Reasoning and common sense have become strangers to Grenadian politics, infiltrated by insidious doses of Trumpism that have also found fodder in Europe. It seems that the “progressive” political forces are hell bent on setting the stage again, revamping the “sleight of hand” approach, to invoke the infamous “doctrine of necessity,” struck down by the court, to cajole the people and constitutionally elected democratic government of Grenada, in a vain attempt to pressure the governor general, into resigning in order destabilize the Keith Mitchell government.
With absolutely no evidence, no basis, no foundation whatsoever, the forces of disunity point an accusing finger at Dr Mitchell – citing a fictitious conspiracy to rig the next general elections, constitutionally due in 2018. Blazing gun – Governor general fires seven returning officers at the electoral office.
Familiar? Trump accusing Obama of bugging Trump towers?
The verifiable fact that the officers were on contract cannot be disputed. Stealing a phrase from a former NDC Carriacou senator, “the pith and substance” of a contract is etched in an agreement between or among parties. Terms and conditions spelt out, agreed upon by participating parties and unless some clause is a breach of law, or violation of a constitutionally guaranteed right or a party coerced, the contract is legally binding. It does not pre-suppose continuation after expiration or guarantee contract renewal.
This is particularly well known to those in the legal profession, so why the uproar; a drowning man reaching for straws? Recent opinion polls conducted by Barbadian pollster, Peter Wickham, show prime minister and political leader, Dr Mitchell, and his NNP holding a commanding lead over the hapless opposition NDC whose misdirected leadership is in shambles offering nothing but shallow and pitiful criticism of the progressive (by any objective measure) Mitchell government.
It is wicked and malicious to insinuate that the specific intent of the governor general’s non-renewal of returning officers’ contracts is an effort to rig the general elections. The tacit implication that the governor general is corrupt, even more significantly, impugns the highest office in the land.
While a recent opinion poll shows a majority of Grenadians think favourably of Dr Mitchell, giving his NNP government high praise for the nation’s strong economic performance – endorsed by the IMF – the NDC defiantly condemns IMF reports, which in its tenure of office, referenced as the metric of progress.
Wickham reports that the NNP “remains solid and that the opposition not just struggling to maintain momentum, but apparently losing ground.” He continued, “The commitment levels are now 40 percent (for the NNP) versus18 percent (for the NDC).”
Angst in the ranks of the NDC appears to have brought out the most despicable in human behaviour, demonizing the governor general, Dame Cecile La Grenade, the Queen’s representative and head of state, to gain political advantage – in my view tantamount to conspiracy and a virtual act of treason against the people and state of Grenada. The attempt to impugn the Office of the Governor General should not to be taken lightly, if successful, it can taint and blacklist Grenada internationally as a lawless undemocratic country unfit for investment driving tourists and foreign investors from our shores – for decades to come – all to the benefit of a few conniving unpatriotic souls.
The sordid and horrific scheme to gain political hegemony, to use the NDC’s mantra, is “transparent.” Fait accompli at the NDC camps will be long in coming. The redeeming character of our people foresees this calamity and will act in unison, with a strong voice, against those wish to divide us.