Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has again said, while giving Waqt News an interview at his Lahore residence on Sunday, that he holds the judiciary in high esteem but it should also reciprocate his respect and give due regard to his office. The gap between speech and deed is tremendous. It seems almost as if Mr Gilani has been assigned the duty of making such anodyne statements while the President guards his counsel. Mr Gilanis call for respect for his office he said was because he represented Parliament. This is not entirely correct, for Parliament is represented by the Presiding Officers of the two Houses, one office of which Mr Gilani has held, that of Speaker of the National Assembly. Mr Gilani should remember that as PM he is also head of the executive, and that is the branch which the judiciary is enjoined to check. By making the executives refusal to implement the orders of the Supreme Court a matter between Parliament (the Legislative branch) and the judiciary, Mr Gilani is doing no service to the country, but merely proving right the critics who complain that the government has become nothing but a means of saving Bhuttos son-in-law from the consequences of his actions. If Mr Gilani means what he says, he should make sure that the Supreme Courts orders in the NRO case are implemented, and the executive must not devote itself to stymieing the Supreme Court whenever it tries to act against corruption and the corrupt. Another thing Mr Gilani said was that the Opposition feared the coming Senate elections, and was preparing for them. This statement seems more directed against political opponents than a serious analysis, for Mr Gilani knows as well as anyone that Senate seats are pre-determined by the party positions in the provincial assemblies, and it is to the advantage of smaller parties to combine, so that they can parley their provincial seats into Senate memberships. If these are the analyses that Mr Gilani is making, he would do better to concentrate on running the government in the interest of the people, who are already suffering needlessly from inflation and shortages, and corruption in high places as well as the persistent lack of law and order, not to forget the governments kowtowing to the USA. While Senate elections are relatively tame affairs, Mr Gilani should be moving into a mode to face the electorate in general elections, for not only does each passing day bring the next general election closer, but the bleeding away of allies from his government makes those elections even closer.