DA's Head of Policy resigns

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Well that's just about the only voice of reason gone. One of the few who actually still believed in non-racialism and wasn't afraid to speak her mind. I actually had hopes that her appointment and statements were an indication that the DA was possibly moving back to its original core value of non-racialism. Pity.
 

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ugh, given the DA's shyte-show of a policy mess the headline created some hope, only to be dashed completely when it becomes clear this lady had BETTER policy ideas than the DA would allow

I guess own goals are the DA's new specialty
 

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She should have learnt from Lindiwe's situation the DA dont like strong black women.
 

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If that article is a true reflection of her resignation letter then I am even more surprised she is staying on as an MP.
 

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I think she could be making a play for the leadership.

There are a lot of people in the DA who share her political position. As head of policy, she would also be more privy to how well the DA will do in an election. Which means that she could very well be banking on the DA not doing well.

All of the problems the DA have been having have been because they have had a SJW leader who cares about feelings instead of principles.
 

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WTF!? Shocking from the DA. Irrespective of their policy disagreements that was just bad administration from the get go. The second biggest party in SA using fresh uni grads and no budget? For goodness sake.

If that article is a true reflection of her resignation letter then I am even more surprised she is staying on as an MP.
Indeed. If I were stymied and isolated in an organisation like that I'd tell them to get lost.
 

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One of the best brains in the DA. I agree with her view, but pragmatically, you do need to pander to 20-year old apartheid victims to make progress in the South African electorate.
They need to do both. The most powerful politician in the world isn't president because he wrote out a perfect piece of policy. Trump didn't write a 10 page document describing the pros and cons of border security. He came up with one sentence that described his whole position.

That is what that billboard was.
 

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"The party spends more on temporary billboards and other marketing than it does on developing a longer-lasting comprehensive policy blueprint for the country."

This has always been the problem with the DA, everything comes down to branding and projecting a particular image so they'll get votes. Everything else, policy and substance, is secondary.
 
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WTF!? Shocking from the DA. Irrespective of their policy disagreements that was just bad administration from the get go. The second biggest party in SA using fresh uni grads and no budget? For goodness sake.
When I was freshly minted University graduate, I applied to be a Parliamentary Researcher. I surprisingly got offered the job despite arguing with the interviewer over the DA's drug policy (lol) but the pay was low-ish and you were expected to work on public holidays and weekends on occasion. It seems nothing much has changed in terms of pay, hence why only new university grads would accept the job, IMO.
 

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#32
upset she couldnt get her policies recognised.

so then she just resigned as head of policy and not from the da.

how often or easily are policies actuated elsewhere?
 

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upset she couldnt get her policies recognised.

so then she just resigned as head of policy and not from the da.

how often or easily are policies actuated elsewhere?
"Let's hire an engineer to make engineering decisions for our organisation. Call them the head of engineering, then ignore every recommendation that they make."
 

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One of the best brains in the DA. I agree with her view, but pragmatically, you do need to pander to 20-year old apartheid victims to make progress in the South African electorate.
No you don't. They are a vocal minority, they don't even vote and the vocal radical once already vote EFF or BLF the DA is never going to get their votes until they grow up so there is absolutely no need to pander to them.
 

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No you don't. They are a vocal minority, they don't even vote and the vocal radical once already vote EFF or BLF the DA is never going to get their votes until they grow up so there is absolutely no need to pander to them.
Fair enough. My initial comment was very specific for humourous effect.

In general, I do maintain that a lot needs to be sugarcoated to make progress in the South African electorate, and Gwen doesn’t seem to believe in sugarcoating.
 

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Fair enough. My initial comment was very specific for humourous effect.

In general, I do maintain that a lot needs to be sugarcoated to make progress in the South African electorate, and Gwen doesn’t seem to believe in sugarcoating.
I fully agree with her. Most of the current problems we face is because of sugercoating. We need to start treating people like adults and be brutally honest with each other. Especially at a political level.
 
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The DA is pandering to the lowest common denominator and ignoring what is important. They lost their way in the face of populism.
 
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"We stand for classical liberalism: an effective way to defeat poverty and tyranny through a system of limited government, a market economy, private enterprise, freedom of speech, property rights and the rule of law."
Please get back to this DA.

Stop coalitions with racists and criminals.

Stop playing identity politics.
 

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Please get back to this DA.

Stop coalitions with racists and criminals.

Stop playing identity politics.
Look at the bigger picture, they can stand for what they stand for as long as they like but it will remain just that if they don't seize any opportunities presented to them to further their agenda, there is a goal of seeing the country being run according your way of classical liberalism and there is the small problem of actually getting there at the highest office to run the country as you see fit, complain all you want but the DA's problems are very simple, their classic liberalism ways are useless if they don't have a country to govern, even the ANC has had to modify their values and policies along the way.
 
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