Landing that LIAT at Argyle was pure demagogic contrivance. The fact that he got credit for such an inane, political kitsch is because the ULP has built a certain kind of society – for themselves. The government continues to maintain our well-deserved reputation of Third World country with silly, childish stunts like that. I mean, after eight years and all that money if you cannot do what the E. T. Joshua does, then, brother, you got a problem. For real. The success of the witless pantomime tells me all I need to know about the Education Revolution. He would have been laughed off his soap box if his audience weren’t so unlearned and manipulable. Hint: airport and airstrip are not the same.
The morality or immorality of lying is not that simple because there is no universally accepted definition of lying. (Just look at how comfortably the prime minister distorted conflict of interest to suit his man Glen.) Plato claimed that rulers of a just society must promulgate “noble” lies to promote social harmony among the masses. But he also condemned the cavalier attitude towards the truth. A just society? That’s a stretch, ya. Are the airport opening dates “noble” lies to promote social harmony? Or a cavalier attitude towards the truth? Neither. This government did not simply lie about airport opening dates – they persisted in maintaining a false belief.
Hot roti and cold Ju-C shops are ancillary services at an airport. Airlines are not. Them is cardinal. Other than Rudy Matthias’s white lie in 2014 that the IADC would soon be inviting tenders
for spaces to set up shop, they have not lied about those services. (You ever notice how these people does stretch out “soon”?) But they have lied and lied, persistently, repeatedly and they are lying and lying persistently, repeatedly and my guess is that they will continue to lie and lie persistently and repeatedly until the rope comes to the end. Even then, they go tie a knot and hold on. They do not lie when it is not important: shop space. But they lie through their teeth to fool us on matters of cardinal importance: airlines coming; airport viability. On that matter, they lie with the intent to mislead and deceive.
Lies are statements that the speaker believes to be false and that are intended to cause the person towards whom they are directed to accept them as true. From the start, the government has been fooling us about airlines coming; hiding, avoiding, killing any discourse on the airport’s viability. In 2011 with the prime minister’s oblique references to airlines interested
in coming. Then in 2012, Glen Beache was a tad less oblique. He said that he had names of airlines coming and that he would announce them by mid-2013
Now, the same brass-face Beache is telling us that he was lying. He is admitting that he never knew and so he was deceiving us – since 2012. He is now admitting that we are not going to know
which airlines are coming until the airport is finished. And don’t doubt finish means ICAO finished. Not the prime minister’s or the IADC’s operationally finished, substantially finished, for all practical purposes finished, or even just plain finished. The great sleight of hand is that the notion that finished and operational are mutually inclusive. They’re not.
And to make the situation uglier, Beache is telling us that the airlines do not want to waste their time talking to him. They need to talk to a real CEO not a political minnow with a handle that has been gifted. This is how he put it: “The airlines will have to speak to whoever the (airport) CEO is, because all sorts of things (beyond my competence) are coming into these discussions – in terms of landing fees, turn rate, depending on how many times they’re coming per week… a lot of things.” So what was the lying git doing since 2012? Other than bullshitting us.
What Beache and company do not get, well, there is a debate about that, is that Argyle is not going to give the airlines a hard-on the way it gives them. On an average day, American Airlines flies 531,000 passengers
; with 6,700 flights. Yo hear? A day. Their 2014 first quarter profit was US$480 million. Profit. A quarter. So, no, they are not going to start masturbating when Beache – or the prime minister – comes a knocking trying to sell an unfinished airport – without a CEO. And when they find one, pray it isn’t the usual incompetent, lying political appointee.
The prime minister’s talk about airlines was more cunning … until Beache let the cat out the bag. Aside from his spurious assertion in 2011 that airlines “indicated their interest
”; in 2014 he actually named seven airlines
that he was “in touch” with.
Indicated interest is flippant – gift of the gab. It carries no information. Are they two percent interested? Or ninety-eight? Because two percent interested is interest; but you cannot take it to the bank – only to stupid people. Did the airlines say, yes, but come back when you are ready? And what the hell is “in touch”? Artificial construct, that’s what. In touch in 2014 tells me no more than indicated interest did in 2011. What is the prime minister ducking? Listen to this excerpt from Britannica.
“Philosophers contend that we lie when we engage in any communication (verbal or nonverbal) that is intended to induce a false belief in the person toward whom the communication is directed. This more liberal approach allows for lies of omission -- misleading by refraining from asserting something -- and also allows that misleading nonverbal behaviours can count as lies provided that they are deliberately undertaken with the intent to deceive. Removing one’s wedding ring so as to give the impression that one is not married would be an example of such a lie.”
Go figure if we were misled by the refrain from asserting something more meaningful that the slick “indicated their interest”. And misled again by the utter emptiness of “in touch”. Does either – or both – meet the philosophers’ contention of what constitutes a lie?
Telling a small lie like to save face is one thing but telling a big one, one that would fool a nation and telling it with the intent to deceive and mislead is quite another. The prime minister’s position may be arguable, but … Airlines coming is consummately our business – and it is serious business. The airport’s business is not the province of the ULP hierarchy – as the ULP campaign stickers would have you believe. Then, airport viability is more that our business. Even if AIA is going to cost us nothing at the end of construction – which at this point isnext month
– when the sale of Arnos Vale “crown jewel”
will settle all airport debts.
Man, this Arnos Vale is the five loaves and two fishes – but it is food only to the graduates of the Education Revolution. Arnos Vale going get sell to pay for Argyle and it going become a city. And to think we called Jimmy Brer Nancy?