Editorial: Dangerous multilingualism
Hurrying and convenience were never an attribute in politics. It seems that certain ministers in the new government have not yet…
Hurrying and convenience were never an attribute in politics. It seems that certain ministers in the new government have not yet realized this, thinking perhaps that they are still in the opposition, but now they are in power. They do not understand that their comments and proclamations have a different weight now and they are evaluated to a much greater extent than before.
Many rushed to make proclamations, before they even got to sit in the ministerial chair and before the government has had the chance to make its policy statement, which will obviously inform and bind their actions. Consequently, they caused some upheaval and more problems than the ones that they are meant to solve.
The sector of education is an indicative example. While the responsible minister tried to talk about the changes that will be implemented after a long and exhaustive dialog, his alternate was quick to start deconstructing a series of measures from day one; without realizing neither the seriousness of the subject, nor the upheaval he is causing to thousands of families that are watching as their children’s planning is being wasted.
The new ministers must quickly realize that a little more restraint and seriousness would not only not harm the government; it would also help manage any policy changes it wants to implement with greater maturity and efficiency. The multilingualism and haste with which the want to demonstrate how different they are to the previous government may have a boomerang effect. They should coordinate while there is still time and think twice before speaking.