I really liked this article from Kuwait Times regarding stands from member of parliament. Good read:
Contradictory stands of MPs
Yesterday, If a researcher decided to do a doctoral thesis about politicians saying and doing extraordinarily contradictory things in any country at a certain time, he will not find better material for his case study that Kuwait as a country and members of the National Assembly as politicians during the period from 2009 to 2012.
That researcher will find a wealth of material about contradictory stands taken by these MPs, and will be surprised by how an MP can say something, and then act exactly in an opposite fashion.
The researcher will find a complete variance between words and deeds of these politicians. And even as the MP says completely contradictory things, the researcher will still find him appearing before his people as a man of principle safeguarding the interests of Kuwaitis, and ostensibly trying to instill the meaning of justice, freedom and equality in the society.
The researcher will be surprised by the number of Kuwaiti citizens who believe those MPs, follow them and even defend them. They rather carry them on their shoulders to encourage them.
The researcher will notice that the MP who reaches the Parliament through by-elections – which is a crime according to the law because he deprives others from reaching the Parliament and representing the people – publicly swears that he will strongly defend the law and the constitution, and fight for the right of each citizen to be treated as an equal in the matter of opportunities.
The researcher will notice that any Kuwaiti MP, to begin with, has a simple life, especially those who do not have a degree, but then turns into a property owner and becomes wealthy within a short period of time. But that does not prevent him from accusing others of reneging on their oath and becoming richer by misusing their office.
The researcher will notice that the MP continuously accuses the government of being corrupt. With very little effort, the researcher will also discover that much of the corruption is committed by MPs who hardly hesitate to intervene and ensure promotion of one at the expense of another, or to steal an influential job from a citizen who deserves it and grant it instead to another who does not, or to send some one who feigns to be sick but actually wants to go on a pleasure trip abroad at the expense of the government while rejecting the claim of some other genuinely sick person.
The researcher will notice how the MP’s personal interests dictate everything. If his supporters put out posts on Twitter against the government, they will be considered innocent who should not be questioned, otherwise the government would be considered dictatorial. In case, he is held responsible for his misbehavior, he will quickly file complaints, and hurl accusations of being hypocrites and mercenaries against his opponents.
The researcher will find out that it is the construct of an MP in Kuwait which founded the culture of violence, and encouraged defiance of the head of the regime. The MP would address the head in an unacceptable way, compromise national unity, and tear the society’s fabric.
He is the one who spreads hate talk but, despite all that, still accuses the government and its supporters of all the above crimes. Kuwaiti MP is the one who insulted the country, its Amir, people and stability, and despite that he claims he is the one honest defender of all these things. — Al-Watan
By Aziza Al-Mufarej