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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

GOLIATH ADVICE TO ICAR: KEEP IT UNDER THE CARPET; BUT "DAVID" REFUTES!


It’s simply amazing - perhaps paradoxical - these days how almost anyone can refute Rick and with consummate ease and render his pitted biased positions untenable. In fact, ‘tis paradoxical; but ‘tis true that Rick has turned out to be  his own biggest “refuter”.

If you were tuned in to RCI’s “News Spin” last Friday (October 14), then you would easily get my point. Rick spent no time refuting his own renowned “media policy” of unconscionable exposure of his “victims” (on both the front and back pages of the Star). I’m sure you recall the heydays when he dedicated the front page of the Star to mimicry of politicians and the back pages exclusively to glimpses of voluptuous, pornographic beauty.  

So, I have great difficulty “reconciling Rick” when he proclaimed on News Spin that open and transparent discourse about the private affairs of an organization was not best practice. I have great difficulty because Rick was not just an advocate of exposing many a bosom and buttock of young girls on the back of his Star, but he went to the extreme of bluntly exposing his entire anatomy all over the Internet for the world to to see.
PRESIDENT OF ICAR - RAS IRON

So when Rick stated his case for “Ras Iron” last Friday, I wondered whose voice was doing the talking. Was it Rick’s own voice or was it his ghost voice?

Rick's pronouncement reminded me of the age-old proverb wrongly attributed to the Greek Playwright, Euripides and popularized in St. Lucia by Bro George; and I said to myself it seems true that those whom the gods truly wish to destroy, they first make insane - and follow it up with a series of progressively more unpleasant experiences until his/her eventual self-destruction.

Having said all of the above, I must hurry to add I do not wish that progression for Rick; but I must also confess that the more I listen to him, the more I see the old proverb coming to pass, with Rick orchestrating his own self-demise! And listening to Lady Janice's pronouncement on the DBS Evening News on Monday night (about Sir John is coming for "them one by one"), it is beginning to look  like that all the chickens are indeed coming home to roost.

With the "Tower of Babel" threatening to imminently implode within the Rastafarian community because of their own malfeasance in the governance of the affairs of ICAR, up came Rick, attempting to exhale a breath of fresh air of “neutrality” on behalf of the brethren. Unfortunately, fresh air can only be exhaled from a “fresh mouth”; and by the time Rick’s breath filled the News Spin “space”, we had no doubt that it was “halitosis” perfumed with air freshener.

 But it was good, because that halitosis also gave us a sense, a clearer insight into where the battle-lines in the debate were drawn. It also helped us to put a spin on Russell Lake’s “frame of reference” on the matter  - and his indecent haste to take sides in the ongoing ICAR dissension - into context. But that’s for another show!

Firstly, I want to compliment Emmanuel Alexander (Ras Féy) for his advocacy role on transparency and accountability in governance, especially at a crucial time in our history when we are apparently headed downhill. In that regard, both him and “Ras Ipa” deserve a full round of applause for being ahead of the curve in an environment where “passing it under the carpet” and institutional “tacit endorsement” of wrongdoings have assumed the proportions of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

EMMANUEL ALEXANDER
On October 14 2011, I felt happy when a diminutive Rasta man (nicknamed Féy) – much smaller than Truscott Augustin (Succour) – taught Rick a profound lesson – a near impossible precedent five years ago. But I guess we have to thank God for the King Gov’t, for that "legacy" of liberalising shame and immorality!

Why do I say that? Five years ago, St. Lucians had a deep sense of pride  & moral values; and we tended to worry about the after effects of potential lynching or caricature on Rick’s Tabloid for taking an anti-Rick position. The government of St. Lucia reversed that "tradition of pride" the  very moment that King  ascended to the PM's chair, and the domino effect which followed was telling.

The domino effect started with the appointment of Rufus Bousquet as our Foreign Minister; that was soon followed by the Tuxedo affair when an entire Cabinet of Ministers was found guilty for endorsing customs fraud committed by one of their colleagues; then came the unconscionable prevarications of the Tourism minister about his role in that embarrassing affair. 

The inability of the government to extricate itself from the tentacles of a narco-trafficker in its midst, as well as the increasing frequency of dishonesty of the PM himself has all contributed to the destruction of the fabric of pride and moral values which we came to know under Sir John Compton and Dr Anthony.  

In the context of the above, there was no need for Emmanuel Alexander to be fearful of witch-hunting by Rick!

