The Star (St. Lucia) - - FRONT PAGE - By Rick Wayne

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

The God­fa­ther.

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?

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