The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT -

Our com­pet­ing po­lit­i­cal par­ties ob­vi­ously be­lieve pub­lic ac­count­abil­ity is not nearly as im­por­tant to the elec­torate as are obeah and chem­bois. And they could be right. On Tues­day evening MBC fea­tured, con­ceiv­ably as prime­time en­ter­tain­ment, a pro­fessed agent of God duk­ing it out with fel­low Sev­enth Day Ad­ven­tist and lo­cal me­dia hon­cho Clin­ton Reynolds around the ar­rest­ing topic of spiritism and the bal­lot box.

Shortly be­fore the hot-gospel­ers got un­der­way Reynolds took the on-cam­era op­por­tu­nity to shred and set aside an apol­ogy de­mand from a law firm on be­half of se­nate pres­i­dent, HTS show host, and Saint Lu­cia Labour Party chair­man Claudius Fran­cis. From his lawyer’s per­spec­tive he was also “a re­spected and renowned in­sur­ance bro­ker and highly re­spected ra­dio and tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity . . . well re­spected for his opin­ions on all mat­ters of pub­lic in­ter­est . . . for telling it like it is as his views have al­ways been thor­oughly re­searched and sound.” Ad­di­tion­ally: “These im­por­tant trusted opin­ions he holds and held is due to the strength of his char­ac­ter and his good rep­u­ta­tion . . .”

The fol­low­ing day, de­spite a de­ter­mined ef­fort by

Newsspin’s Ti­mothy Poleon to dis­cuss a re­cent court rul­ing that es­tab­lished the gov­ern­ment’s right to choose its le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tives re­gard­less of what op­po­si­tion MP Guy Joseph and his po­lit­i­cal as­so­ci­ates MPs might think to the con­trary, politics and voodoo dom­i­nated.

Days ear­lier the RCI pre­sen­ter had been re­quired to is­sue his own apol­ogy to the se­nate pres­i­dent, this time in re­la­tion to a news item on Choice News Now, un­til Mon­day also hosted by Poleon. Soon af­ter­ward the ubiq­ui­tous vet­eran news­man had ended his re­la­tion­ship with the pro­gram for rea­sons he ev­i­dently prefers to keep in his pocket.

As I say, with so much go­ing on—from re­ports of egre­gious sex­ual abuse to un­re­solved sud­den deaths and shock­ing de­mands on three me­dia houses, not to men­tion a cou­ple of op­po­si­tion-party op­er­a­tives—pub­lic dis­cus­sion nev­er­the­less has cen­tered this week on the im­pact of obeah on lo­cal politics. Even Dar­ren Sammy took a back seat to that.

Al­beit cer­tain al­le­ga­tions from the op­po­si­tion party’s plat­form may this time around have trig­gered the dev­il­ish dis­course, such talk has for some time now been com­mon­place in the sea­son of elec­tions: hair­less were­wolves have re­port­edly been trapped by the nuts in Choiseul. Uniquely tal­ented Haitians have been se­cretly im­ported to do for lo­cal politi­cians what they could not do for Papa and Baby Doc and Aristide; wa­ter short­ages have been blamed on elec­tion hope­fuls who had taken up to 20 spell­re­pelling baths a day, for sev­eral months be­fore Polling Day.

I well re­call a time shortly be­fore elec­tions when can­dles

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