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In 2005, with the adoption of the Constitution, we were looking forward to becoming a functioning democracy. At about the same time, it seemed like we were beginning to enter the stage of becoming a flourishing democracy. But a few years thereafter, we began to develop a sick feeling that something was wrong with the functioning of our democracy. It is now 2023 and we have, essentially, been stopped dead in our tracks under the current government of becoming a flourishing democracy and have now embarked on entering the failed state runway.
Some analysts have observed that the lack of urgency from the kingdom’s government to address key issues is seriously damaging the opportunity for investment, as well as the image of the country. How did we miss the flourishing democracy highway? It all began when the government lost the trust of the people; it was a slow erosion over time and then it became a flood. 

Today the government is giving the impression that all is well, yet it is failing the people of this country. What it is doing is just another cheap trick to keep people on buying tickets to its circus. We are a barely functioning democracy, with increasing levels of hardship across all income categories. In a bizarre way, the State has prevented the flourishing of the State.
We are unable to fix unemployment. We are unable to curtail violence. We have an ideological approach to public service, instead of a flourishing country approach. We call on our suffering citizens to be resilient, while no plan emerges to address their catastrophic poverty. I want to scream when I see senators falling asleep during Senate sittings. Trust has been eroded. Pragmatism is completely absent.

Accountability is non-existent. Solutions are corrupted and urgency is a foreign concept. We are at a dead end. At every level, we are regressing in the functioning of our democracy. And still, despite all these worst-case scenarios, the government has an aversion to people who speak out and instead has a love for those who tell us it’s not that bad. How bad must it be before it is bad?

Lorenzo Davids

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