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Opinion

PARTLY FACETIOUS: Nature versus nurture

“What’s the opposite of right?” “Wrong.” “I meant right as in not correct, but right as in...
14 Oct 2021

“What’s the opposite of right?”

“Wrong.”

“I meant right as in not correct, but right as in entitlement…”

“Oh protocol you mean? I know so many, many politicians who gladly opt for lotahood…”

“Lotahood defined as?”

“Agreeing to follow a new leader that you may have been denigrating in return for protocol I guess.”

“Ha ha, there goes the age old argument of nature versus nurture.”

“I reckon both are involved especially in generational politics. Besides before you ask, protocol is a code allowing for perks and privileges at the taxpayers’ expense because the taxpayers elected the individual.”

“The code is written in this country for those who succeed in getting a ministry. For example if you are a federal minister you are entitled to a car, some security cars always behind you, cutting a queue…”

“Cutting the queue is an entitlement of all Pakistanis; I mean in France governments lose if they impose a heavier tax on cigarettes and wine and in Pakistan I assume a government that agrees to enforce a queue would lose elections though no one has dared to do so…”

“What’s the difference between an entitlement allowed under a written code and an entitlement allowed under the constitution?”

“The former can be changed by one signature while the latter requires two-third majority in parliament – oh I know where you are going with this but let me inform you that the Prime Minister and the Chief remain on the same page – the only issue is of synchronization of the speed of reading which has been agreed.”

“And as correctly pointed out by Fawad Chaudhary a re-tuning is required to synchronize the speed which is underway – it’s like turning off a steel mill and when you turn it on again it on requires time …”

“OK, we wait and see.”

Copyright Business Recorder, 2021

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