[EDITORIALS]When will the party act?The whole country is in chaos. Major issues important for the future of the country, such as the transfer of wartime operational command and changing the composition of the Constitutional Court, are being debated. The administration and the ruling party add frustration to people’s sentiments by peddling their influence in personnel changes, trying to help people who share the same values as themselves attain important posts and firing a government official who turned down such a request.
Where is the Grand National Party now? The people chose the Grand Nationals as the lesser evil in the last local elections. But what is the party doing while the people feel frustrated? The objective of a representative system is to have representatives of the people debate grave matters in the country with professional knowledge so that people can feel safe enough to concentrate on their work. However, it is the media that disclose the allegations of corruption in the administration and open the debate on them. Nobody has heard a word from the Grand National Party.
All the opposition party does is merely repeat news content that has been reported already. When the Blue House and the Uri Party present an agenda, the Grand National Party simply opposes it or merely changes figures on it and calls it an alternative. On the polarization of society, the party only talks about who is responsible for it; on the government’s real estate measures, the Grand Nationals toy with figures; on wartime command, the party just opposes it. It is not the right way to meet the expectations of the people.
The Grand National Party must have excuses. As regards wartime control, the party had a debate on Thursday and showed its stance at a national defense committee meeting at the National Assembly yesterday. As for the scandalous firing of the vice minister of culture and tourism, the party plans to call a witness at a special session of the National Assembly in August. The problem is, however, that the party always displays belated reactions. The Grand National Party should now take the lead in resolving these issues. It should figure out how much more money will be spent if wartime control is transferred to us and how to find the financial resources for that. On suspicions of influence-peddling in personnel affairs, the party should bring those involved to the National Assembly to find who is responsible.
The party should make the media report what it has done. That is a representative system in the truest sense.