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21 Responses to “Who left The Bigger Mess?”

  1. NDC professional liers. Look at the records and bury your heads in shame. It baffles me how you manage to spew all these lies that are not supported by the facts and still feel unashamed to to go to the churches and mosques.

  2. This silly academic article doesn’t help in any practical economics.You sit somewhere and copy from books to blind fold people.Nonsense!

    • James said

      Freddy, can you provide alternative information, same as or better, which will help in any way, without quoting from books etc.?
      To prove something is nonsense you have to provide a better alternative.
      People who pretend they “know all”, and criticise others but do not provide the correct answers or any proofs should better keep their mouths shut and not make nuisance of themselves.

  3. Pelicles said

    Both parties are the same but appears with different outfit.

    Mr Casely-Hayford, till Ghana builds up strong institutions to arrest the sordid affairs we have, we are going nowhere. Our politicians behave like “comedians” who turns up just to make us laugh. They seems oblivious to what is actually at stake.

  4. Don Blunt said

    The “comedians” have a lot to cover up; their ignorance of the substance they are supposed to deal with.

    SHOUT AND LEAVE THE BATTLE-GROUND BEFORE YOU ARE DISGRACED BY YOUR OWN LACK OF KNOWLEDGE.

    We look forward to the figures this current Government will leave behind in 2012

  5. Brilliant article Sydney.Ghanaians our fate is in our hands.We must not let politicians take us for a ride.We must vote with our eyes wide opened.

  6. Although the records are clear for all to see, the NDC fools will show up soon with all kinds of different argument to support thier incompitent and curroptions.

  7. Raheim said

    Syndey Casely Hayford would have done credence to his intellectual credibility by putting the indicators in context i.e. adjusting the figures to reflect the actual term periods of each government or since the NPP figures begin where the NDC1 ends, he should have juxtaposed the NDC1 figures to the prior period. Casely Hayford’s analysis is akin to a 4X100metres race where the penultimate runner gives the baton to the anchor when S/He is not running last in the race as pertained when the NDC1 assumed office. Indeed the NPP received the baton at a time when they were within the top three. Also Casely Hayford discounts the extrnal environment in 1998-2000 where the price of Gold and Cocoa plummented. Yes, the NPP experienced the credit crunch and the oil shock, between 2007-2009, but this was not as devastating as the crisis in 1998-2000. When the facts are presented in an honest intellectual perspective, then the NPP should have done and achieved far more than the infrastructural and development achievements of the NDC1 regime.

    • James said

      Yes Raheim,
      Take it from here. Continue and finish where Sydney left off, or failed to do. We can all contribute the little we know for everyone to be fully informed. You seem to know that something is missing from Sydney’s piece, please provide it and show where he went short.

  8. Klutse said

    What difference does it make when NDC assumed office? Before NDC, there was PNDC, which is the same NDC that has ruled the country for eleven years and destroyed the economy so no matter where you begin, the economy was destroyed by Rawlings and his P/NDC people.

  9. Raheim said

    It makes a world of difference if you take the pre-PNDC/NDC1 as a reference point. The economy should be seen as a continuum. The Ghanaian economy did not start deteriorating between the P/NDC1 and NPP era. To be fair to both P/NDC1 the reference datum will paint a bigger picture. I believe the issue ought to be who did a better job and managing the economy and not who left a bigger mess!

  10. Noko Bi said

    We cannot make a fair comparison in this sort of presentation without recourse to the macroenvironmental conditions at the time. For example, in 1998-2000, the price of gold did not just fall, Ghana hedged and lost as well. So revenue and funds were constrained. On the other hand the NPP time saw a huge upsurge in the global economy and the pumping into the economy of huge remittance from the Diaspora. To what extent did this stimulate add to the NPP grow. Note that NPP registed a huge trade deficit of over $5billion as opposed to the NDC about $1billion. Does this imply that the inflows from remittances might have stimulated imports but did not necessarily contribute to production for export? To what extent were these factors of the macroenvironment of the periods under consideration?

  11. Kweku D said

    Thank you. Please did you factor in the debt write-off during NPP?

    • Ghanaman said

      The debt write off is a credit to NPP because it was a policy it pursued which NDC at that time said was a bad policy to take the country to hipc.

      Whatever you think of the debt forgiveness, it was a policy NPP pursued, it was not an automatic giveaway, so whatever credit came out of it should be in NPP favor, ‘comprende’?

  12. 2010 Voter said

    for once a very intelligent article, the kind we need to propel the nation forward devoid of partisan emotions

  13. Realisticaly every regime starts well but loses focus due to the lack of political will to continue sour but prudent economic policies.ELLECTION GHOST AY OUR MERCY.

  14. Where is this idiot getting his figures from. A typical NPP propaganda. The whole world know about the inflation figures by the end of 2008. It was 19.5 not 14. Pls don’t be stupid.

    • James said

      THE WORDS “IDIOT” AND “STUPID” ARE THE TYPE OF WORDS SOME PEOPLE LEARN FROM INFANCY, AND SO THEY NEVER, NEVER FORGET THEM! THEY USE THEM WHEN ADDRESSING THEIR PARENTS TOO.

  15. Kweku said

    This is fantastic. Can we have people really preparing before they come out. Especially when coming to speak on national media. This is a plus for the writer.Good work done.

  16. Sargo said

    HOPE THIS WRITER IS NOT THAT STUPID, TO INGORE HOW GHANA’S ECONONMY HAD COLLAPSED TOTALLY, BEFORE THE PNDC CAME IN AND LATER THE FIRST NDC. WE ALL REMEMBER THE SITUATION, WHERE, EVEN COMMON TOOTH PASTE, TOILET ROLL, SOAP, STAMPS, EM WRITING PADS, ETC, COULD NOT BE FOUND IN THE GHANAIAN MARKET AND WE HAD TO GO TO TOGO FOR SUCH THINGS. SO PLEASE, MR WRITER, DO NOT COMPARE APPLE WITH ORANGE. EXISTING CONDITION COUNTS, AND MUST THREFORE NOT BE INGORED WHEN TAKING PERFORMANCES INTO CONSIDERATION. THE PNDC TOOK UP A TOTAL COLLAPSED ECONOMY, LED A FOUNDATI0N THAT FINALLY SAW GHANA’S ECONOMY GROWING BACK GRADUALLY, BEFORE NPP TOOK POWER.

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