Why You Failed!

By: Jumana Ghunaimat

تم نشره في Mon 23 May / May 2016. 11:07 PM
  • Jumana Ghunaimat

The overview provided yesterday by Lower (Representative) House Speaker, Eng Atef Tarawneh, on the performance of the 17th Lower House of Parliament, seems, in terms of figures, good, at least in comparison to those of previous formations.

Yet, in spite of all Tarawneh said, the truth remains that the current House has failed in making, as much as just a tad of difference in the minds of the people, as to improving the negative public perception, in general, of the House of Representatives. Which is a standing image that perceives the House as detached from public Jordanian aspiration, comprised in the votes of the electoral basis for MPs, save for the limited duration of the elections, and the exclusive benefits attained for the interests of those within the tighter circles of relatives and acquaintances.

Tarawneh blamed the media partially for this shortcoming, accusing media institutions of focusing critique on Representatives, while turning a blind eye to shortcomings in other institutions, when the fact is that placing the blame on media is not something only Tarawneh would do; but every failing official resorts to blaming the media for casting too much light on their institution’s performance; or lacking performance for that matter.

Media in the end, and news; does only to reflect the general condition. It communicates happenings and standing situations, including exploitations committed by some officials, Representatives as well, setting media up to be the scapegoat for failures, leaving out the real reasons behind the fiasco of the official foundation.

In all honestly, and by everybody’s estimates, the House of Representatives is useless! The House is not precisely important. More so the number of legislations passed by the House of Representatives, let alone the inquiries and investigations proposed by representatives.

Going back a little, we can isolate some of the factors leading to the weak performance of the current House of Representatives, as well as the majority of those preceding. Atop these factors is the very law of elections that brought into the House unqualified MPs, mindless of their real role.

Objectively speaking, the current House did indeed do their part wholly, and fully; not once stepping out of bounds or derailing from plan. Even the most important legislations were evident to us, in terms of timing and fates; they were to be passed!

Even should this House been able to pass twice as much legislation, they would still be incapable of changing the negative image in people’s minds about it, due to the discourses of many of its members, particularly seeking personal gains. The resignation of MPs has not been forgotten, and I doubt society has forgotten about the last bundle of appointments passed for MP relatives and acquaintances either.

Had the struggles under the Dome been about issues of public interests, citizens would have rooted for them, or at least taken one side or another. But the quarrelling and blabber, even the use of firearms and shoes, were to purely personal ends!

As for the institution’s monitory role, while it is true that the House did in fact discuss the reports issued by the Court of Audit, but has a single legislation been proposed or formulated to secure public funds in reality? Of course, and most unfortunately, no. The House did not play their monitory part convincingly, to at least show the public they are different from their predecessor.

Next to all that, the House played no major role in really facing up to any crisis, big or small, Jordan has endured over the past years, starting from the murder of Jordanian Judge Raed Zuaitar by Israeli occupational forces, all the way to the Country’s war on terror. Nor in the most recent case, as some Representative MPs seemed supportive of extremism, showing backward stances in regards to the battle for enlightenment!

This outstanding failure in changing the typical image people hold against the House of Representatives, is not the fault of the media, but its blame rests on the shoulders of the many MPs who fought imaginary battles, like Don Quixote, for personal gains. We all remember how many times the House waved the “motion to no confidence” (censure motion) card, only to always end up on the same rails, over again. The argument for gains and personal interests have always been the parliamentary motor behind MP attacks on particular ministers, on the expense of argument for the greater good of society.

Eventually, this is why the majority of the House of Representatives came out with poor performance in the general assessment, rooted by the typicality of the House failing to rise to the aspirations of the people, and dreams of having a representative institution that is really representative of the people’s interests, on their sides; legislatively as well as in terms on monitory tasks, instead of being so preoccupied with individual benefits.