Wednesday, November 24, 2010

 

Stop the Violence

Violence has reared its ugly head int he 2010 elections campaign. Since the Dec 13th date was officially announced stories of intimidation, physical violence and attempted murders have made the rounds. The Searchlight newspaper of Tuesday 23rd, ran as its cover story the beating of three young women by men who shared political views different to theirs. According to the story the perpetrators were throwing sand on a freshly painted ULP symbol which caused one of the young ladies to stand on it as a form of protest. As a result she was physically assaulted as were her friends who came to her rescue. In the same newspaper, a calypsonian who performed at an Opposition meeting believes the attempts on his life were politically motivated. In that instance he was shot at as he returned home from the village meeting.

Over the years I've been noticing a growing lack of tolerance in our society. We are quick to lash out at, degrade and ostracize persons different to ourselves. As I write I am wondering if a life or two would be lost to political violence in this silliest of seasons. When did we become so intolerant that we are unwilling to grant people the right of association? The political parties have to shoulder much of the blame for this ill will that is threatening to explode with more dire consequences. They have willingly positioned themselves as the sure way of survival, the ticket to the gravy train and all its related benefits. Small wonder then that these misguided people feel that by all means necessary they must defend their turf. It's high time that Vincentians realise that politicians are flawed persons like us and certainly not worth dying or killing for.

Not surprisingly, I have noticed that the story of the assaulted women has shifted to the PM's alleged use of swear words and threatening language to persons in the area where the attack occurred. I know it's too much to expect that political affiliations will be shelved and a spade called a spade but nobody ever said silly season was made for rational thoughts. Still, I live in hope that one day violence against women will not be treated with indifference, trivialised or simply paid lip service. One of the Opposition's slogan is √čnough No more", a slogan which I believe aptly speaks to the political violence that is seething. "Chill People, CHILL!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

 

We Voting

It's official. Nomination day is November the 26th and Vincentians will vote on December 13th. Prior to the PM's announcement the Opposition leader stating that he was in charge had "announced" that polling day was December 15th. Never in my life had I heard an Opposition leader call elections but then again nothing should be surprising in silly season.

From here on the silly season will get even sillier with seemingly rational persons acting more and morelike idiots.I am already bracing for the loudspeakers,the increased mudslinging and name calling that is part of the political landscape. The ruling ULP is seeking a third term but must be cognisant that history is against them. On the other hand the NDP buoyed by the results of the November 15th referendum have smelt blood and are moving in for the kill.

The next few weeks are surely gonna be frenetic as the election fever takes hold.Some are going to be very unhappy that their Christmas preparations have to compete with political meetings, rallies and general campaigning. Others I suspect will see it as one big party leading into Nine Mornings and the other Christmassy things. As for me,unlike my neighbour I may not even be voting at all.

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