A prominent politician in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) once described another politician as a “coconut bat.” I am wondering where this so described “coconut bat” is today?
It is estimated that there are about 1,100 types of bats, but none is called a “coconut bat.” So what is a coconut bat? Well, I only know of three definitions for a coconut bat:
• A poor man’s cricket bat, made from the leaves stem of a coconut tree.
• An extraordinarily dumb person.
• The equivalent to the saying, “dumb as a doorknob.”
Were these politicians at the time playing cricket? If they were playing cricket, did someone cry vampire instead of umpire? Nah, that could not be the game they were playing! Since they weren’t playing cricket, you be the judge!
Today, this prominent politician is paying the once described “coconut bat” over one hundred thousand dollars (> EC$100,000) to be an adviser. Is it an adviser or what?
People, we are paying an eighty-something-year-old political retiree $100,000-plus, including over $1,100 per month for entertainment allowances. This is in addition to collecting a pension and gratuity from the government coffers for being a former member of parliament!
This is happening under a so-called progressive, good governance and accountability government. What’s wrong with contracts of such a nature? Everything!
In comparison, community college and university graduates receive $1,000 to $2,200 per month on the supportive education and training (SET) program for one year, while others on the youth empowerment service (YES) program receive $450 per month. But a retired politician is being paid over a $100,000 per year with over $1,100 per month for entertainment allowances!
Seriously, over a $100,000 per year including over $1,100 per month for entertainment allowances, too! How could this be right? Where is the justification for such a salary?
How about the comment to bring “integrity legislation into law in the first 100 days, or don’t look for me,” by the said former politician? Where is the integrity legislation? Well, it has been over 13 years and no integrity legislation. Now, we are looking at over $100,000 plus compensation that you are collecting per year!
Going back to the cricket theme, did the once described “coconut bat” pull some coconut husk fibers over the batsman’s eyes? Or was it a Ghost bat or a Northern Ghost bat? Or did the once described “coconut bat” morph into a Vampire bat who is sucking the lifeblood out of SVG?
Boy, with this colony of Vampire Bats, SVG is hemorrhaging!
Peace and justice and get real.