Friday, November 30, 2012

Letter: Prakash must shut up and behave

In many ways a coalition arrangement is like a sanctioned marriage. 

The main way would be how the partners, though formally committed to the marriage through the nuptial rite, each maintains a separate identity but blends it to the other's to ensure a smooth relationship no matter how difficult the road they have to walk together. 

Two forsake all others and become one. 

As the official spokesperson of one of the partners in the present government, how can the intermittent but one-track statements credited to Mr Prakash Ramadhar since becoming political leader of the COP, be assessed by any onlooker to determine if the marriage is doing well, or doing enough to cope with making the inevitable post-nuptial adjustments? I think I have the answer.

As a man who had the bad experience of two shortlived marriages before finally meeting the woman who would bear my children and become the "Julie mango" of my eye, I can tell you the marriage partners who fidget the most are those who come from homes where they were treated like underdogs to the extent they had very low self-esteem, so didn't think much of themselves when they came into their own home, no matter how well-appointed the marriage home was. 

We have seen with the present coalition government how partners who complain and act contrary the most are those who do not really have or play the leading role in their own party, even though holding the post of leader. 

In one case, a whole party walked away from its leader after he smelled therat and abdicated before being overthrown.

So, Prakash Ramadhar's latest public statements attacking his own marriage are not cause for raised eyebrows in my household. They are just additional evidence to firm up my conclusions over time. 

His coalition partner will one day tire of his anti-marriage rants and call upon him to shut up or leave. And I wouldn't blame her one bit, since more than 50% of marriages just do not survive.

Ayodele Chieng | Irving Street, Petit Bourg.

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