Mon | Jan 21, 2019

Keep Kern in rubbish heap of history

Published:Saturday | September 19, 2015 | 12:00 AM


Whether Kern Spencer was misquoted, as he now claims, with regard to his returning to representational politics, I would not be surprised if he were to try.

Ours is now a country where many 'public' people have no shame, and where bravado and celebrity/notoriety seem to trump all rational thought and behaviour.

I am fully aware that Mr Spencer was freed of the criminal charges brought against him in the matter having to do with the so-called light bulb scandal.

Even if, as Mr Spencer now claims, all he had signalled was his availability to do "political work" for his party, in my view, no place should be found for him in any forward-thinking organisation. I would have a problem seriously considering voting for any such party. At the very least, he has clearly demonstrated his incompetence to manage what ought to have been a straightforward project.

From where I sit, my big regret in this case is that it does not seem as if our system of jurisprudence allows for a group of citizens to bring a civil case against an elected official. If this were possible, I would dearly love to see what the outcome would be.

In the United States, some years ago, the former football star, Mr O.J. Simpson, was freed of murder charges in relation to the deaths of his ex-wife and her friend. But, this was only the beginning of his sorrows. Apart for the fact that he is now in prison on another unrelated charge, he is now a pariah to a large part of American society.

Mr Spencer should be confined to the rubble heap of history - there to manage his own personal and private affairs, where, hopefully, the public trust would not be in any way affected.


St Mary