The messy job of lead­er­ship

UK Barbados Nation - - NEWS - EZRA AL­LEYNE

By THE COLOUR­FUL STATE­MENT by a pub­lic of­fi­cial that the Demo­cratic Labour Party (DLP) left the BWA in “a mess” that now has to be cleaned up, is an in­sight­ful po­lit­i­cal truth. To me, it cap­tures po­lit­i­cal events cur­rent in the

United King­dom with what is hap­pen­ing here.

Gov­ern­ment ev­ery­where is said to be a con­tin­uum. Fair enough, but that can mean that in­com­ing clear think­ing and far­sighted politi­cians of­ten have to clean up the mess cre­ated by their pre­de­ces­sors.

Now, my heart does not bleed, but if it did, it might bleed for Theresa May, the Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter who finds her­self han­dling the very messy job of re­mov­ing, or put an­other way, “brex­it­ing” Bri­tain from the

Euro­pean Union (EU).

As a mem­ber of David Cameron’s cab­i­net, she op­posed leav­ing the EU. Yet, when Cameron re­signed as

Prime Min­is­ter shortly af­ter los­ing an ill-ad­vised ref­er­en­dum on “stay­ing or leav­ing”, she be­came Prime Min­is­ter, pick­ing up the messi­est po­lit­i­cal job in re­cent Bri­tish his­tory.

At least it was May’s own party that cre­ated the mess. So, in a sense, it may be po­etic jus­tice that the party which sowed the seed, by hold­ing a need­less ref­er­en­dum, now has to clean it up.

But here at home, the bru­tal truth is that the gen­eral eco­nomic calamity and the spe­cific Wa­ter Au­thor­ity mess were cre­ated un­der the regime of the DLP. Yet, the con­tin­u­ing na­ture of gov­ern­ment can ob­scure, for some un­think­ing few, the harsh truth that at May 24, 2018, this coun­try faced the precipice of eco­nomic break­down and the col­lapse of the econ­omy.

And so, nec­es­sary but un­pop­u­lar de­ci­sions to se­cure a brexit, which have to be taken there; or to ef­fect aus­ter­ity- type pro­grammes which have to be taken here, may erode some of the po­lit­i­cal cap­i­tal and pop­u­lar­ity of the prime min­is­ters, into whose hands lead­er­ship has fallen af­ter the ouster of “fault guilty” pre­de­ces­sors.

In ev­ery sense, Bill Gates was right. His com­ment to a group of stu­dents that, “Life is not fair. Get used to it” is supremely ap­pli­ca­ble to pol­i­tics.

The les­son is that fore­sight is not pos­sessed by “blink­ered politi­cians who take un­co­or­di­nated leaps in the dark”. The irony is that in both in­stances, the bur­geon­ing mess was there for ob­ser­va­tion, but there are none so blind as they who do not wish to see.

As far back as 2008, Prime Min­is­ter Mia Mot­t­ley was warn­ing about dis­as­ter up ahead (my words) if

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