The author talks about the power that citizens have, which allow them not to accept and follow everything blindly. He gives several instances which took place in our political arena.
The author indicates that for once we have witnessed a change of mood and the audacity from the public to say no to unhealthy discussions around alliances between the MMM and PTr.
Very recently in England a Member of Parliament, the disgraced MP Mercer, was forced to stand down following allegations and findings that he asked questions in the House of Commons in return for money. This is coined as the ‘‘Cash for questions’’ scandal. Public view is that standing down was the right thing to do although it does not turn the clock back and Patrick Mercer will stand no chance standing an election ever again especially under a main political party.
Another interesting case involves the sentencing of part time judge and barrister Constance Briscoe a few days ago. This well-known judge was jailed for 16 months in her involvement in a legal case where she lied to the police as an independent witness. We can go on and detail a number of cases where society has constantly sanctioned people in authority and power while sending a strong message that nobody is above the rules of law.
However, we cannot move on without mentioning the police questioning of Gerry Adams (Leader of Sinn Fein) in custody for four days over the killing of a woman forty years ago.
In our ‘‘plaisir’’ country there have been a number of scandals in the past which either the outcomes have not been openly publicized or we have never heard of any actions ever being taken. When and if proceedings are initiated then the slowness of the process means that most of the time any successful outcome would be impossible due to being out of time. There is a sense that, as a society, we tend to follow blindly and accept everything thrown at us without appreciating the power that we represent and the power that we have to make changes a reality.
We ignore the fact that we can say ‘No’. We can say no to practically anything we don’t want or wish for. For once we have seen a change of mood and the audacity from the public to say no to unhealthy discussions around alliances between the MMM and PTr.
The general sense is that the public has had enough of the same talks again and again. We gather a feeling of desperation from some leaders to be in power at any cost but their attempts are disguised as only to ‘‘clean up the country’’. How can we sweep clean with the same old broom? Is it not time for a complete change of politicians with new credible ones with morals, values and sincerity in what they say and in what they believe in? Most importantly don’t we deserve politicians who have respect towards an electorate? Every week in different conferences we hear politicians slaughtering each other, showered with insults and humiliations yet they are still very optimistic in concluding the next best alliance saleable to an electorate expecting that this one will save the country and the honourable public will say ‘Yes’. The slogan will be ‘vote bloc donne choc’. This is indeed shocking!
Many amongst us salute the stance taken by Ivan Collendavelloo when he dissociated himself from the leadership of the MMM party a week ago. Irrespective of whether this was on a point of courage or principle it was nevertheless a welcome one. We cannot strongly disagree but still be part of it. Political analysts have concluded that many within the MMM share Me Collendavelloo’s trepidations but didn’t have what it takes. How will our electorate judge them?
Our Prime Minister has re-defined ‘‘class’’ quite recently. Although there have been a number of comments on the Rolls Royce, a real shiner, that drives our Prime Minister around when in London, we still hear argument that our nation should be proud to see Navin Ramgoolam in such a luxury car. Well we need to ask the hard working people who struggle to make both ends meet whether they feel any sense of pride. What about those young people who are unemployed and hoping that the next general election will bring much success in their hunt for a decent job. The Rolls case is not a matter of prying rather it has become quite negatively evocative. How will our society sanction this if not in agreement? The extravagance in a person’s lifestyle is not always a good indication of how a country’s affairs would be properly managed. After all we can say still say ‘No’ but will we though?