THE self-inflicted damage to the economy occasioned by the extraordinary and dangerous decision by the president to play Russian roulette with the leadership stability at our globally respected Treasury has exposed a nagging fear and concern over the calibre of leadership at the highest level of government in the past decade.The damage to the economy was immediate and deep, and it will take a long time and much effort to correct.The biggest casualty was the confidence and trust of the investing community. There is now considerable doubt over our ability to make rational decisions, at a time when all of the rating agencies and the World Bank have raised serious concerns over the implementation of policies to stimulate growth.We have experienced a crisis of Gramscian proportions that has confirmed long-held suspicions that there is a glaring leadership gap at the political level.We all know that managing a state is a complex and challenging business. We also know that mistakes will be...

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