OPINION

Time to talk in real terms

The debate that has been generated by the prime minister’s decision last week to call for a vote of confidence in Parliament on Friday may be the last opportunity we have for a serious discussion on where the country is headed, on what its prospects are and what kind of growth model it needs to pursue in order to not only emerge from the crisis but to get back on the path to prosperity.

Instead, members of the governing parties and the opposition are engaged in a war of words, flinging insults at one another even though most of the country’s voters have become immune to such tactics.

One-upmanship in clever rebukes on television is not of any help whatsoever to the country and the people know this.

What they need is the truth. They need someone to present them with practical solutions to the everyday and long-term problems they are facing and they also expect a modicum of consensus between the different sides for the good of the nation.