rebuttals to the PM address were disappointingly weak with the same old tired
clichéd responses hardly worth the TV time they were offered. This time around, the Leader of the
UWP took a new line of rebuttal trying to refute what he claimed was never
uttered in the PM's Address to the Nation.
LPM continued to remain a non-entity in St. Lucia’s political universe, falling
short both in terms of numbers and substance in its "pseudo-rebuttal". It's not the sort of rebuttal you would wish your O'level, A'level or college student be exposed to if s/he desires to learn the practice of argument theory. Mr Prudent continues to make the
loudest noise even when his party is numerically weak by some distance.
have hitherto not heard from the peripatetic and vociferous Mr Springer; I
suspect he may have taken “sabbatica” from his own intellectual crudities.
Lent round the corner, the PM in his address to the nation, served us with a
substantial “Last Supper”; what perhaps made it even better was the apparent
lack of a genuine “Judas” to spoil it.
certain that when the "Pontius Pilates" ask, “who should we set free from the
cross?” that we will hear a chorus of "Barabbas" from the UWP and the LPM! Equally, on the hand, we will hear a chorus
of "Kenny" from the SLP faithful!
Apparently, the rank and file of the UWP may not have been happy that Prudent was louder than Chasse this time; so, they sent Lionel Ellis to the shouting game. In
the end, the game didn't change anything: the algebraic sum of all the rebuttals was still zero!
Hence, we waited for the professionals like Frank Mayers, Richard Peterkin and Jn Marie
for an injection of substance; but they passed - and understandably so.
I missed Jeff Stewart - my Choiseulian
counterpart. I don’t know if a New Year’s Address would fall within the
purview of his competence; but in the past, he stood out for his structured and
clinical dissections of estimates of expenditure and budget addresses.
question is: why is the land with the highest density of Nobel laureates per
square foot apparently losing its way when it comes structural intellectual
analysis. Might the “Economist” IQ rankings be right when it placed us the
second from the last in the world? No, it can’t be!
just become an unknown species of homo
sapiens who give more honour to our “new-found genii” like Mr Prudent, Hon Guy
Joseph, Lionel Ellis and Allen Chastanet among others, who seemed to have become the
intellectual axis on which our world turns.
does the PM’s address stand up to my expectations? I’m prepared to upgrade my
score to an A grade primarily because of the "value-added components": his posture and
mood; his excellent and proactive analysis of the economy; his frankness and
honesty; but in my opinion, what stood out most was the general “falsifiability” yet
(hitherto) “irrefutability” of the address. The sum total of all those principal components apparently must
have caught detractors off guard to the point that they have not been able to
penetrate holes in it!
are a number of similarities between Kenny and Obama but I do not know if those
are sufficient to merit a comparison. For example, they both were community
organisers and law professors; they both are of Caucasian/Negro descent; they both
are strategic thinkers and also formidable/destructive platform speakers;
and they both have been accused by their detractors of embracing socialism.
us therefore juxtapose selected elements of Obama's “State of the Union” address
to Kenny’s Address to the Nation without necessarily losing sight of their
context, orientation and substance.
I’m prepared to state that Kenny’s Address was more logically-driven - Obama seemed
to be playing more to the gallery than Kenny! Secondly, Kenny’s outputs were
more specific. Obama focused more on long-term processes than he did the outputs
for the period under review. Hence, Kenny’s performance was perceived to be more
measurable. Thirdly, much of Obama’s speech was not only refutable but was
refuted the very night it was delivered.
On those three counts, I am prepared to rate
Kenny’s Address to the Nation higher than Obama’s State of the Union address
both in terms of format, (significance?) and content.
despite a drastic change in Kenny’s demeanour and an apparent attempt to sound
more inspirational this year, there’s still a lot to be done to motivate and inspire the
nation. He is apparently still wearing the professorial veneer from academia
which just won’t go away when he makes his presentations.
could do with a with some notes from Obama (regarding being less professorial) just
as Obama might do with a few from him (in terms of sharpening his focus). They
are two great 21st Century leaders in their own right, seeking to
change their respective political universes).