Little Jack Horner
Sat in the corner,
Eating a Christmas pie:
He put in his thumb,
And pulled out a plum,
And said, "What a good boy am I!''
The present generation may not be too familiar with this children's nursery rhyme. But apparently, Jack Warner has been reincarnated having undergone a total makeover: Jack the Horner eating everything in sight becomes Jack the horned who refuses to share in the goodies of the party.
According to an article in the Express, November 6, headlined "Jack skips Nagar opening'' an honourable minister saw his first love fraternising with the enemy and so sulks and slinks into his dark corner in self-imposed banishment. Though amusing, this behaviour underscores the calibre of leadership prevalent today at the highest national level.
Why the horner Jack thought the juvenile act of placing his finger in his mouth and pulling out stuff made him a good boy may not be too clear. But the behaviour may be justified if one imagines that he is located at the oral stage of his life.
Why the horned Jack thought that the senescent acts of blanking his friends and being petulant about a political rival making a gentlemanly gesture to his beloved one make him, Jack, a good and loyal boy is anybody's guess.
However much we may wish to justify or account for the minister's behaviour in declining to attend the Nagar opening, we are forced to re-evaluate the quality of leadership of those charged with governing our nation.
A pertinent question-thinking people among us may well be asking ourselves is: Can we, with a straight face, ask our children and youth to emulate our law makers and those holding the highest office in the land?
I believe that this country can certainly do better than to maintain this brand of leadership imposed upon us today.