|The prime minister’s excuses|
Published: Jul 05, 2012
It has not been two months since the new “ready on day one” Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) government was elected to office seemingly on a wing and a prayer that either its perennially late again leader had been miraculously made into a “time management guru”, or that the new “team leadership” campaign slogan was actually for real. Well now we know that neither is the case.
Perry Christie would have us believe that his mother-in-laws’ illness caused a delay in the appointment of new statutory boards. While we should all offer his wife and her family condolences on her passing, Christie cannot be serious about using her illness as an excuse for his incompetence.
A government which proclaimed that it would be ready to govern on day one would now have us believe that consideration of statutory board appointments was not undertaken before last week?
And then, those final decisions could not be made because the prime minister was pre-occupied by an illness in the family? I for one find this a wholly unacceptable explanation for his inability to perform the job for which he campaigned and was elected.
One must respect the elderly and indeed the dead, and certainly Trixie Hanna is deserving of all due respect. She was by all accounts a wonderful lady, kind and generous to all who knew her. Her loss to her family and friends is no doubt very sad. It cannot, however, be used as an excuse for the non-performance of her son-in-law who happens to hold the most important job in our country – that of prime minister.
I am loath to make a comparison between the prime minister and his deputy, who in the earliest days of this government was confronted with the sad passing and burial of his father. As I recall Philip Brave Davis did not miss a single function where his presence was required as deputy leader of the PLP and deputy prime minister. Davis has been termed co-prime minister and prime minister–in-waiting by many of his supporters; perhaps with good reason. Could it be the same reason that Christie chose firstly not to attend the CARICOM Annual Heads of Government Conference this year, and secondly to be represented at the conference by his foreign minister and not his deputy – denying Davis a first opportunity to act as prime minister?