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In light of the recent controversy con-
cerning serious allegations against
senior government ministers made in e-
mail correspondence that is yet to be
validated and subject to police investiga-
tion, this administration ought to realise
that its credibility is severely under
attack because of the manner in which
it handles very important matters.
There is far too much recourse to
political antics and animation when sit-
uations demand thorough and compre-
hensive explanations for alleged impro-
Any issue that is brought to the fore
that paints this administration in a dim
light is deemed to be part of a sinister
plot by those who oppose the govern-
ment to bring down this regime at all
costs. This administration has taken the
presumption of innocence to new
heights, making it difficult, if not
impossible, to prove any allegation of
And while the litmus tests of great
oratory and engaging theatrics are good
indicators to determine the winners in
parliamentary debates, one must not lose
sight of the real purpose of bringing con-
troversial matters to the attention of the
public: ascertaining where the truth lies.
It is clear that in the Lower House the
Government commands the significant
majority and has the stronger debating
team, but the resolution of issues that
have caused major convulsions in the
public domain must not in any way be
trivialised or swept under the carpet
based solely on the persuasive effect of
Political banter is used far too often to
blunt the sharp effect of shocking dis-
closures that, if proven true, may lead to
What has worked to the advantage of
this Government and previous regimes
are the constant distractions that over-
power our nation, especially at times
that call for serious introspection.
Visits from distinguished foreigners,
past and present, put the country on a
justifiable hype, making it easy for citi-
zens to forget about the demands for
accountability and transparency in mat-
ters of urgent public importance. Fortu-
nately, there are some organisations and
individuals who are not prepared to let
matters that have been placed in the
public domain go unattended and so,
whereas this regime may be getting its
downtime and breathing period away
from public scrutiny of outstanding
scandals, it cannot lightly dismiss the
fact that there is a growing feeling
among the population that this adminis-
tration is not providing good governance.
The citizenry has to master the ability
of keeping matters on the front burner,
even in instances when there are several
political pots to monitor.
We cannot be moving from one stove
to the other without ensuring that the
mess is eventually cleaned.
Instead of publicly and extravagantly
celebrating its third year in office which,
with the greatest respect, is an event that
can be privately observed, it would have
been more prudent for this administra-
tion to spend its time determining the
method it should adopt in order to regain
the trust and confidence of the people.
Having won an overwhelming majority
three years ago, there are many political
observers who have recognised that the
People s Partnership does not currently
enjoy the high level of support that
brought it into office.
While it is difficult for any regime com-
ing into office to maintain its high per-
centage rating of popularity during its
entire term of service, few will deny the
significant decline in support for this Gov-
ernment during its relatively short tenure.
This Government should be grateful
that it still enjoys goodwill from the
people who elected it into office, but if
there is no improvement in the manner
in which it handles matters when it is
called to account, its actions and deci-
sions will attract mounting suspicion.
And while this administration can
boast of accomplishments during its
reign, the bigger question is: have these
achievements been overshadowed by the
number of controversies and scandals
surrounding its governance?
The best advice to be given to this
Government is to tone down its celebra-
tory mood and adopt a sober approach
to providing good governance. There are
too many matters that have raised the
scepticism of the citizenry and the stars
will not forever remain aligned in favour
of this regime.
Perhaps the Government ought to
remember that the electorate is not
naïve and while many people may be
turning a blind eye or remaining silent
despite the obvious infractions for fear
of victimisation, in two years or less the
population may adopt a position far dif-
ferent from that taken in the general
election held three years ago. The polls
are pointing in a particular direction and
it is left for the captain of the ship to
reset the co-ordinates or face the obvi-
ous result of being thrown overboard.
London taken aback
by Kamla's response to MFO
The late John Diefenbaker, former PM of
Canada, said that only dogs have the right
attitude towards polls.
Traffic halts for Biden
I hope the ODPM will learn from that snarl.
And mind you, this was expected and planned.
Imagine the monstrous confusion of an
unexpected and unplanned calamity.
AG silent on money
paid to coup prober
We are a prey for any professional or so-
called professional experts. Time after time
governments have dished out large sums of
public money without proper checks,
transparency or accountability. These are the
three main facets of corruption link to
contracts an kick backs.
It is rather strange how this has developed
into a habit as the bad side of such cases is
well known by politicians and governments
but they still continue to dabble in this aspect
of corruption and when cornered refuse to
give expected answer to legitimate questions
about the expenditure.
Grenada PM in call for more deportee
support says: No more US lip service
When you hear Mitchell from Grenada and
Gonzalves from St Vincent speak, you cringe.
You hope Biden and the Americans don't think
they are representative of Caribbean thought
and words. The suck-up mentality and
misplaced self-importance of the two of them
diminish our region.
Biden gets earful on Caricom crime
The US war on drugs fuels crime worldwide.
If not for this black market income, there
would be much less incentive to turn to a life
of crime. Take a lesson from Portugal.
STEADY THE SHIP OR BE
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