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DPP TURNS TABLES ON STANLEY FELIX
The law of parsimony is defined as “the principle in philosophy and science that assumptions introduced to explain a thing must not be multiplied beyond necessity, and hence the simplest of several hypotheses is always the best in accounting for unexplained facts.”
It’s also referred to as Occam’s razor.
So, let us now see what comes up when the law of parsimony is applied to our beleaguered government’s most recent shot at mass distraction, its latest scapegoat being the director of public prosecutions Victoria Charles-Clarke.
Dear incredulous reader, already I can hear you asking: Why on God’s green earth did the unelected housing minister Senator Stanley Felix wait until last week to trigger off a string of events with the potential to blow the roof off the House of Kenny Anthony—to say nothing of the hand that feeds the shooter’s famously monumental ego? Or, Why didn’t the senator wait a few more days to unleash his barrage, considering the DPP is scheduled to go on 60-days pre-retirement leave next Wednesday?
Several possible answers spring to mind, among them: arrogance—the hermaphrodite parent of stupidity; a deviant conspiracy to render Victoria Charles-Clarke less than ready for prime-time politics (who knows who might invite her to join whose party perchance to wreak vengeance on her vindictive former employers?); revenge for past embarrassments; an uncontrollable need to color the enemy a darker shade of corrupt!
But enough speculation. Consider the following facts: some fifteen years ago, with the departure of DPP Naughton Jack, his deputy Victoria Charles was put reluctantly into service by the Kenny Anthony administration in its second term.
Why reluctantly? If only in the perception of the typically uninformed public, successful Saint Lucian lawyers do not normally fall over themselves in mad rushes to become underpaid, under-respected and despised attorneys general, directors of public prosecutions, crown counsels and so on. There is much more to be made standing up in court for arrogant above-the-law prime ministers in trouble—or prime ministers bent on making trouble for dissenting citizens. (Not that such plums usually end up in local pockets.)
The Kenny Anthony administration remains self-convinced Victoria Charles-Clarke has always been a die-hard supporter of the United Workers Party. This voodoo conclusion is rooted in the SLP conviction that John Compton was her godfather in the pawen sense, as well as in the sense of
It has also been bruited about for years that the late prime minister paid her tuition fees when Charles was a law student. In any event Kenny Anthony’s unflinching decision not to confirm Charles-Clarke in her office after five years certainly encouraged salted-to-taste suggestions that the DPP was less than competent or that she was never quite red enough for comfort.
That the not-exactly-angelic last Compton administration rushed in where devils feared to tread, that is to say that they had quickly confirmed the DPP’s position upon taking office in 2006, may well have proved, if only to suspicious en rouge minds, that all along their assessment of Victoria Charles-Clarke had been on the button.
There are, too, those who remain convinced her position was confirmed in the best interests of Richard Frederick, whom the SLP had declared during its election campaign “a frightening prospect . . . the worst thing to happen to local politics.”
It suits some to say, even today, that the DPP had jammed the SLP’s plan to lay under-invoicing and more serious related charges against Frederick once allegedly promised evidence had been received from the DEA. Some twelve years later that promise remains unfulfilled. As for the under-invoicing matter, suffice it to say Frederick had the last laugh.
Evidently it has never occurred to local politicians that a DPP in anyone’s pocket is a DPP destined soon to be banished to the bush. Yes, notwithstanding the apparent digression, we’re still wrestling with the reason Stanley Felix may have chosen to jump all over the DPP’s deceptively delicate bones.
Referring to a governmentinitiated report on the financial operations of town, village and rural councils “released two years ago,” and which centers on members of the previous administration already declared UWP candidates in the imminent general elections, Felix sneeringly addressed the DPP: “Your job does not just entail charging people arrested for small packets of drugs and those little things. That’s not what you’re there for. You are so quick to charge them but what about the big guys? What about them? What about the big guys when allegations and evidence have been uncovered about their improprieties . . . It is only fair that you do what is just and right in the interest of this country. Furthermore, if you cannot do that, I suggest you resign, retire and quit because you’re not serving the interest of this country.”
Rarely had free speech been more publicly abused by one unelected MP at the expense of another government official. After all, the Saint Lucia Constitution offers remedies for DPPs “not serving the interest of this country.”
The senator’s presumed soft target soon settled all suggestions that she might in her circumstances be a sitting duck for government ministers with imminent elections on their minds. She phoned Timothy Poleon’s lunch-hour
Newsspin program to explain her ostensible incompetence, not to say disservice to the country.
‘Your job does not just entail charging people arrested for small packets of drugs and those little things . . .’
Housing minister Stanley Felix: Has he bitten off more than
his leader can swallow?