My Politics

Personal

My politics is Center-Right, and my natural home has been the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Ghana’s only Centre-Right political party.

Since the 1990s, from my undergrad days, I have been a political activist for the NPP, and have participated in many grassroots, door-to-door canvassing activities for the Party.

I have also been involved in many pro-democracy agitations leading to the commencement of the Fourth Republic. I recollect being brutally assaulted with truncheons by the Mounted Squadron of the Ghana Police Service in one of those agitations. The entire period of my undergrad days were filled with running battles with the Rawlings-led military dictatorship, which became the present day National Democratic Congress (NDC).

I believe in promoting private enterprise and influencing public policy on socio-economic issues by shaping the political beliefs of the governed, and decision-makers, based on center-right political ideas. I position myself where centre-right political ideas intersect with public policy. My advocacy-politics is to shape attitudes, perceptions, and beliefs of the governed towards connecting with the New Patriotic Party.

While I am opposed to the political ideology and violent antecedents and proclivities of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the second of the two largest political parties in Ghana which lays contested claims to being social democrats, I have great personal friends and contacts within it, including Ministers of States, Members of Parliament (some of whom have been clients), and other senior party officials.

This by itself is a microcosm of the nature of politics in Ghana: that while the public space, in terms of political power and public policy, are hotly contested , privately, there is a great deal of interconnections that spans the professional, familial, and collegial.

 

Heritage

I am proud of my Danquah-Busia-Dombo heritage, which is the bedrock on which the NPP was formed, and stands, and from which I owe my Center-Right politics.

The Danquah-Busia-Dombo tradition elevates the primacy of individual liberties, open markets, good governance and rule of law, and the supremacy of the power of the governed over state and public officials.

It is our core belief that creating opportunities for Ghanaians to economically empower themselves will lead to better outcomes such as a democratic and free society, and ultimately, responsible and accountable governments.

The Danquah-Busia-Dombo heritage believes in individual ingenuity and enterprise as a basic block for building a prosperous society. While recognizing the State as the provider of security, safe borders, and enforcing law and order, we believe that the state should largely stay out of the way, restricting itself to facilitating the personal growth and development of the entrepreneurial individual.

We believe that in pursuing its facilitative roles, the State should intervene only to the extent that it protects the extremely vulnerable and disadvantaged in society, but doing so in such a way that it helps them to eventually stand on their own feet, not to be a cradle-to-grave benefactor.

These two, my personal political experiences, and the Danquah-Busia-Dombo ‘ideology’, sums up my politics.

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