A conspiracy is “an agreement between two or more persons to engage jointly in an unlawful or criminal act, or an act that is innocent in itself but becomes unlawful when done by the combination of actors.” I question the nature of the political system we have inherited and the way it functions these days, more than ever before.
2013 has been a year full of blessings and conspiracies, starting with the implementation of supplementary a coal power plant in the country, followed by the forceful imposition of biometric identity cards on citizens. Native burglars of the country have been motivated to fend for their rights and freedom, while tax-payers’ servants sitting in Parliament have failed in protecting the populace’s interests.
Despite the very strong recommendations for a sustainable development within the Maurice Ile Durable framework, many people seem to be suffering from a fixation about the other IPPs (Independent Power Producers). My reply to them is: does it mean that we should do nothing until a genocide is imposed on everything which is free and natural, knowing the impact of fossil fuels on the eco-system?
The country calls for a paradigm shift in its now obsolete political system. Since the mentality shift is already here, we now wait for the political shift, towards a real democracy. What did not happen can now happen. Some people remain passive or even give up because they do not muster enough courage to voice out, or because they are bound by the slavery that the system has pushed them into. Tremendously helpful in this mission is the fortress of ignorance, stupidity and political partisanship awaiting them every day at 19h30, on the national TV station.
Many a times, someone quite well-known and respected in the media told me: “You have to be part of the system, you need to feed yourself and buy clothes. The days when there was some hope was back in the 80s…you can’t fight the system anymore by being on the outside.” I pay attention to what he says while the pressure and indignation mount up to my brain. Is he trying to convince me or is he trying to convince himself for having given up?
I have no doubt that the year 2013 has pushed the citizens into a deeper comprehension of the conspiracy being hatched by the decision-makers of the country against the future of their children. Since they have been wilfully and repeatedly gone against the apparatuses set up to regulate, scrutinise, propose and decide about the future of a less polluted country.
The pseudo-democracy we are now living in calls for a radical change. Public interest has to be the main focus, rather the unsolicited bidders’ interests. The anaesthetised population should not give up. If there is something they should give up on, it is this lethargy and indifference.
A completely different and sustainable future is possible and it will be determined by our ability to vote correctly in 2015. Political parties need to come forward well in advance with their manifestos and commit to strictly abide by them if they are elected. This is crucial, since nowhere in the labour government’s manifesto was it mentioned that coal power plants and biometric cards would be forced upon us.
Voters’ choice: what they need and want must matter now. It is time for them to claim their full prerogative over their land, rights, economy and future through a sustainable development model. If it was possible for a road project to be delayed in Iceland in order to protect hidden elves and the environment last year, I do not see why our government should be going against proven facts for the protection of its people, provided by the National Energy Commission.
Shimanda Mungur is a school therapist and social activist. She takes particular interest in human rights and environmental issues.