At primary school we read of the Ass in the Lion skin which, for those who didn’t tells the story of an Ass that puts on a lion’s skin and amuses himself by terrifying all the foolish animals. At last coming upon a Fox, he tried to frighten him also, but the Fox no sooner heard the sound of his voice than he exclaimed, “I might possibly have been frightened myself, if I had not heard your bray.” The moral of the story is often quoted as Clothes may disguise a fool, but his words will give him away.
Can you believe that in this inclement, biblically apocalyptic weather, Mayor Regrello is more concerned with taking the salute in a march-past when as a responsible public official he should have cancelled the day’s events and arrange instead for the military to go and help citizens in distress, to make themselves useful when the quintessential question about their relevance is what are they constituted and paid for?
But Regrello is a PNM and this is a classic example of their warped and bizarre logic. So when the Mayor is dressed in all his sartorial splendor befitting his office, don’t let that fool you in the spirit of the proverb, clothes maketh the man, for what we might have under all that splendor might be nothing more than an ass minus his tail and with his braying ability camouflaged by his nonsensical hee-haw rhetoric.
Even the most rabid, IQ-challenged PNMite is supposed to come to his/her senses and realise that their “great” party is only great in its incompetence, in mashing up a country that was once on the cusp of becoming a First World country. Today, under this government, we have regressed so far back that we have gone pass the Stone Age and we are now an example of what the Mud Age was via the dirt roads we now travel.
It might not be long before CNN and the BBC headline their news with this item: Trinidad & Tobago has gone under water and has now become the new Atlantis, the lost island.
The question is, are we going to let this happen or are we going to be preoccupied with such trivialities as who is going to be the next James Bond while we disappear because we failed to take charge of our destiny?
L. Siddhartha Orie