DPP de­mol­ishes IMPACS Bridge to Nowhere!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - I re­fer:

Ask not who said it first. I can­not be cer­tain, even though I strongly sus­pect it might be me. If in­deed it is, then all the more proof that I am the ge­nius I’ve al­ways known my­self to be. (Per­mit me a minute or two yet again to pat my hum­ble self on the back!) Who said what? Oh, yes, I al­most for­got (blame my sooth­ing touch). Here, then, is the line to which humbly

Re­gard­less of what some no­to­ri­ous starry-eyed tartuffes might say to the con­trary, still there are times when the best rem­edy for stress and frus­tra­tion is to give in to temp­ta­tion.

What a re­lief it was, for me, when on Thurs­day morn­ing the rarely heard Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions came out pub­licly to val­i­date at a press con­fer­ence all I’ve been say­ing from 2012 about the lo­cally built bridge to nowhere, com­monly re­ferred to as IMPACS. Alas, I can­not le­git­i­mately hog the credit for the DPP’s wholly un­ex­pected pub­lic show­ing. Not to be dis­counted is the vi­cious con­tri­bu­tion of su­per suave hous­ing min­is­ter Se­na­tor Stan­ley Felix, who landed the straw that fi­nally may have bro­ken the back of Mrs. Charles’ camel.

With doubt­less metic­u­lously cho­sen mu­si­cal ac­com­pa­ni­ment, Felix de­manded from the steps of the Cas­tries mar­ket that the DPP do what the Labour gov­ern­ment had a decade or so ago ap­pointed her to do—or ship out “in the pub­lic in­ter­est.” Ref­er­enc­ing the in­fa­mous Town & Coun­try Re­port ini­ti­ated by the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion and in­volv­ing Stephenson King’s UWP gov­ern­ment, the se­na­tor cited “all of the funds that were mis­ap­pro­pri­ated” dur­ing their term in of­fice.

Ad­di­tion­ally: “I will say it again tonight. I will is­sue a cry on be­half of the peo­ple of Saint Lucia. I, Stan­ley Felix, min­is­ter in the SLP gov­ern­ment, res­i­dent of Cas­tries Cen­tral, cit­i­zen of this coun­try, ask you Madam DPP, to is­sue a state­ment on the re­port that is be­fore you. We want it, the peo­ple want it, it is only fair that you do what is just and right in the in­ter­est of this coun­try. If you can’t do that, I sug­gest you re­sign, re­tire or just quit.”

Talk about loose lips sink­ing ships! Se­na­tor Felix, like the DPP and his own party leader, is also a lawyer. Felix had to have known his scathing dec­la­ra­tion would ef­fec­tively open a Pan­dora’s box; that he would be hand­ing the much ma­ligned DPP the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to tackle once and for all the re­peated sug­ges­tions that she, more than any­one else, was re­spon­si­ble for the re­gret­table state of Saint Lucia’s jus­tice sys­tem. (See DPP’s state­ment else­where in this is­sue.)

That I was es­pe­cially in­ter­ested in what she had to say about the so­called IMPACS re­port will come as no big sur­prise to reg­u­lar read­ers and view­ers of this news­pa­per and On count­less oc­ca­sions I had of­ten dis­missed as the clos­est thing to an egre­giously mis­cal­cu­lated ruse with self-serv­ing mo­tives—all of them reek­ing of des­per­ate pol­i­tics. And now the price will be paid, alas by all of us, the whitened sep­ul­chers in­cluded. For the ben­e­fit of the con­ve­niently in­cur­able am­ne­si­acs, I prof­fer a reprint of my prophetic ar­ti­cle pub­lished on Oc­to­ber 17 (see page 12).

Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions Vic­to­ria Charles: How long can she sur­vive in her of­fice fol­low­ing her

most re­cent press con­fer­ence?

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