I am sitting at my desk with Mary on my mind. Not the Mary of the Yuletide season who gave birth to Our Saviour, but the Mary of the Civil Service Association (CSA).
And to my left sits the CSA, Mary’s jilted lover while on the right sits her new beau, the United Workers Party (UWP).
Despite all Mary’s talk about the CSA now having a voice in the parliament of Saint Lucia now that she is a Senator, and even though she still holds on to the title of President of the CSA, she will soon be leaving behind her former lover.
And the tears of her former lover will not change her mind. It may be killing her to see the tears of the CSA flow like a river, after all she showed she loved all the members of the CSA by standing up for them throughout the protracted negotiations with the government, but was that love genuine when she knew all along that this was, for her, a stepping stone, to a senatorship and possibly a chance at the ultimate goal of being a government Minister?
And did the CSA know that while Mary was lying there beside them, fighting alongside them for better work conditions, and for a halt to plans to adjust the pay of its members that she had the UWP on her mind?
Oh, some surely did know but not the majority. And would the majority have supported her so handsomely as they did when elections for president of the CSA were held earlier this year if they knew beforehand that their support was merely a tool to be used by her to catapult herself into higher office?
For the past seven or so months the CSA could have safely said that Mary loved them and that she would have placed no one above them. To be honest, she showed that. What the CSA did not know was that Mary had plans of her own and that while the CSA fitted in those plan, those plans also involved another lover. Mary, while dancing with the CSA was also, unknown to them, dating the UWP.
Of course, in this country people talk. Most times that’s all they do – talk! And talk they did, saying that Mary was cheating on her first lover, the CSA. And, keeping true to form, whenever we are caught doing something that’s wrong whether it’s from an ethical or moral point of view, or against the law of the land, we deny it. We say that’s not true. Mary did all of that.
She steadfastly maintained her innocence when her infidelity was publicized. It started in June of this year when it was discovered that her speeches as a trade unionist were similar to utterances of the UWP on the government’s proposal for deficit reduction. She downplayed the utterances. Then there was the talk that she was participating in a plot to undermine the Labour Administration in the hope that it would help the UWP gain political office. Again Mary just brushed this aside, denying that as well.
Then there was that press release accusing Mary of holding talks with the UWP and out of which came the alleged memorandum of understanding between the CSA’s executive and the UWP highlighting diplomatic passports and Senate positions from the UWP. We all know how that was treated by Mary. Today it seems that there is more in the mortar than the pestle because a Senate position has been given to the head of the CSA. Could it be that diplomatic passports are also in the mortar for other CSA executive members should the UWP win the next elections?
Tuesday of this week Mary showed that her love for the UWP was stronger than her love for the CSA, even though she had loved the CSA for a long time, a far longer time than she has loved the UWP. And despite trying hard not to let her love for the UWP show, her love for her new lover was so strong that she decided that she could no longer keep it hidden.
Mary cannot deny that she had been collaborating with the UWP for quite some time. It’s now all in the open. The Senate position that was dangled before her and which she accepted did not materialize overnight. Today Mary’s credibility is now in question.
How could anyone take her at her word when all along she kept denying her association with the UWP as President of the CSA? In fact she is still President of the CSA. She speaks of precedence being set in the region for what she did. Really! People in positions like Mary should stand on principle not precedence.
An unprincipled act done many times over does not make it right.
Her refusal to dispel suspicion that she was in bed with the UWP while leading the CSA in its fight with government over the past seven or so months now speaks volumes because now anyone con say that it was the UWP and not Mary that was speaking for the CSA this year. What legitimacy Mary now has to dispel that view?