I’VE known Rick Wayne for much longer than the length of my political journey might suggest. I’ve always admired his energy, his determination and his professionalism. For this reason and perhaps because he shares with my mother’s maternal family the little village of Laborie, I think we share a love for the written (and spoken) word – the English Language version. It also explains the reason I make a point of reading his weekly Star newspaper even when they were once used by his former political pretenders, to attack me. I prayed then, that time would help him discover who the real political imposters are.
His ‘Writings on the Wall’ in last weekend Star newspaper was filled with newsworthy tidbits that his readers may have missed during the regular radio and television news broadcasts. Amidst his writings last weekend, Rick delivered an imagined juicy soft ball, to whet the appetites of those who may wish to probe beyond his carefully punctuated words.
First was his reference to US President Obama last State of the Union address captioned – ‘Democracy demands bonds of trust between citizens,’ in which the writer cleverly reminded us of the apparent narcissism and other peculiarities of his island’s political leader. He referenced the next general elections here that, that leader had declared to his tribe was to be a contest between them and the Chastanets – the father and son family who had earlier fed and befriended him and helped him to political power and fame.
Rick being Rick could not end without reminding his readers the many faux pas of that lost leader since assuming office, as Prime Minister. The fault may well be with the over enthusiastic minions who have crowned him ‘Grande Duke of the Minions, Lord of the Manor, and Emperor and Legal Luminary par excellence. He must be careful though, that he does not run out of place on his bulbous jacket to carry these unsolicited medals.
Trust Rick! There would be more. Rick had smelt blood. An EU delegation to the island held a scheduled press conference, subsequent to its meeting with the island’s Prime Minister. The meeting was a follow up to a press release in December 2015 in which the EU had demanded that the legal process on the IMPACS report continue unimpeded, or words to that effect. Justice should be allowed to flow, even though the heavens fall.
That press conference focused on what was disclosed by the visiting EU, UK and French delegation. Rick seemed happy to inform his readers that he had made a special effort to be at that press conference, ‘especially as I expected Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister to be in attendance,’ to quote the writer’s own words.
My first reaction was: ‘Really, Rick? How could you have expected the cowardly Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to make himself available when he seems so determined to hide behind the IMPACS smoke screen. Besides, on more than one occasion, Rick had laid bare the worthlessness of words such as transparency and openness spoken by political opportunists. My imagined conversation with Rick having ended, I asked myself why a proclaimed legal luminary shouldn’t seize the opportunity of a press conference by his foreign guests, to engage the local press
Had he done so, it would have been a master stroke. Using the cover of his influential guests he may have secured the requisite decorum, while avoiding embarrassing accusatory questions from an emboldened local press. He could have opted to be present if only to introduce his guests, being careful to say that he would not ‘steal’ the time allotted them and that he would take only one or two questions at the end. Unfortunately, the Emperor and Legal Luminary (Grande Duke of the Minions) did not profit the opportunity to recover his lost clothing or his fast evaporating dignity.
But seriously, the Prime Minister should have been present at the press conference if only to hearken back to a time when his office arranged cricket matches between the local media which seemed determined to extend their honeymoon for as long as it was politically expedient and humanly possible so to do.
There are to be certain, some persons who think that Rick was being factious when he said he expected the Prime Minister (PM), at the press conference. I disagree. His presence may have given him an opportunity to refine his wild statements on IMPACS and the role he alleges that persons such as Guy Mayers and others might have played. Of course, that same duplicitous tongue subsequently ignored the name ‘Guy Mayers’ for lack of traction with his minions, and instead resorted to his favourite father and son nemesis, this time focusing only on the son – Allen.
Based on his continuous dodging from the local press, your readers may wish answers to the following questions: ‘Prime Minister, when did you first meet Jufalli and where? How many times have you met with him? When did you make the decision to appoint Juffali as Saint Lucia’s Ambassador to the IMO? Is Jufalli a citizen of Saint Lucia by investment and, if yes, how much has he invested on the island? If he has no investments here, what qualifies him to be Ambassador? Can Juffali contribute more to Saint Lucia’s development than Britain? What was the real reason you denied London’s request to lift diplomatic immunity from Ambassador Jufalli?
Finally, two more questions: Would John Compton have lifted diplomatic immunity from Juffali as requested? What would George Odlum do to expose the truth about the government and Juffali? Thankfully, Rick Wayne is there to ‘bring the truth to light’ and play the role as ‘nemesis of errant politicians.’