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Voters made their choice

Published:Tuesday | March 10, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Mr Dave Cameron has been re-elected as president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). He was re-elected by a vote of 8 to 4. It never mattered one iota what the fans of West Indies cricket thought; the people that matter, the ones with a vote, have made their decision and we, the people, have to live with it.

A similar situation occurred in Jamaican politics. The leader of one of the political parties made a decision and removed two members of his party from a constitutionally recognised position in the Senate. One of the affected senators objected and asked the court to decide on the validity of his removal. The Court listened to arguments on both sides and ruled that the political leader acted illegally and unconstitutionally.

Like the case of Mr Dave Cameron, there was a large number of people who called on the leader to demit office. But those that mattered, those with a vote, encouraged him to use every possible ruse, including an appeal, to remain in office.

I hope that those Jamaicans who boast of not voting in a general election (the majority of those eligible to vote) now realise how important having a vote is. Having a say is not enough.

The WICB is a private company, accountable to no one but itself. The Supreme Court of India recently ruled that "any organisation or entity that has such pervasive control over the game and its affairs as can make dreams end up in smoke or come true cannot be said to be undertaking any private activity".

In 2008, this same WICB asked the honourable P.J. Patterson to consider the composition and structure of the board and to make recommendations to improve its overall operations, governance, effectiveness, team performance and strengthen its credibility and public support.


Resistant to change


Mr Patterson did produce such a report. By and large, the board ignored the part of the report which dealt with its own composition and, in 2013, asked a prominent Queen's Counsel from St Kitts, Charles Wilkin, to do a similar report.

Mr Wilkins stated that, after completing his report, he discovered that the board members wanted "at all cost to preserve their positions on the board". So much for his report.

So it comes as no real surprise that the board members, by a vote of 8 to 4, decided to keep the status quo. "Protest all you want," they seem to be saying.

An American writer, Herbert Casson, once said: "In handling men, there are three feelings that a man must not possess: fear, dislike and contempt. If he is afraid of men, he cannot handle them, neither can he influence them in his favour if he dislikes or scorns them. He must neither cringe nor sneer. He must have both self-respect and respect for others."

West Indies cricket fans, I give you Mr Dave Cameron, president for the next two years.