SATUR­DAY, APRIL 18, 2015

The Star (St. Lucia) - - CLASSIFIED -

ome Tues­day, the gover­nor gen­eral will once again mouth the words of the prime min­is­ter as pro­duced by the prime min­is­ter’s fa­vorite sto­ry­teller. Count on the gover­nor gen­eral read­ing aloud, for the umpteenth time, that “we are a re­silient peo­ple, we are used to hard­ship.” Never mind that what we have be­come is a na­tion of par­tic­u­larly pas­sive sheep!

We know also that the gover­nor gen­eral—the queen’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive—has been re­duced to the rank of pup­pet of the prime min­is­ter. It wasn’t so long ago that the gover­nor gen­eral pub­licly ac­knowl­edged that she makes ap­point­ments but has no idea why. Even when she wel­comes dig­ni­taries to Gov­ern­ment House, she said, she must bluff her way when an­swer­ing their ques­tions.

Is it any sur­prise, then, that Saint Lu­cians are daily los­ing faith in our po­lit­i­cal sys­tem and the politi­cians who op­er­ate it? Is it any won­der that few of us will tune in to the gover­nor gen­eral’s throne speech, and fewer still will bother to fol­low what passes for par­lia­men­tary de­bate on this Rock of Sages, our No­bel win­ners notwith­stand­ing?

One thing for cer­tain, on Tues­day we will hear not a word, not a word, not a word about Gryn­berg, Lam­birds or IMPACS. Small won­der that more and more of us are plan­ning to stay at home come Polling Day. On Tues­day our pho­tog­ra­pher couldn’t re­sist a chuckle when he found him­self stuck in rush-hour traf­fic (why do we call it that when traf­fic is at its slow­est be­tween four and six in the evening?) and con­fronted by this par­tic­u­lar writ­ing on the wall!

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