History tells us that the PNM in government is never controlled by leaders who respect democratic values or the rule of law. And that, in opposition, it’s nothing more than a dictatorship biding its time to pounce. So, any time we hear PNM suggesting their actions are driven by those values or what the Constitution requires, be on guard, it’s only to muddy the waters to their advantage. It is through those lenses I try to make head or tail of Dr Rowley’s behaviour following the Prime Minister’s announcement she will stay the implementation of the new pension arrangements for judges and parliamentarians in order to seek broad public commentary on the matter.
Today’s media reports Dr Rowley as saying that she is playing games. What a laughable suggestion!
Who is playing games, Dr Rowley? The government of the day? Or you?
If the answer is the government, then will you kindly explain your rushing to support the pensions bill from which you will directly benefit financially, but holding back from supporting the several anti-crime bills the government previously brought to parliament?
Crime is no joke, sir! Your refusal to support those measures continues to contribute to the unacceptable crime problem. Stop blaming others! Your repetitious nay votes didn’t fall from the sky. Like your yes vote to increase your pension, they were wilfully and selfishly made, leading to a poisoning of the democratic process by which we are required to operate.
Democracy starts to fail when a few who have been so fortunate as to become powerful and then turn around and use that power to control or weaken the government for their own self-interest. And then, when caught with their hands in the cookie jar, put down a Shaggy, “It wasn’t me!” on the shocked audience. Real leaders never forsake the interest of the people and, if at all they appear to do, immediately check themselves whenever their shortcomings are brought to their attention. The Prime Minister has demonstrated such virtues again and again. Why don’t you follow her lead, Dr Rowley?
Princess Orie-Collis (Mrs)