A strong and informed opposition is always healthy, so the exponents of the modern democracy continually advocate. Well if the speech of the Democratic Alliance‘s shadow minister on trade and industry, Dr. Wilmot James, to the House of Commons in London is anything to go by, is just a case of “same old, same old“, filled with cliches and boring statistics scrounged from publications such as Doingbuisness.org. Furthermore, it illustrates why poor legislation comes about, in many cases uncontested unless it touches a political nerve.
The speech concludes with a set policy proposals that will form part of the official opposition’s manifesto for the 2014 elections. Read the full speech here! To what extent the opposition has canvassed the real import/export community is questionable, and reveals a level of understanding that is ‘uninformed’ at best. I’m not impressed and totally uninspired.