Monday, April 22, 2024

KRYSTLE CLEAR: One Year Later, objectively


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It has been one year since the landslide victory for the current administration and it has been a very interesting past 12 months.

I have observed the flurry of activity, many times in awe at and overwhelmed by the volume of communication. I have also observed the commentary generated from numerous individuals and organisations.

The one observation that stands out has been the expected but unhelpful discourse from the party faithful, where those who are supportive of the current administration wax philosophical on the ‘perfection’ of the work executed.

Conversely, the opposing camp struggles to give the slightest acknowledgement that the current administration has done anything positive, often affixing a caveat to justify why even the positive effort was, in fact, detrimental.

The problem with either position is that it leaves the average citizen uncertain as to what is truth versus exaggerated fabrication.

How do we know that the current path we are on is the best path when the commentary is littered with opinions that focus more on party allegiance rather than what is best for the country?krystle-clear-bloc-new

How do we move forward when those who can help refuse to extend a hand and serve because their preferred party is not in power?

Or worse yet, the hand extended and capable of help is slapped away because that help comes from the wrong party camp or an apolitical individual!

We should acknowledge the achievements of the current administrations whilst simultaneously encouraging honest discourse around the numerous Mission Critical items that were promised in the 2018 Manifesto to be completed within the first six months in office that have not materialised.

This conversation should not be mired by denial but an acceptance that the promises made were not executed. An explanation should be provided that does not include the previous administration’s failings along with the revised plan to ensure that these items are achieved and the new, realistic target dates for their completion.

A review of the Manifesto will reveal the numerous promises that have either fallen off the plate, the status is unclear or in progress, or the item has been delayed without adequate explanation, such as:



And for those that find it difficult to identify the areas of achievement by the current administration, some of the more notable achievements as promised in the Manifesto include:



If we want to turn the country around, our leaders and citizens must identify and eliminate the “Yes Men” and “Negative Nancies”. The benefits and consequences of the identified achievements should also be explored to identify areas for improvement and lessons learned for similar areas that have not been completed.

It is only when we start to have these honest and objective discussions, that we can then progress as a country towards real change.

*Krystle Howell, CPA, CIA, COSO, ALMI, ACS, aka Mavis, is an Internal Auditor by profession, avid artist and a lover of dance.


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