Are we to build individuals or institutions? Which one is going to serve us best? If we rely on individuals, we would be running the risk of producing a Leviathan, a strong man that we would not be able to control.
We need institutions and with them come rules. Britain was a great power not solely because of its naval and military prowess but because of its parliamentary system that subjected everyone to the rule of law. Even its monarch was subject to the rule of law, thus avoiding a revolution and the beheadings that follow. No wonder this constitutional change was named the glorious revolution!
The Indo-Caribbean people must refrain from placing its trust on an individual. Placing power in such an individual is like putting a loaded gun in the hands of a monkey. Without rules to act as checks and balances, the leader would have the unfettered right to do as he pleases.
Political leaders who aspire for public office fail to follow the rules. The party congress is never called to ratify policies. The reality is everything is done at the whim and fancy of the political party. No wonder, such political party cannot win political power because many respectable citizens are not going to subject themselves to such humiliation.
Sycophantic minds take time to come around to our homes to solicit our votes. They produce a manifesto with a list of promises. They even throw in a few hampers to give an image of caring for the poor. However, after being elected to Parliament, they are not to be seen. Covid 19 is the perfect excuse for them to stay away from their constituents!
Don’t die during Covid lock down! It is the perfect excuse for your MP to avoid visiting your family to extend condolences. This is the kind of representatives that are foisted by a political leader that has become monarch of all that I survey.
Today politicians are manipulating the social media to take credit for funeral arrangements of constituents. Such shameful action does not surprise me. Those are behavior that V S Naipaul highlighted in his early novels. But to see them today, in the 21st century, pains me and more so from young representatives. Shameless!
Has the politics evolved to make those MPs accountable to their constituents? One political leader had spoken about the ‘the right to recall MPs when they fail to serve their constituents. Now, ten years later, delinquent MPs have become the norm.
I heard similar stories from Guyana. The PPP came to power recently with the promise to resuscitate the sugar industry but, after eleven (11) months in government, little or nothing has been done. It was pointed out that 300 people have been hired at the management level but the former sugar- cane laborers are still at home praying for a miracle.
The numerous press releases by the government on its intention to open these estates has fooled the public into believing that those plans are in operation.
But I don’t blame the politicians. I blame the people who fail to use their franchise as bargaining chips. All progressive people demand something in return for their support. The masses continue to underestimate their strength. I truly hope that they would wake up to the reality that they are the bosses and politicians are their servants.