How do I explain right government to my kids. I would like to borrow from MythBusters - one of their favorite programs, the cooperation between the two hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman. The way they work with each other is how I like to see the opposition and the PAP do the same. I was encouraged that no opposition parties made government difficult during the Haze crisis but I was completely disappointed by VB attack and the PM idiotic follow up with his press statement yesterday.
Here's how two opposites make something better. Hear from the guys themselves, The Truth About Mythbusters. How I wished our political parties especially the spoilt and childish PAP were closer to this.
MH: Part of the appeal of the show is the bromance between the two of you—the chemistry of relationship that allows you to successfully bust myths.
Savage: There is a funny analogy here. Penn and Teller, who are friends of ours, describe their relationship as “two guys who opened a dry cleaning business together.” That’s quite an apt way to describe their relationship, and probably ours. It’s forged in some conflict, because we often disagree, but we also understand that that conflict often yields a stronger result than we would come up with on our own. Informed by that respect, we can survive driving each other nuts on a day to day basis.
Hyneman: The key to that is very simple: it’s respect. Adam and I don’t consider ourselves friends. We don’t spend any time together that we don’t have to. And yet, there’s a profound respect for what each of us brings to the table, and who we are as people. We hold to that. That’s the glue. If you don’t have respect, then you have a big problem.
Now this is my idea if oversimplified what a First World Parliament should be. I hope they could start respecting each other for all our sakes, or a growing number of us will make them lose. You screw this you simply leave a vacuum for others to come and fill them. Never mind your dirty tricks. They only help you hold on to power longer but in the end you still lose.
Work together if you respect the voters. Screw you otherwise.