January 14th, 2012 | Author: Online Press
One lesson worth considering is this: When you’re the governing party, especially for a long time, you begin to rely more and more on the civil service and taxpayer dollars for everything – including the key elements required to keep your party vigorous, strong and relevant.
Does your party need intellectual capital – a steady stream of policy analysis and ideas? As the governing party, you can always expropriate some of it from your political opponents. But the longer you are in office, the more likely you are to get an increasing proportion of your intellectual capital from the civil service or by the use of taxpayer dollars to fund research projects and policy studies on any subject.
Does your party need trained human resources to help guide and run your political machinery as well as the government? You can get and maintain those resources by placing persons sympathetic to your partisan cause in political staff positions within the government and funded by the taxpayer. You can upgrade their knowledge and skills from time to time by sending them on courses or bringing in training consultants, again at taxpayer expense.
You can even use the civil service itself as a reservoir of potential candidates for elected office ………
Does your party need ever-expanding communications capacity to get out its messages? The party itself will have a small communications staff, but, if you’re the governing party, you can increasingly draw on the communications offices of ….. government departments and dozens of ….. agencies to help craft and deliver your key messages, again all at taxpayer expense.
But then, alas, the fateful day comes ……. when you’re no longer the governing party. No longer do you have access to the intellectual capital-generating capacities of the civil service. No longer do you have access to the human resources and training budgets of a …… taxpayer-funded enterprise. No longer do you have access to the hundreds of communications personnel and vehicles that were once at your beck and call.
Source: The Globe and Mail, Canada
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2016 : The Day of Reckoning
As a public figure, your actions are seen by the whole world by the actions and the policies you create, and likewise your actions will be judged by the masses, every single intentions will be scrutinised, if you are working for your own interests or for the collective good of every Singaporeans, if Singaporeans lives do not improve, 2016 will be the “Day of Reckoning”. – Contributed by Oogle.
作为公众人物，你的行动是由全世界看到您创建，同样，你的行动将会由群众来评判的行动和政策，将审议的每一个意图，如果你是为自己的利益或工作每一个新加坡人的集体利益，如果不改善新加坡人的生活，2016年将是“决战日”。 – 提供者Oogle。