I am no disciple or fan of Kenny Anthony. His attributed charisma has waned and has not hit a right note on my appraisal keyboard. As a leader, you have to leave a mark. Your legacy can be positive or it can be negative but it has to be substantial, far-reaching, defining or redefining. At this moment Dr Anthony, it is undefined, at least in my mind.
One of the contemplations of the “doctor” upon returning to office (with teary eyes) was a question as to what legacy he would have left behind after demitting office. He is demitting office, right? “Is Kenny staying or going?” I want to know. Don’t you? I will be most appalled if he stays on. You could not like power that much! I remember when the Prime Minister first took office he chastised Sir John Compton for holding on to office for too long.
If Kenny is leaving he is taking too long to make the transition just as he took too long to call the election in 2006. But if you are giving over the reins of power, by now we should have known who will take over the helm of the Saint Lucia Labour Party. There are a few things that Dr. Anthony will be remembered for but none we can brand or define as a legacy.
To his credit I am told that it is Kenny Anthony who brought in this style of aggrandized campaigning to Saint Lucian politics, all the glitz, the expensive billboards, the imported artistes. This is no legacy. It’s a curse! Your speeches have been less than inspiring. (George Odlum and even John Compton had something over you there.) Every time Dr. Anthony hits my TV, he’s crying. “Fellow Saint Lucians… “ in the most morbid of displays. One of the most noted and lively moments for me and nothing a Prime Minister (though he was not Prime Minister then) should be remembered for, was that “Renegades. Renegades!” episode in parliament.
If I had to attribute a legacy to Kenny Anthony it would be that of being a suing Prime Minister credited to his first two terms in office. But what have you done with your second chance, Mr. Prime Minister? Have you lifted us from poverty? Have you rebuilt the middle class? Have you sold our land to foreigners and placed lands beyond the pocket of our local people? Have you inspired our people to higher, nobler ideals like entrepreneurship and innovation? Have you made us a more literate society? Are we living in a more peaceful environment? Is our judicial system more functional? Have you created a mind shift so that we see ourselves more as a Caribbean persona or are we drowning in our insularity? What! What? Mr. Prime Minister is your legacy? A legacy is not a product to be sold. It is supposed to be a self-evident persuasion.
In my estimation the Prime Minister has made us a more dependent people with all his initiatives like PROUD and NICE and STEP. Why have you not tapped into our resolute spirit instead of handing us handouts? Constitutional Reform, done rightly, may be your last chance to create a legacy. Nuff said.