“4000 minus 1 equals zero .
. . but will 3000 minus 1 also equal zero?”
Team Chastanet’s boast of a highly successful match (with what their in-house experts
claimed to have 4000 persons in attendance), they seem to be back to “square one”
again. A single placard-holder (out of
the whopping 4000 who marched) apparently reduced the much touted accrued
political “gains” to a “perfect zero”.
|THE PLACARD THAT TORPEDOED THE MARCH|
Newton's second law of motion which states that to every action, there’s an equal and opposite
reaction was defied and destroyed
momentarily by the sheer ferocity and intensity of the public reaction to the offensive "NIGGA" placard! In
this specific instance, the sum total of the reaction seems to have far exceeded the action to
the point where it may have comprehensively torpedoed the success of the match
as a sleeping army of multitudes of the conscious St. Lucians was suddenly awakened from their slumber and ambivalence to “mutiny” against that horrendous
insult against our human dignity and identity. Their reaction could have also been further fueled by their disillusionment that Mr Chastanet had categorically refused to disassociate himself with
that offensive "NIGGAS” placard.
whole episode marks an unfortunate chapter in our history; in the worst case
scenario, it was a potentially dangerous explosive loaded with the possibility that
could even spark a civil war and I’m sure Mr Chastanet and his advisors might
have on hindsight considered that possibility. Indeed, that could have easily
happened in racially charged Guyana and Trinidad or historically militant Jamaica.
Perhaps, at this time, Mr. Chastanet is doing some serious introspection and he
is probably "angry" at himself for his lack of proactivity. He is probably eager to
permanently erase this episode from his memory and from our history, if he could; but he has only himself to blame, for he was given the opportunity to redeem himself and he refused it.
what’s next? Will hurricane-strong reaction to the NICE NIGGA placard (which
has caught the attention of the world) continue to increase in intensity or
will it turn out to be a brief passing drizzle?
The outcome of Round 2 may well be the decider.
Chastanet’s tentacles spread “far and wide”
. . . from the UWP headquarters all the way to the bosom of the CSA!
Therefore, it may be logical to assume that whatever happens at Chastanet’s headquarters
will not only spill onto the streets (as was the case with the march), but may
also hit the bosom of the CSA where a subset of the executive including the president are card-carrying UWP members!
If we accept that Round 1 were disastrous (on a scale of 4000:1), (whether Senator Mary was
present or absent with excuse), then what will be the outcome of Round 2
scheduled for February 11 when she has to “MARCH” to the music of the CSA heroic petition?
mathematics of Rounds 1 and 2 are not entirely dissimilar! Round 1 had a ratio
of 4000:1; if the number of civil servants is 3000, then the ratio for Round 2
is 3000:1. As the CSA petitioners embark on their heroic MARCH to rescue their Union from "politicization", the question remains: will Round 1 be replicated in Round 2 with Senator Mary starring
as Team Chastanet’s metaphorical placard-bearer?
the outcome, Round 2 may well be the true litmus test for the testicular
fortitude widely attributed to CSA president. Has that fortitude pushed her too
far in the wrong direction?
petitioning heroes are of the seeming belief that they have a logically and
morally ironclad “conflict-of –interest” case against their President turned
Opposition senator; but are the moral and logical arguments enough ammunition
against the UWP senator? Will their heroism be enough be good enough and strong
enough to carry them past the finishing line?
is the superstar in St. Lucia's first ever political Aesop fable. The question
is: will her testicular fortitude be enough to enable her to keep both bones –
sorry! I meant to enable her to keep the CSA Presidential cap while wearing the
UWP senatorial hat?
before this controversy is brought to its final resolution, I urge the president
CSA to reflect on the maxim that Politics is a "game" with "aims". The aim is
power! The game includes manipulation, lies and deceit (among other things).
I pray that the agenda of the UWP clique inside the CSA executive is NOT to
conflate or converge the aim and game of the CSA and the UWP in their selfish pursuit of power or political patronage.
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