OPINION

Focusing on the job at hand

The list of scandals that Parliament is being called upon to investigate just keeps getting longer every day – with the Siemens probe being the most recent. After being looked at by Parliament, the issues are then handed over to the justice system and, inevitably, end up being pored over the mass media, which, in turn, run their own informal investigation. It is certainly a good thing that, under the current government, scandals of all types are being investigated and the public can expect some answers to come from these probes. However, scandalmongering is a completely different kettle of fish, as all it achieves is drawing the government and the public’s attention away from the more pressing issues that plague the country, and the issues that require some tough decisions to be made – and soon. In short, every important scandal must be investigated with due diligence, but the investigative process should not render the government incapable of doing its job, especially not during such difficult times.