All's well that ends better
To Question and Criticise
An Op-ed by Istillian
Europeia is run and powered by volunteers. You may be employed, elected, or nominated into a position in the region, but one of the remarkable things about Europeia is that an incredible amount of effort goes into making it work and function through the sheer ability and dedication of these volunteers. So to be critical of the effort someone has made in any given role is difficult. From my experience, and I hope from others' experiences too, positive and constructive feedback has always been provided for the work that I do in some way or another - but as a minister, senator, or any other role that represents the citizens' interests, there are promises that you give and are expected to keep when you are elected or nominated to a position.
In the recent Executive Satisfaction Poll a comment from Supreme Chancellor Lethen queried the satisfaction ratings of the previous term.
This isn't to say that there was anything wrong with the last term, or that there is any skewed data in the reports from the poll - it was a largely successful term from both sides of the executive. However, commentary and results from the poll results seem to portray a message that Europeians are lacking in their criticism of our executives, particularly with any significant commentary or questions from those that still have a "newcomer" status. This in turn makes you wonder if people are concerned about being critical overall, whether the very notion of criticising or questioning someone on their work would have an overall negative impact on their own career.These approval ratings all seem artificially high; I wonder why that is. Are we all just that content? And is that a good or bad thing?
It is interesting to note that former Chief of State HEM reported in a recent address that,
Despite this feeling of under performance HEM still returned an incredibly high 90.5 percent satisfaction rating in the end of term executive satisfaction poll. While HEM is an experienced member of Europeian politics, and clearly performed well in the last term, this shouldn't exempt him from being challenged on the work he has done, or being questioned by those he represents on the efforts he made as chief of state.I can't completely shake the feeling that in the back-half of this term I've underperformed my own expectations, been stretched too thin, and new leadership is needed.
Current Chief of State Pichtonia recently reported in his campaign as the only ticket running that,
So knowing that Pichtonia was the only one vying to represent Europeia as chief of state this term, it was lucky that there was some questioning by cookiespaigentland, Rand, and Izzy; but it was Common-sense Politics (CSP) that put Pichtonia to the test with a thorough and rigorous questioning into his intentions for the coming term, giving insight into Pichtonia's true passion for the role, and providing information that may not have been gained otherwise.This is the third major election in recent times that I'm running unopposed in, and I know you can imagine that it's frustrating. Anyone who has run for office can probably imagine. You don't join a Republic such as ours to be crowned
Similarly, current Minister of Communications Xecrio, who recently ran a vigorous campaign for first minister, was grilled by Vice Chancellor Deepest House questioning the successful implementation of an upvote squad and dispatch program in the previous term. Xecrio has since allayed any fears of this not being a priority for successful implementation. But without someone questioning this, would we ever know until its success, or worse, its failure?
You could argue that the Senate has oversight of those in office, and holds them accountable to a certain degree. Generally speaking the executive satisfaction polls should also help with this accountability because of anonymous feedback being an option; but I would argue that we as citizens also need to speak up if there are concerns or questions about the promises being made by our leaders, as some of the more experienced and established members of our region like Deepest House with Xecrio and CSP with Pichtonia.
Questions are helpful, particularly if people care about the work that they are doing. The leaders that represent us also need to be held accountable to the promises they give, and simply communicating a concern or enquiring about the work people are doing publicly outside of a platform thread might just give us a glimpse into the inner workings of the region which we wouldn't have otherwise been provided with. So it would be at great risk to this community if we sat back and became complacent with what is being offered to us. Questions and criticism drive progress, and without progress we can never strive for anything more than the same.