The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT - By Neville Cenac

Mer­ci­fully, Kenny Anthony has now been com­pletely evis­cer­ated from the bow­els of our coun­try, never again to take any de­ci­sion on our be­half, as our del­e­gate. For one who on that un­for­get­table 1997 night of his 16-1 elec­tion vic­tory con­fessed he had “never seen so much love”, that love must have re­ally turned too sour for the na­tion’s palate to have been flung so far down from the heaven where he shone be­yond com­pare. Oh, what les­son to learn! What an ex­am­ple to avoid!

I revel not in his dis­com­fi­ture, nor do I re­vile him for his cal­lous­ness, vin­dic­tive­ness and worse. I only urge him to be re­pen­tant. That, for me, would be suf­fi­cient sat­is­fac­tion for his way­ward­ness as prime min­is­ter, and for all the hard­ship he brought upon those who were la­belled en­e­mies.

My real dis­sat­is­fac­tion is not as much with him as it is with those elected with him to guide him when he had lost his way. In all his dic­ta­to­rial ways, their si­lence has been pal­pa­ble. It is im­pal­pa­ble to rea­son that though elected on the same foot­ing as him­self, and with­out whom he could not have ex­isted, they should have so sub­or­di­nated them­selves as mere min­ions “for a mess of pot­tage”.

Their sen­tence should have been more se­vere than his, as be­tray­ers of the pub­lic trust. For that ab­di­ca­tion of their sa­cred duty, those re-elected with him should at the first meet­ing of the Honourable House, join with their fallen leader and make “a firm pur­pose of amend­ment” in ac­cor­dance with the Chris­tian prin­ci­ples they all avow.

I now wish, on be­half of the peo­ple of Saint Lu­cia, and in my own, to pay trib­ute to Mr. Rick Wayne for his in­domitable spirit and for his re­lent­less and im­pla­ca­ble com­mit­ment as a jour­nal­ist to keep all govern­ments on their toes, by ex­pos­ing their dark, cal­lous and ob­scure deeds.

And lastly: I would in­vite the new gov­ern­ment and all suc­ceed­ing govern­ments there­after, to con­sider the fol­low­ing prayer as one fit for the House, in the cir­cum­stances. The scholar who wrote the First English Dic­tionary was asked by his close peers to com­pose a prayer for the na­tion, and he obliged. In keep­ing with the Lord’s Prayer, he wrote:

“Almighty God: en­lighten my un­der­stand­ing with knowl­edge of right and gov­ern my will by thy laws, that no de­ceit may mis­lead me nor temp­ta­tion cor­rupt me, that I may al­ways en­deav­our to do good, and hin­der evil.”

For­mer for­eign af­fairs min­is­ter Neville Cenac (right) shares a word with Rick Wayne at a party con­ven­tion in Mi­coud back in the early 80s.

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