10 Oct 2012

There’s a hole in the bucket

“Good governance never depends upon laws, but upon the personal qualities of those who govern. The machinery of government is always subordinate to the will of those who administer that machinery. The most important element of government, therefore, is [the method of] choosing leaders.”


If you are reading this, then I assume you have some interests in that Little Rock I called the Monkey Island. If that is indeed the case, then I want you to do the following:

  • sit back, make yourself comfortable, close your eyes and picture the faces of all present leaders in government… Inclusive of the opposition, inclusive of business leaders, leaders in the community (not community leaders, eh).
  • Cast your mind back …contemplate their actions/inactions over the past 5 or 10 years, if you can recall.
  • Think of the positives that they have impressed you with.
  • Think of the negatives they have disappointed you with.
  • Compare… list if you have to.

Which column on your list is longer?

If, like me, you find that the current and past crop of leaders are like a disease-infected cultivation of scrubs, then something is definitely wrong with the selection process… or we have bad seeds.

We no longer see shame… no ethical behaviour… sometimes downright illegal behaviour. The TnT Mirror ran a story of Tim Gopeesingh playing touchy-feely with the wife of a financier of the Peoples’ Partnership Government, and subsequently resulting in her   being fired from her job when she ‘refused’ his attentions. [http://www.tntmirror.com/2011/12/09/minister-wants-my-wife]

The rot doesn’t stop at the top… despite a report being lodged with the police dunceys (and the Attorney General), no action has been taken…

But lest I digress too far, let me return to Jack Warner, and the latest purposeful misstep:

Jumbie’s Law states: When you think dotishness cannot get worse, someone will come along to prove it can.

And indeed, it is proven time and time again, hard evidence provided on this blog on many occasions.

Here we have Warner muzzling the cops (and CoP), referring to the death of a man as a “PNM murder” and generally proving Jumbie’s Law right once again. [http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/GAG_ON_COPS-173419701.html]

What, pray tell, is a PNM murder? (“…you can quote me liberally. I am saying that, of course, unequivocally, that it is a PNM murder, quote me on that.”)

This is symptomatic of the paucity of leaders, paucity of leadership skills in the already poor choices in an even poorer pool of scrubs… we have nepotism, cronyism, favouritism, apathy, sloth, carnival mentality, ‘gimme gimme’ syndrome, name-calling, mud-slinging, ‘misstepping’, misspeaking, unethical behaviour, judicial misconduct, … everything that is detrimental to a maturing society. Everything we need to aspire to has been leaking out somewhere…

Yes, there is a hole in the bucket… and the solution is similar to that seen above… in other words, it ent happening.

The bad seeds, if I were to return to my metaphor, are the leaders who are politically and financially at the top (as one wit claimed, they’re rich before going into politics – then they roll in lucre). And in keeping with my description of bad seed:

A recent study by the Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley; and Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, found that unethical behaviour increased with higher social class and wealth. [http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/02/21/1118373109.full.pdf+html]

Which would explain people like Gopeesingh (Sr and Jr), Bharath, Warner, K P-B, et al… and Jumbie’s Law too.