Day by day several of the remaining leading and upstanding citizens of Grenada (or so they would like to be thought of) are proving how much they have very little to No (absolutely no) concept of enough.
We see this in Eric Gairy whose untimely passing at the age of 75 helped to preserve his legacy as a little ordinary Grenadian from the East who came up against the might of the British powers and because of popular support prevailed upon the Planter class and helped in large measure to liberate the working class.
There is no if, and but about his role as a “true social revolutionary” whose timing was right. His insistence at holding on to the leadership of his Grenada United Labour Party (GULP) and Union – (GMMIWU) almost obliterated the positive memory we ought to hold of him in perpetuity! True to form, we all have seen how his omission at grooming a successor through the development of his members of both organisations led to the very rigormortis-type finality of his two organisations.
Then came Herbert Blaize – Gairy’s opposition parallel with deep roots in the camp of what was left of the “Landed Gentry” and the “upper middle class” – whose numbers were almost never enough to unseat Gairy with his mass support nationally. Except for a passing albeit feint mention here and there – Blaize cannot boast of any meaningful accomplishment let alone contribution to Grenada’s development. He is more known for keeping back Grenada due to his lack of vision – yet for all he insisted on remaining at the helm of the political organisations he was a part of until his death!
So you see – the lack of a “concept of enough” will be the death of us if we continue without visionary leadership.
Any society must be moved by its various sub-sectors – and in our case we suffer no shortage of organisations and entities with constitutions and by-laws. These several entities have Presidents, Chairmen, General Secretaries, Secretaries Generals, Directors – et al – with many of them comprised of “blockers” who are selected/elected on the basis of who they know – thus manifesting a sort of status orientation (as it were) without being either equipped/qualified or just plain willing to do what they must to give their membership the life they were selected/elected to impart – while making a meaningful difference.
The Grenada Bar Association is one entity, the functions of which are questionable when one considers the number of its members who are alleged to have wronged so many clients – the details of which are all too familiar. This is supposed to be an organisation set up to protect and preserve the “nobility” of the profession.
At its recently convened Annual General Meeting – it could hardly muster forty members – when there are so many lawyers (cheaper by the dozen) here in Grenada. It is understood that each Barrister who has been called to the local Bar is expected to be enrolled as a member – yet for all its regular meetings scrunt to muster meaningful numbers to reflect the local profession’s true population.
On the issue of leadership of this organisation – within the last umpteen years – one name dominates the Presidency. In fact any of our mostly 60% population under thirty would remember the name Ruggles Ferguson being in that position since they were “toddlers”.
As recently as last week an election was held and the two people (Ruggles Ferguson and James Bristol) who contested the leadership received a tie in votes (18-18) – making it absolutely necessary for fresh elections to be held to break this tie.
One would think that Mr. Ferguson who has been the President of the local bar for “sooooooo” many years would have gotten a message that it was time for him to step aside. He should have conceded that several of his colleagues are in the mood for change.
Mr. Ferguson would do well to appreciate that his regional colleagues may be prompted to have second thoughts about him being their leader if he cannot outrightly retain the leadership position in his own local Bar Association and ought to look at the bigger picture.
Everybody knows him to be an exceptionally busy lawyer whose schedule renders him unable to provide the energetic stewardship of the Grenada Bar Association at a time when the profession needs fixing, which Mr. Bristol may very well be able to accomplish.
I would have thought that my colleague would have a concept of enough is enough and would upon realizing a tie in the poll would have done the honourable and mature thing and give way to Mr. Bristol. After all, Mr. Ferguson can only be perceived as senior to Mr. Bristol in terms of the fraternity’s associations of its members – being the President of the OECS Bar.