Opportunists of the PPP will vanish as soon as the party is out of power
Dear friends and supporters of LUBP,
I am an ardent supporter of PPP and its democratic struggle. It is very clear that PPP is going into decline due to the fact that media is hell bent on doing that. I am exasperated at the PPP media cell, party’s media advisers and its media policy.
The media set up of the PPP is just to give some party workers portfolios and nothing else. It is 21st century and it does not work like that. We need to have proper media savvy people handling the media.
Also I completely fail to understand how come a minister of social welfare ends up talking about constitution and law. Why don’t they ask law minister to come on TV and defend governments stand on constitutional matters. Put a stop to ministers and elders of PPP to appear on any TV channel prior to approval and briefing by the media cell in charge on the topic of interest.
And other point is what we are writing here on LUBP? Does any of it get conveyed to any higher up or it is just trying to satisfy ourselves without any hope of mending the ways of the higher ups. Our readership is very limited. It will not have a wholesale effect on the public at large.
Government should step up its efforts to get media to rally around its achievements rather than its negatives. For example, if media was again and again portraying army as saviors during floods federal government should have used that opportunity and asked army to formally help in distress by channeling more federal money through them. This would have lessened the impact of failure of government and the media would not have much to talk against the federal government.
It is tough times and government should adopt some austerity campaign. Why dont these PPP MPAs try to pass the bill and reduce their salaries? Why don’t we reduce number of ministers, why don’t we bring one honest man to handle WAPDA? WAPDA if controlled properly and the electricity tariff is reduced, I tell you people will be dancing in the streets for PPP. It will have great impact on the overall standing of the pro poor PPP stand.
Raja Pervaiz of WAPDA, Rehman Malik of Interior, Babar Awan of Law ministry have too many skeletons to hide before they can be called real PPP. It is good to bring other people into PPP fold but dont completely ignore real PPP workers.
For God sake, don’t we have any lawyer in Pakistan supporting government’s view on all this judicial controversies? Where the hell is our IB and other Intelligence to reign in all these judges and journalists? If they can get information from unnamed sources from agencies why can’t we do the same. With all my love for PPP it pisses me off how media is being handled by immature ignorant people.
Believe me this NFC, 18th amendment, throwing out Musharraf, elections of Zardari, Gilani and Farooq Naek, control of extremism is no small feat; but why cant we capitalize on it? Because they dont really affect average man. Average man will vote not with his hands but he will vote with his stomach and that is where the strength of PPP lies.
People give a damn who the ruler is as long as they don’t have to spend too much on their food items and daily use utilities. People who are not affected by the taxes and expensive food items were never supporters of PPP and will never be.
It is job of media and opposition to malign government and its ministers but if it keeps getting repeated it means time has come for a change. Half of the five years have gone by, now time has come for a change / reshuffling in the minister’s portfolios. There are hundred of honest faces in PPP, bring them as their poster childs.
Bring Raza Rabbani, Taj Haider, Aitizaz Ahsan (even though I don’t like him) on the front positions. We can have any idiot manning unimportant ministries but we need strong and staunch PPP worker without any skeletons in the cupboards.
The ministers who don’t have grasp of the subject under discussion and have no speaking ability should be barred from appearing on talk shows. I also agree what media is saying is mostly lies but if you keep feeding lies to someone, a time will come when he will start believing in it.
If the current scenario continues, PPP will not be able to win even a single seat in the next elections whenever held. And PPP should not wait for last year to make some dramatic pro-poor changes but it should do it now I don’t think establishment will allow government to last that long.