Se­cu­rity Checks at Gov­ern­ment Build­ings Prove Not All of Us are Cre­ated Equal

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - ---Clau­dia Elei­box

There must be scores of in­stances when the reg­u­lar ci­ti­zen flouted pro­to­col at func­tions at­tended by the gov­er­nor gen­eral. I re­mem­ber one na­tional awards cer­e­mony when stu­dents walked from the back of the au­di­to­rium and crossed over in front of then GG Dame Pear­lette Louisy, en route to the stage via the cen­tre stair­case. The young in­no­cents had no idea they'd done any­thing out of or­der un­til the au­di­ence started grum­bling aloud and a min­istry of­fi­cial ma­te­ri­al­ized out of nowhere to re-route the em­bar­rassed stu­dents.

Judg­ing by on­line com­ments, and from lis­ten­ing to young peo­ple, it is ob­vi­ous very few of us re­al­ize the gov­er­nor gen­eral is the most pow­er­ful per­son in the land. A browse through our Crim­i­nal Code re­veals that the GG can­not be charged with cer­tain of­fences. Also that the penalty for threat­en­ing the life of the GG is im­pris­on­ment for life.

I was sur­prised to learn from a po­lice of­fi­cer that the gov­er­nor gen­eral is not to be se­cu­rity-checked. Nei­ther in­di­vid­u­als ap­pointed to their of­fice by the GG. I must ad­mit, I have not yet ver­i­fied what the of­fi­cer had as­sured me is the case. Nev­er­the­less there was a bit of a mo­ment this week when se­cu­rity per­son­nel at­tempted to check the se­nate pres­i­dent on her way to the prime min­is­ter's of­fice. Per­haps some­one for­got to men­tion to the se­cu­rity that some of us are more equal than oth­ers. In the in­stance the se­nate pres­i­dent was heard to say: “I don't see why I need to be checked.” But it ended well when a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the prime min­is­ter's of­fice in­ter­vened. The se­nate prez was al­lowed to carry on, unchecked!

I have been un­able to lay hands on the of­fi­cial list of in­di­vid­u­als that are free to come and go with­out se­cu­rity checks. How­ever, I do re­call a cer­tain min­is­ter tak­ing se­ri­ous um­brage at He­wanorra Air­port af­ter he was sub­jected to a se­cu­rity ex­am­i­na­tion. I prom­ise to con­tinue prospect­ing for the of­fi­cial doc­u­ment that says, when it comes to cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als play­ing cer­tain roles, se­cu­rity per­son­nel must keep their dis­tance!

Se­nate Prez is en­ti­tled to lotsa of priv­i­lege, but who cares any­more?

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