The Martyrs of our independence – 28th February 1948
Lift high the flag of Ghana,
The gay star shining in the sky,
Bright with the souls of our fathers,
Beneath whose shade we’ll live and die!
Red for the blood of the heroes in the fight,
Green for the precious¹ farms of our birth-right,
And linked with these the shining golden band
That marks the richness of our Fatherland.
The words of our first National Anthem, abandoned after 1966 explains that the red in the flag signifies the blood that was shed by heroes in the fight for our independence. But who are these heroes adn how have we honoured them. Have we so soon forgotten Sgt Adjetey, Lance Corporal Attipoe and Private Odartey Lamptey, who unlike our politicians who led us to independence paid with their lives so that we should be free?
The 28th February Road that leads to Christiansborg Castle at Osu, was the seat of government in 1948 as it is now. The actions of that day triggered a series of events that led to our independence and we should learn to honour the heroes and others who played a significant role in those events. Continue reading “The Martyrs of our independence – 28th February 1948”
Big Society: One size fits all?
Submitted 25 Feb 2011 10:52am
One size does not fit all. Give government work programme contracts to local organisations says business and training consultant Ade Sawyerr.
The Conservatives won the election in 1983 because the country did not want to relive the crisis of the mid to late 1970s with all the union strikes and the problems of the economy that brought the IMF to intervene in the Britain and demand a structural adjustment of the economy. But Margaret Thatcher almost closed down Britain after she took over as Prime Minister in 1979. She destroyed the manufacturing base, took on the unions, sent 3 million people to the dole and sent the country into recession.
The country must have voted for her partly because of the Falklands War, but mainly because of the confidence they had that she could sort out the economy.
An economy which has millions of people unemployed is not a productive economy and the government ends up spending more money on unemployment benefit. But in truth governments wish that everyone would work, to increase the national income and also to pay taxes. So what did Thatcher do that is not happening now. Continue reading “Big Society: One size fits all?”