But what lesson(s) did Rasta man Emmanuel “Féy” Alexander teach the Goliath, Rick? When Rick suggested that ICAR business should be dealt with behind closed doors, David (Emmanuel “Féy” Alexander) easily refuted him.

It’s all about good governance . . . in St. Lucia we need good governance from top to bottom. We need to start from the level of organisations and move up to the level of government,” Alexander rebuffed.

We don’t want corruption at any level”, Alexander continued.

Then IPA chipped in, “Keeping it under the chest is not good enough, Rick.”
RAS PETER "IPA" ISAAC

After that brief “lecture” from the two Rasta men, Rick – as if being “stung” by the “effect of the lesson”, - quickly withdraw from the discourse and simply uttered, “I wish you guys well” and he promptly vanished.

If Tim were the moderator, the debate would perhaps have headed in a different direction – a pro-Rick direction; but Sherrian Guilliard gave her guest(s) leeway, freedom if you like to develop their point logically! And with that luxury, they came out on top.

Apparently, Rick also did not understand the “cost implications” of donations from the taxpayers’ purse: wherever the taxpayers’ money goes, questions related to public accountability are likely to follow; hence, there is nothing wrong in the public - being a stakeholder – knowing about the applications of the funds which came from their purse. And that was the moral of the lesson which Alexander perhaps taught Rick.

In part two, we will briefly look at why all of a sudden, there is flood of intelligent callers to our talk Shows, seemingly try to put “things” right!

4 comments:

  1. Very interesting on News Spin today that a lady caller remarked the following: "St. Lucia is no no longer simply beautiful; and she is no longer a Saint!"

    Remember, it was Chastenet who removed the "simply beautiful" and Richard and Rufus robbed her of her Sainthood. She is now just "Lucia" flirting around on the streets. She needs a new husband to rescue her from falling into prostitution which Spider has already started with those gambling machines all round the island.

    If Kenny does not quickly marry her, then sir John will have no choice but to return with a vengeance. He last visited us in the form of Tomas; but next time, it will be far worse.

    He has already given his daughter critical information about Richard's Visa revocation. He is yet to come out fully against Tucker. He has just brushed him slightly with a small bout of illness to weaken his intestinal fortitude. He is now referred to by the people of Choiseul as "BON DA"

    Richard hinted at the full implications to be realised, when he spoke about KARMA. Well, Compy KARMA is on its way! According to Psalm 68:

    "Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered:
    let them also that hate him flee before him.
    As smoke is driven away, so drive them away:
    as wax melteth before the fire,
    so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
    But let the righteous be glad;

    let them rejoice before God:
    yea, let them exceedingly rejoice.
    Sing unto God, sing praises to his name:
    extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH,
    and rejoice before him.
    A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows,is God in his holy habitation."

    Does that remind you of Sir John?

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  2. The international version of Psalm 68 is much clearer. Here it is:

    1 May God arise, may his enemies be scattered;
    may his foes flee before him.

    2 May you blow them away like smoke—
    as wax melts before the fire,
    may the wicked perish before God.

    3 But may the righteous be glad
    and rejoice before God;
    may they be happy and joyful.

    4 Sing to God, sing in praise of his name,
    extol him who rides on the clouds[b];
    rejoice before him—his name is the LORD.

    5 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,
    is God in his holy dwelling.


    Compare verse 2 and verse 4: In verse 2, the UWPees will melt before the fire because of their wickedness to the nation and the Compton family.

    Verse 4 talks about "sing(ing) in praise of his name,extol him who rides on the clouds; rejoice before him—his name is the LORD." Verse 4 is talking about the Stars.

    Verse 5 clearly refers to Hon Janine and Lady Janice. "A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,is God in his holy dwelling."

    May God help and protect them.

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  3. I am vehemently against any deifying or beatifying of Compton, as he is the cause of most of the problems we face today with that band of crude and venal misfits that he brought into office and with which we are now saddled. Because Compton was so focussed on regaining powering and thus putting himself in position to cement the parting glory to which he felt he was entitled and which he feared a Labour government would never have accorded him. Compton gambled and tinkered with the nation's safety, reputation and future when he consented to go the polls with a team that included the like of Rufus Bousquet (who he knew only too well about), Richard Frederick, Keith Mondesir, Marcus Nicholas, Edmund Estephane and Guy Joseph -- who is definitely not the straight and clean guy that many people assume him to be. I know we try not to speak ill of the dead, but let truth and reality be just that - reality and truth.

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