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Wisdom and fairness

Jul 18,2018 - Last updated at Jul 18,2018

Deliberations of the Lower House on the policy statement of Prime Minister Omar Razzaz saw deputies heavily criticising the premier and his plan of action.

Razzaz took the wild and uncorroborated criticisms in strides by lying low and stoic all the time, waiting for the appropriate time to respond. Why the deputies took turns to attack the prime minister and his policy statement without waiting to test his performance is, indeed, disappointing to say the least.

In retrospect, it is unfair to give or deny a vote of confidence to a new prime minister and his platform prematurely and before allowing him a grace period to put his policy statement to the test on the ground.

Prime Minister Razzaz is entitled to enjoy the benefit of the doubt of deputies for a certain period of time at least and should be given an ample opportunity to translate some of his thoughts into action. Premature parliamentary judgements on the basis of abstract ideas contained in the policy statement and without allowing for a grace period for them to be tested are never right.

Those deputies who rushed with their verdicts and were hypercritical failed to even give him an iota of praise or appreciation for lowering the national budget by JD151 million. Deputies should have at least showed widespread support for his clear signal that he meant what he said when he told them earlier on that he aims to trim state expenditure in a meaningful way, especially when reducing the country's deficit is among the deputies’ main concerns.

There is no doubt that, on balance, deputies will exercise more restraint, wisdom and fairness before casting their vote of confidence for him.

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