched against the government.

The opposition leaders who were bellowing with the farmers were nowhere to be seen. They had probably calculated that the youth’s protest will not muster enough numbers to gain any notice from those in power and spectators.
So they stayed at home to sip their whisky and rooibos’s tea. And therein lies the trouble with our opposition leaders. They want to choose what matters to the masses.

Unemployment, especially among the youth, is not an attractive subject because they know it cannot be sorted by merely forcing the incumbent government to change a set of regulations.

They know that even if they remove Uncle Tom’s government, they too will be hard-pressed to find lasting solutions to the crisis.

Why is unemployment a tough cookie? Because solving it means politicians will have to quarantine corruption and nepotism from the government.

But, if the truth be told, the corruption and nepotism are the legacies of the congress governments. There is no evidence, implied or direct, that the congress people will seek to rid the government of those twin evils if they return to power.

While it is true that Uncle Tom has bungled over the past two years, it would be fallacious for anyone to think that the solution lies in replacing him with another congress government.

Size Two’s spectacular and unforced blunders when he returned to power proved that the congress movement is beyond redemption. Metsing is a tried and tasted failure.

The congress movement, as it is called by its zealots, cannot claim that it was denied a second chance. What it seeks today is a third bite of the cherry to probably perpetuate the ruinous policies it concocted when it was in power.
Mark Muckraker’s words when she says this current crop of politicians, either in the government or the opposition, has no solution to our perennial woes.

We remain firmly stuck in this morass because we refuse to accept that changing the captain and the crew in this ship called government will not miraculously lead to prosperity.

The opposition landscape is teeming with opportunists itching to get their calloused and dirty hands on the government’s shrinking pie. They are fighting to return to the feeding trough.

The government is also brimming with shameless thieves who want to maintain a dead man’s grip on the reins that allows it to dish out largesse to their chums while copiously lining their own pockets.

That battle for the ABC should therefore be seen along those lines. None of the politicians in this country is earnestly committed to solving our problems.

Let’s get this right: Uncle Tom’s troubles have nothing to do with outside forces. He is to blame for almost every crisis he faces. Having dug himself into a hole, the man keeps ordering more TLBs to deepen the hole.

Thanks to his stubborn nature and a cabal of charlatans urging him on, Uncle Tom has meticulously worked himself into a bind from which he has neither the skill nor the talent to extricate himself.

Now he squirms loudly as his enemies mercilessly tighten the vice. It hasn’t helped matters that he has surrounded himself with people who are greenhorns when it comes to statecraft.

Never in the history of this country has a prime minister populated his court with such a ticket of jokers and cheerleaders. They keep telling him that he is doing the right thing when he is marching his government to a precipice.

Now watch as this government, established with so much promise and goodwill, bundles its way into a spectacular implosion. Forget the convenient noise about the Feselady being the driver of this sekorokoro government.
It is a lie contrived by cowards too scared to confront the reality that their man has failed.

The buck stops with Uncle Tom as the leader. The evidence of his failure is apparent in the way he handled the wool debacle.

It is there in the inept way he has handled the crisis in the ABC. His comrades in parliament have turned on him. Villagers hate his guts. The urban voters are sick to the back teeth with his government.

The economy is stuck in a rut and the public anger is palpable. The only booming sector, if we can call it that, is the globetrotting that we were told would be a thing of the past under the so-called austerity measures.
The proverbial shit has hit the fan and there is nothing much Uncle Tom can do.

Last week, Uncle Tom came up with a token policy tweak that allowed farmers to export their wool for three months.
Where he pulled out such a strategy we might never know. It could be that one of his brownnosers told him this was a way to slightly lift the lid from the pressure cooker.

Sadly, this will not soothe the farmers who already know that this is nothing more than a morsel of bread to stop them from fighting for the bakery they rightly own.

You don’t need to be a wool farmer to know that in three months from now the shearing would not have started.
The only effect of the 90-day moratorium is that it allows for the exportation of the wool farmers have been holding on to for the past years or so because they don’t want to sell to the dubious Chinese.

The point is that Uncle Tom’s intervention doesn’t solve the problem. It merely kicks the can down the road. The farmers are not under any illusion.

The trouble with this government is that it has come to believe that farmers are dimwits who need to be convinced of what is good for them. This contempt is perpetuated by some elites who see themselves as headmasters of thought and choice.

To them, the poor should not be allowed to resist government policies because the government knows better. The poor, so goes the inane reasoning, are incapable of making rational decisions for their own benefit.

You see this contempt for the poor in the way the government has treated the wool farmers. The government keeps brandishing some glowing numbers to support the notion that its policies have helped farmers get better prices.

They say the policies have saved the country and the farmers millions in transport costs.
While all that might be true the government is missing the point by a wide margin.

The farmers have never complained about the prices. Their gripe is with the arbitrary restriction to their freedom to trade with whoever they want.

The farmers stand on a sound economic principle. They are against the government granting a monopoly to one broker. They don’t want the government to decide where they sell their wool and mohair.

The government is aware of this salient point, but it would rather pretend that the farmers are rabble-rousers being instigated by some powerful forces.

Such an attitude is self-delusional because it is sustained by the false notion that farmers are impressionable souls that can bend to the whims of a few powerful people.

The government is therefore trying to foist its help on farmers. But the farmers have an even more potent argument against the government’s policies, namely that if the idea is to localise the wool auctions, then the system should be transparent and their cheques should come on time.

Sadly the government is not willing to address those fundamental issues. Instead it is pushing the “better-price” argument. Why? Because dealing with transparency and making sure that the farmers are paid on time means clipping Stone Shi’s flapping wings.

That won’t happen because some in government seem to have hopped into Stone Shi’s bed.
They are pregnant with Stone Shi’s seeds. Clobbering him means impoverishing the father of the child they carry. Now that they have been willingly impregnated, they want Stone Shi to continue raping the wool farmers.

Nka! Ichuuuuuuuuuuu!


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