Bill Anderson: N.A.S.A is alive and well

Image - Ayuntamiento de Mijas

Image - Ayuntamiento de Mijas

Whatever happened to the concept of Question and Answer? Although I haven’t watched  television for more than 20 years, I still get what passes for news these days forced into my Social Media feeds and sometimes I even watch them, and immediately regret the minutes of my life lost, never to be recovered.

This was again brought to my attention at the last Mijas Council Meeting, except that it was 3 hours of my life never to be recovered. A simple question, “Do you consider it reasonable to present such an important document 19 hours before this Meeting?” I can’t even begin to describe what happened next, but suffice it to say that  this was the detonator which erupted into hours of insults and recriminations from both sides of the chamber. It seems to be the norm now that politicians, and not just in my local domain, operate on the N.A.S.A. principle, “Never A Straight Answer.”

Of course, with local elections coming up next year at the end of May, we all want to show how caring and smart we are: we want to expose the deficiencies of  the governing parties (I am in opposition, by the way), and they want to show the inadequacies of the opposition and how unsuitable they would be to occupy their governing shoes.

Attributed to many different writers, “Truth is the first casualty of war.” When hostilities break out, the single object of each belligerent participant is victory. To secure and maintain power, every means are taken by those in power  to suppress criticism. It may be a cliché but true, nevertheless, that attack is the best line of defence. 

And who wins through all of this? Certainly not the public who pay our salaries. It doesn’t even have good entertainment value.

Addendum: Expat Radio

Bill Anderson is also a presenter on Expat Radio with a show which goes out every Friday at 13:00h. Expat Radio is an online radio station which has listeners from around 120 countries, with 97,000 listeners at any one time. Bill interviews expats living in Spain. His guest on Friday 7th October is Jodie Stewart who lives in Marbella and works in the live music and recordings industry. You can listen live by clicking on the link

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