Paul Lismore

[Paul Lismore] Ramgoolam is fooling himself by thinking that he can win by hiding away

Rédigé par Paul Lismore le Mardi 27 Septembre 2022

As he did in 2019, when he was mostly quiet for most of the preceding five years and became voluble and made his voice heard only during the electoral campaign. That is far too short a period of time for a leader to make his mark with the public, and it is indicative either of the usual arrogance and complacency of our politicians or of a delusion that, come what may, Lepep pou re vine ar moi. 
Sorry, that works only in fairy tales and not in real life, and certainly not in the pseudo realities of politics in Mauritius. It is high time he learns from experience and starts being proactive, instead of reacting to events...something which he rarely does in any event...

Admittedly, Covid took a heavy toll on him, but his oratorical skills as evidenced at the last big PTr jamboree are as sharp as ever. Perhaps he ought to adopt this simple advice: do what ordinary people would expect you to do, and stop relying on your crap advisors and your pseudo intellectuals. These are invariably the most backward, reactionary, and selfish individuals in our world of politics, and whose only motivation will always be: Ki zoli post to pou donne moi, malgre ki mo ene gopia?

What can Ramgoolam do now to inject some life into the party that he leads? Well, for a start, he should resolve the problem of gargantuan egos that is eating away the very top of his party. Some people seem to be massively hung up over the title of "Deputy Leader '', and this is what I would suggest: Get your National Executive Committee or Bureau Politique to change the rules and allow for the nomination of 3 Deputy Leaders, instead of just one. The first Deputy Leader has to be Arvind Boolell for his rock solid loyalty to the PTr and never speaking out of turn about the party in public. In our crazy world of ethno politics, the second and third Deputy Leaders ought to be between Patrick Assirvaden/ Fabrice David, and Shakeel Mohamed/Eshaan Juman. Despite his apparent and rather incongruous sense of entitlement to the post, one must recognise that Shakeel is very popular in his albeit very small constituency, and hopefully the post will curtail his ardour for playing to the gallery at the expense of the party. Eshaan is young and his chance will come again, esp as it looks like next time, he will not be a "Best loser" but a winner.

Assirvaden has done all that is required of him and more, but the clamour for youth would be better represented by someone like Fabrice David, who came top of the hustings on the first occasion he stood as candidate and has shown himself to be as skilful an orator as Assirvaden.

So, there you have it: A mixture of experience and cold diplomacy (Arvind) , a rumbustious politician who is very popular with the constituency he identifies himself with (Shakeel), and a young, intelligent newcomer who has performed very well so far( Fabrice). And the ethnic bean counters can say, bien bon ki ena ene laskar et ene creole at the top, nation arc en ciel bla bla bla....

But that is only the beginning of Ramgoolam's battle. Putting some order in what sometimes appears to be a disparate mob of competing egos in his party should be quite simple compared to the much more important task of convincing the population that the PTr is fit to take power at the next elections. How does he do that?

1/ By being far more visible in public than he has been. People only see him at some press conference, or on something called Gen Ext sipaki ggtri, which hardly anyone looks at. The rest of the time, the public does not hear from him at all, or hardly ever see him, unless it is the usual Samadhi thing once a year which, frankly, most people do not care about. Why?

2/ His biggest asset has always been his ability to mix effortlessly with people, with crowds, with everyone. Ok, he might perhaps be a bit too old for his sega dance routines, or playing the drums, but these are side issues. He really does have a special, almost Clintonesque rapport with the public (except with those idiots who have recently learnt how to write macarena or coffre fort or Nandinee and nothing else...).

3/ I looked at the depots de gerbes ceremony for Anjalay Coopen today, and I was surprised to see that Ramgoolam was not there. Arvind was, but then people do genuinely like him, and he always attends these ceremonies. Why would Ramgoolam miss a commemoration for our greatest female martyr in our history? Makes no sense at all....

4/ I have said it before and I will say it again: Ramgoolam has by far the biggest asset of any political leader: a wife who is admired by everyone. Admittedly, she has never wanted to push herself in public, but wouldn't it be wonderful for the public to notice the remarkable difference between Veena and that nasty, manipulative, utterly selfish and so deluded that she really believes pays la pou mari sorma sa, Lady Macbeth? That in itself would be worth 10 percentage points at the elections, don't you think?

5/ Shakeel said recently that he wants to be of more use to the PTr and that the party needs to present a proper programme de rupture. Excellent. He is a seasoned lawyer, so why doesn't he start drafting the amendments that the antiquated Standing Orders in the National Assembly urgently demand? He has been a regular victim of our grotesque Speaker and the game of the 2 buffoons, ti cretin and Obeedoobeedoo, in deciding how many weeks they can suspend people who have been elected by thousands of their constituents. So, instead of constantly whining about what you think you deserve within your party, why not use your legal skills to rectify all the terrible calamities in our justice system with its antiquated laws and practices? Napoleon is shouting from his grave, "kan sa ban ggt la pou sanz et ameliore ban la loi ki ti mete dan mo lepok 200 ans de cela?"

There are many more things that Ramgoolam and the PTr ought to be getting on with now. But if the leader insists on being invisible, and appearing only once or twice like a shy, retiring widow, then all hope is lost...

And a ti cretin with his Lady Macbeth will be back to take what they have inadvertently forgotten to take since 2014, when they started to deplete the national coffers. Sa ki apel vrai coffre fort, ban trolls/chatwas!

Mardi 27 Septembre 2022

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