Posted by: nastylittletruths | September 16, 2008

“Ecco un ditatore”

“Behold a dictator”… is what the Italian fascist dictator, Benito Mussolini, had said when he heard that the US Congress had practically delegated it’s authority to then President Franklyn Delano Roosevelt via the National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933. (Because it was the US, where dictatorship was never thought possible, it was largely ignored). Commentators today believe that the Enabling Act (also of 1933) that gave Hitler’s Reich Cabinet untold power was a little more honest… At least they knew what they were doing.

But this post is for the legal luminaries drafting Patrick’s ‘village child’ constitution – especially when it comes to delegating authority. There’s a legal maxim, “Delegata potestas non potest delegari” – “A delegated power cannot itself be delegated” which aims to keep the responsibility on whom authority was delegated to in the first place. For us, as electors, to delegate our power into the hands of a legislature who then delegate it to the executive is a farce. For decades Cabinet has ruled TnT and a mockery made of Parliament. Friday September 12th, 2008 mockery was the final nail in the coffin, make no mistake about it.

What was the difference between the hordes of PNM supporters in Woodford Square and Mugabe’s ethnic Shona supporters? What would have been the difference between them and Idi Amin’s Kakwa tribe? For one, they were organised, clothed, transported and fed no matter what Jerry Narace and John Donaldson said. Imagine big men – including Junia Regrello – looking at a TV camera, and in effect speaking to the nation, saying that they knew nothing about the gathering of the faithful in the square. Shameless mendacity of these politicians. And as has been the underlying theme of this blog – we deserve the contempt. The media at times deserve more since their behaviour suggests that they are more dependent on the advertising dollars than answerable to a higher calling.

Imagine the Mayor of Port of Spain giving permission for the square to be used on a day the House is sitting and the police not giving permission for a public meeting but still did not disperse the crowds? And to crown it all, the PM “ramajaying”, as one newspaper put it, to the crowd during the tea break. And in the weekend’s Guardian interview with Clevon Raphael, Neil Parsanlal didn’t know what was the underlying cause of crime in this country? I’ll give it to you free Neil…

An Ecuadorian politician, Alberto Dahik Garzzozi, (still living in exile because he was charged for embezzlement) had noted, “if the Minister himself steals, the undersecretaries will commit assaults and the departmental directors will engage in theft, extortion, robbery and murder. When the perception (my emphasis) is that corruption begins at the top, everything falls into decay“. In Trinidad, the perception is that you are all crooked so what do you expect for lower down the food chain? 

So Patos, take a bow – you’ve taken us to a new low and the worst part is that you didn’t need the theatrics. The motion would have failed anyway.

Acknowledgment: Excerpts from ‘The Tyranny of Good Intentions‘ by Paul Craig Roberts and Lawrence M. Stratton to enforce the point. Did I not say this was my favourite book? And have you gotten a copy yet?

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