On Jeremy Corbyn, Ghana and a new kind of Politics

Jeremy Corbyn, MP. PHOTO: theguardian.com

Jeremy Corbyn, MP. PHOTO: theguardian.com

Veteran Labour MP for Islington North, Jeremy Corbyn, has won the leadership election of the Labour Party in one of the most surprising electoral races in history. Earlier on in the race he was considered the least likely to win the election but the support of the unions and his opposition to a welfare bill that the rest of Labour abstained from helped Corbyn to surge Continue reading

If Superheroes could vote, who would they vote for?

Superhero movies and cartoons have mostly been the way in which I got to know about superheroes growing up. Like most children, I saw superheroes as representatives of good fighting the evil that attempts to destroy the earth and the innocent helpless humans.

Becoming interested in politics made me realise that many of these superheroes had backgrounds or ideologies which shaped their worldview and determined who they took on. In this post I briefly analyse the backgrounds and ideals of five superheroes Continue reading

Is the Ghanaian Left Missing out on Socially Liberal Voters?

In many political environments around the world the political parties on the Left are not only progressive in economic policies but also progressive in social issues. However, from my review of policy and ideological positions of political parties in Ghana I realised that only one party in the country, the GCPP, had sought to appeal to social liberals in its party platform. The rest of the political parties Continue reading

Is Partisanship a Good or Bad Force in Ghana Politics?

Partisanship is usually listed among the issues derailing Ghana’s march to development. And in truth, it is sometimes amusing to see how minds can change on issues depending on the position of a political party on it. This type of alignment of public opinion to the views of political parties is more remarkable because of the ideological flipflopping of the two major political parties.

It appears then that rather than ideology Continue reading

Ethnicity and Kwame Nkrumah

Truth of the matter

Jerome Kuseh

Among the things Kwame Nkrumah is celebrated for today was his commitment to building a national identity that transcended the ethnic identities that made up Ghana. Nkrumah, an Nzema from the Western Region was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in 1951 as the representative of Accra Central.

In his book Dark Days in Ghana written in exile in Guinea after the coup that removed him from office in 1966

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A Guide to the Ideologies of Political Parties in Ghana

A political party’s ideology guides its economic, social, governance, legal and foreign policies. One of the most vivid methods by which an ideology can be visualised is by the description of an ideal world as envisioned by the adherents of that ideology. For example, if your ideal world is one in which everything is owned by everyone (no privately-held property) and shared according to need, you are a Continue reading

The Other Victims of Al-Shabaab

At times when people have tried to draw attention to the other side of a story, they have been accused (sometimes legitimately) of glossing over the glaring crime that has been committed. Pointing at someone’s burnt house while another’s is currently on fire can sometimes be unseemly. But in the case where someone has to pay for another’s crime, we have to speak up.

At least one hundred and forty-seven people were brutally murdered by Al-Shabaab on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at the Garissa University College. Continue reading

The New Rush for Parliament

In the last few weeks, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah, George Andah, Phillip Addison and Abeiku Santana have expressed their intention to contest in party primaries for the right to be party candidates for parliament in the general elections in 2016. I have heard some commentators welcome the move as an indication that people are becoming more conscious of their duty towards the country and are now willing to directly contribute to governance.

The intention of Kojo and George especially Continue reading