Letters & Opinion

Parliament Is A Comedy

Image of Kensley Peter Charlemange
Image of Kensley Peter Charlemange
Independent Eye by Kensley Peter Charlemange

WHAT will it take for Saint Lucians to wake up to the fact that this bicameral system or whatever the correct terminology is, of government is not working for us? I pa anfavènou! Zòt pa ka tan.Zò pa nikonpwan? laka tan, ka tan, zò pa vléoverstand?

A ring around the roses, a pocketful of posies, pistash, pistash, all fall down. Where do you find the biggest clowns in town? In Parliament. Sorry to disappoint you but I am not the biggest clown in town. The Cirque du Soleil happens in the government tent on Laborie Street and the circus master is — you guessed it!

This one blames this one or that one and the country isn’t going anywhere. You mean to tell me that parliamentarians are not able to think for themselves? It’s a case of monkey see, monkey do. You lead, I follow. The ayes have it. The ayes always have it. Can we give something to the ears and something to the brain as well?

King will not stand up to the nonsense that passes for government in Saint Lucia and Madam’s courage have sure gone soft. You all are a disappointment. For a while there on Tuesday, I thought someone was thinking for themselves.

“The guys are walking out! Again? And someone has come to his senses that this eh making sense. Who is the superman still sitting there? It’s Alva. No, it’s Musa. No, it’s nobody. The man goes, too.” Monkey see, monkey do. Definitely, power has gone to some people’s heads.

Cabinet and Parliament are on a rollercoaster ride. Only, it is the whole of Saint Lucia that must bear the shame of this mockery that passes for government. Cluster government, no deputy speaker, postpone budget for forty days in the wilderness and throw sand on it when it does return.

No respect for artists, culture, values, patrimony and national institutions. DSH is a runaway train. CIP is running amok. I mean, who puts into an Act that the Prime Minister does not need to come to Parliament to make changes to the CIP construct? Like, who does this? Power has gone to somebody’s head. Absolute authority!

Your ministers don’t need to speak. What the bananas, ummmm, (clear my throat) am I hearing?

That level of constraint that is an imperative and a foundation for a proper functioning democracy is not present in this present system of government. And to NY, who knows himself, or herself, you do not need to be a professor in Political Science to figure this out. In the meantime let the circus continue. Souku, Jézi! Souku!

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