Politics in the last several years have taken a twist which does not augur well, and this dimension appears to be taking the world in a new direction. The success and apparent acceptance of this new phenomenon seems to be dominating the political landscape and within the Trump administration we witnessed the growth of the twist at an alarming rate.
Responsible journalists within the US documented the thousands of blatant lies of a President and yet a vast number of US citizens simply accepted what transpired as normal behaviour. Unfortunately, here at home we have witnessed a similar situation which worked like a charm. St Lucia has now inherited an administration totally unprepared to govern but even more worrisome, they have inherited a disturbing pandemic which has only highlighted and exasperated their incompetence. St Lucia today is in deep trouble as our Prime Minister has completely misread the behaviour of his people placing the nation into a compromising health situation which will have devastating consequences on our economy. In one month, the nation has chalked up over two thousand new Covid cases and growing.
We need at this time to revisit the actions of the Trinidad and Tobago Government after encountering a similar Covid situation on their shores. We quote, “In T & T we have a ticketing system too, but it is an immediate $1,000.00 fine that has kept the curfew breakers to the minimum and the cops are out all over the place from 7pm although the curfew starts at 9pm.” Has our Prime Minister not learnt anything from the actions of his predecessor and the Trinidad Government?
Our situation today has forced us to revisit the works of George Orwell in his last 1984 edition and we quote, “As you know 1984 explores a dystopian world where a totalitarian regime maintains power through spreading destructive misinformation and propaganda.” As Orwell writes in the pages: “Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.” In today’s world – where science is scrutinized, surveillance is on the rise, fear tactics dominate politics, and ‘alternative facts’ stifle the truth, 1984 explains the unbreakable relationship between truth and freedom. As we navigate the post-truth era, 1984 reminds us why it is important to defend the truth above all else. And to stand up for what we believe and not be coward by party politics and bulky boys in social media.”