It is now six months since the new government has been functioning but it is still not clear who is running the country. Inspite of, or possibly because of, frequent high level meetings and press conferences, TV interviews by ministers, advisers and party office bearers and with little or no change in the situation on the ground, the people are confused about who is in control? Or whether anyone in fact is. It is clear that the prime minister certainly is not. Mr Asif Ali Zardari who is frequently on visits abroad has the last word and the adviser to the ministry of interior which has no minister, appears to be throwing his weight around and is often laying down the policy of the central government in matters that often fall in the provincial governments' sphere of responsibility. To add to the confusion, the United States has a big say in how things should be handled, specially when it concerns matters of security. The dire state of the economy and our dependence on United States further complicates matters. This is not a very good start for a popularly elected government after months of public demand for the end of dictatorship. The unnatural alliance of the PML-N and the PPP brought about by peculiar circumstances and their declared resolve of getting rid of a military dictator has weakened, as the president's powers to interfere have been reduced. With his removal from office the unifying force of these two political parties is likely to further weaken and their differences are likely to surface in a manner that is likely to make their working together more unnatural and difficult. The situation on our North Western border and the un-resolved problems such as the restoration of the Supreme Court judges, food prices and the rising cost of living cannot be shelved for very long. If those in authority, do not pull themselves together and behave like a government, take decisions on national issues and give the people the impression that they know what they are doing, the public will not wait for long and will want another change. With the uncertain situation on our North West Frontier and the problems the country is facing internally, a further change so soon after the last one is not likely to produce the results that will necessarily change the situation for the better. In any case after one or two such changes if they do not produce the results that the people hope for, people may again be ready to accept authoritarian rule and we may then go back once again to what we have tried for more than half of our existence and found that it is not the answer to our problems. To obviate this possibility, it is necessary that political leaders change this style of government and their way of life which even the rulers of the richest countries of the world do not practice. It is sad that our rulers who should be conscious of this do not seem to care about the need to change their style of government. The writer is a political analyst