Was President Richards asleep until now?
I looked on in amazement at the opening of Parliament via the Internet and could not believe what I was hearing from our President.
Was this the same President who was in office for the last nine years? Surely it could not be because it seems as if he was suddenly awakened from a deep deep slumber.
President Max Richards mentioned, "Decisions taken in this Parliament must be such as to ensure even-handedness and transparency in policies that affect the welfare of all our citizens. There must be equality of opportunity and merit must count above every other consideration."
These principles must apply across the board, yet where was President Max previous government was running rampant with our money?
He also appeared to criticise the Government for using joint army patrols in the fight against crime saying, "zeal must not inform our behaviour, lest mixed signals be conveyed, if in any way, due process appears to be eschewed." These remarks were disparaging.
Past presidents in their ceremonial addresses to have always been very careful to appear nonpartisan.
President Max omitted to mention his own errors and failures, starting with his poor choices for the Integrity Commission.
Deborah Ann Carvalho