Letters

The Scourge of the Scallywags

Every so many generations along comes a leader who can fool the people by telling them lies and falsities.

The British use rhyming slang to describe lies, they call them porkies, or porky pies. But our problem is not just the porkies uttered, but that they are uttered by a real obese porker.

A porker is a big fat pig in the English language, un cerdo de manteca de cerdo which is a more appropriate description in Spanish, a lard pig. The only reason I mention this is because obesity is based on gluttony’.

A biblical definition of gluttony is the habitual giving in to a greedy appetite by overindulging in eating and drinking. Gluttony includes an excessive desire for the pleasure that food and drink give to a person.

Gluttony in the Bible is a form of idolatry. When the desire for food and drink becomes too important to us, it’s a sign that it has become an idol in our lives. Any form of idolatry is a serious offense to God:

You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. (Ephesians 5:5, NLT).

It is common in politics to paint a political leader as the worst person to ever hold power, or that such a leader would drive civilisation into the ground. Often, this is hyperbole, but on a few rare occasions, such is the case. To rate someone among the worst of today’s leaders, we must consider if incompetence, fiscal mismanagement, human rights violations, corruption, propensity to violence and other such factors are at play.

While it can be argued intent may also be factored into bad leadership, in the case of the ULP we can only rate them among the worst ever, based on what the leadership has already done and that which is recorded. Because they currently remain in power and there may be much worse to come.

The over-educated idiot bloc is a fast growing political force in the Caribbean today. The University of the West Indies is overrun with them, in both the faculties and student bodies. The misnomer is that education leads to knowledge, which leads to better decision-making.

And this would be true if the degrees handed out in droves were actually the result of true education, based on true knowledge. But all too often, students are not taught to think; they are taught to repeat catch phrases and mantras. And look what this has produced. Everything involves “a national conversation” or the need to “speak truth to power”, blah, blah, blah.

How can an ignoramus have a conversation when he doesn’t know what the true issues are? And how can he speak truth to power when he doesn’t know the truth and he seeks TO BE the one in power? Simplistic answers to complex questions, parroted sometimes by a man with education, a nice smile, big hugs, and a blank stare in his eyes.

Lest you forget set your mind back to the NYPD fracas at our UN office, and the ongoing World discussion of the Yuggi Farrel matter, which went viral once more.

There are far too many wrongs to write about and of course I am aware that most Vincentians will already know most of the news reports and stories.

My fear is for the future of our politics that they may have been turned into a family dynasty as Ralph Gonsalves is at the end of the road. He has groomed his family to continue to run SVG if anything happens to him. You can be sure Camillo will be hoisted rapidly in as Prime Minister, no one else will have a look in, signed, sealed and approved by the new tame Governor-General.

Politics is the profession which can generate the strongest and most polarised of reactions in our society. That is scarcely surprising, as it is the profession which impacts all our lives in the most ways. And the people who practice politics may therefore be both loved and loathed, respected and ridiculed, or eulogised and feared by different sections of the community.

The words they utter are listened to intently and some of these words pass into our history as the most profound and erudite of utterances. Some others, however, are remembered as quite frighteningly dim-witted nonsense.

We are fortunately blessed with some Statesmen in the NDP whose service to their country is selfless and well-intentioned. And we have also been blessed with some who are genuinely political thinkers and they are a courageous NDP leadership.

Our NDP Statesmen tell you what is true even though it may be unpopular. The ULP politicians will tell you what is popular, even though it may be untrue.

But unfortunately, for every thought-provoking speech by a true statesman, there are countless less cerebral remarks from the ULP team. Which some of their political crap is destined to be remembered in the annals of history for ever – much to their chagrin!

A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen – Winston Churchill.

When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators – PJ O’Rourke

A politician thinks of the next election – a statesman of the next generation – James Freeman Clarke.

I make no apologies for placing some genuinely serious letters and opinions written by Peter Binose, and myself in this opinion. I am a passionate believer in democracy and too many people trivialise its importance by likening democratic leaders such as the President of the United States, and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to fascists, tyrants and dictators.

They are not, and the failings of democratic nations such as America or the UK should not be compared in any way to the failings of truly evil regimes and the people who preside over them. Any such comparison not only denigrates the value of democracy – it can also cheapen the struggle of those who live under tyranny. The poor people of Cuba, Venezuela, and now SVG under a ULP administration are to be pitied.

Jolly Green

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