Posted by: nastylittletruths | June 5, 2010

That Magical Number 24

This is for my two girls who loved The Lord of The Rings, the way only true book lovers can, before it became known more as a movie trilogy by Peter Jackson…

Our Prime Minister made reference to the number 24 in her ascendancy to the position – elected political leader of the UNC on January 24th, appointed Opposition Leader on February 24th, won the elections on May 24th and have spent the last 24 years in public service – but of course could not/will not say what the number means locally in Play Whe (or the original whe-whe) – queen. Everyone knows already, so why sound like her predecessor and make it seem as if she’s filled with the same massive ego as he was?

And that word ‘queen’ resonated in me bringing memories of the famous monologue by Galadriel when offered the One Ring by Frodo:

“I do not deny that my heart has greatly desired to ask what you offer. For many long years I had pondered what I might do, should the Great Ring (political power?) come into my hands, and behold! it was brought within my grasp (after Bas was defeated). The evil that was devised long ago (our political system) works on in many ways, whether Sauron himself stands or falls. Would not that have been a noble deed to set to the credit of his Ring, if I had taken it by force or fear from my guest? (Who can deny that political ambition breeds questionable behaviour?)

And now at last it comes. You will give me the Ring freely! (free and fair elections) In place of the Dark Lord you will set up a Queen. And I shall not be dark, but beautiful and terrible as the Morning (oh crap… the symbol of the Rising Sun..) and the Night! Fair as the Sea and the Sun and the Snow upon the Mountain! Dreadful as the Storm and the Lightning! Stronger than the foundations of the Earth! All shall love me and despair!”

She lifted her hand and from the ring that she wore there issued a great light that illumined her alone and left all else dark. She stood before Frodo seeming tall beyond measurement, and beautiful beyond enduring, terrible and worshipful. Then she let her hand fall, and the light faded, and suddenly she laughed again, and lo! she was shrunken; a slender elf-woman, clad in simple white whose gentle voice was soft and sad… ‘I pass the test,’ she said. ‘I will diminish, and go into the West (fixed terms for all prime ministers) , and will remain Galadriel.’  – Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien

Beautiful words and powerful imagery, but the key part is where she passes the test and did not yield to temptation. She knew that power will corrupt her and this is the test for our PM. The earlier KPB gets this constitution amendment done, the sooner her honesty and position will be recognised, and more importantly, she will also understand the urgency and focus to get things done as time is now limited.

As a lagniappe, courtesy http://dsaltsman.blogspot.com/ I present the best, the very best placard of the 2010 general election:

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