Thursday, January 31, 2013
A Comedy of Errors... (Unqualified Appointments Part 2)
That is not to say that the Attorney General does not have serious questions to answer here or that he is not penultimately responsible for this latest cock up, but the speed with which Dooks plunged that blade would have impressed even Brutus, that covert knife wielder of Shakespearean fame. Quoting Dookeran's desperate attempt to explain his failure here would add further insult to injury; his 'Peter-Principle-esque' rise through the ranks, his legendary incompetence and almost magical ability to dodge any real consequences of his past failures has finally come home to roost, but better late than never. The country must consider themselves as having dodged a bullet as this man was a hair's breadth away from being appointed to the highest Office in the land. The only advice I have for him is this - have the courage of the convictions you espoused the length and breadth of the country, admit you failed and resign. To do otherwise is to betray your few remaining loyal followers who need to remember you with principles to the very end, even if you never had the ability others tried to convince everyone that you did.
With regard to the Attorney General, one is hard pressed to envision him continuing on in Office, especially when one looks back over his brief not quite three year career in the position; the missing piano found where it was supposed to be all along, the appointment of an unqualified junior clerk to head up the nation's highest security apparatus, the still unresolved Section 34 fiasco, the on again/off again extradition of Ishwar Galbaransingh and Steve Ferguson, the questions surrounding his decision to not appeal the quashing of the extradition order have all collectively stunk up the place beyond what could be considered bearable, but this, this is more than a last straw or a final insult, this is a demonstration of incompetence for high Office and the Prime Minister cannot in good conscience believe that she has any choice here other than to request his resignation or fire him.
Like the old saying - 'when things against you even wet brown paper could cut you,' I would hate to be Kamla Persad Bissessar this morning, sitting like Macbeth among the crumbled lies and the ruins of so much promise. Where do we go from here? A lot of that has to do with where she decides to go, and perhaps it might not be a bad idea to restart this whole endeavor, fresh. The smart money has to be on a return to the polls, but regardless of what she does here she cannot escape the final responsibility for the government, her Cabinet and everything that it does in her name. Anand Ramlogan and Winston Dookeran have to be removed from Office, and for many that day could not have come soon enough.
Posted by Phillip Edward Alexander at 6:04 AM