Slippers & Democracy

Badrya Darwish

Badrya Darwish

Watching the ugly scenes which took place in the parliament on Monday was really shocking for the nation. It’s not the first time, of course, that such rough disputes take place in Majlis Al Umma and for sure it won’t be the last. It happens nearly all over the world. We see clashes and lawmakers get over excited and behave in undemocratic manners in many countries. The irony is that this takes place in the halls of democracy.

I’m not so furious that these parliamentarians lost their temper. But when I looked again this morning at the photos, I was frustrated to see joy and mocking in their eyes when they were exchanging slippers (Al Na’al). They reminded me of the hooligans in Marseille who demolished the pitch and attacked each other and even fought on the street bare-chested and with whatever tools that came to hands. Are these the kind of men that represent the nation in that parliament?

In Marseille they were hooligans, not decision makers, not lawmakers. Not the people who are suppose to stand up for the nation and represent it in the eyes of us and the world – and look after our interests and rights. I don’t know if still the Kuwaiti nation – after this, will have any respect for parliament or voting or bother to go for the upcoming elections. These lawmakers don’t show us this face when we go for their diwaniyas and campaign tents. They always talk like honorable gentlemen who are here to represent and protect us and who are sophisticated and well mannered.

Then what happens once we vote for them as they reach their chairs in the Assembly. They forget all our problems and work for their interests. Show me one serious achievement parliament has made in the last three years in favor of the nation. I think this should be a lesson for all of us in Kuwait. When get go to elect the next parliament, we need to really scrutinize whom we are voting for. I’m sorry to write this during Ramadan because usually I avoid criticizing during the holy month.

By Badrya Darwish
badrya_d@kuwaittimes.net


This article was published on 14/06/2016