RON DERBY: Prudence, not populism, must rule in manifesto season
It's the practice of all manner of politicians across the globe to be more concerned about their prospects than about party or country
If you are searching for inspired reading, the last place you should look is in the manifesto of a political party. The rise of nationalism, and with it the opportunists seeking to benefit from the emotions that are naturally stoked by issues such as immigration and security, have placed us all in a rather precarious position. It's a pretty volatile situation in an era when the humdrum that was once the politics of the day has been disrupted by the influence of social media, and policy uncertainty is stoked by rumblings of influencers from within governing parties themselves. You'd think it would be in the interest of a senior party member to ensure some sense of stability. Let's take the ill-considered views of the ANC's Mzwandile Masina, who this week tweeted about the "nationalisation" of the Reserve Bank. It's noise that excites the ultrarevolutionaries in the party, although the Bank's independence and its mandate are constitutionally protected. White monopoly capital, represen...