HE WHO IS ONLY FOR HIMSELF ENDS UP BY HIMSELF
“He is for himself,” said a former colleague in the police force, a few years ago. “He has always been this way – pompous and bragging and pushing himself forward, except when things are hot and bullets are flying, then he’s nowhere near the front. He was always for himself alone. And that’s why he will end up by himself.”
It was a time of terrible lawlessness and corruption on the force. Evidence would disappear frequently. Hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of dollars in evidence is on record as disappearing or permanently misplaced. He, of course, would never do such a thing. He was a man of prayer and faith and funny smelling oils, if you know what I mean.
“He was the only one of us in our year at university who was not paying a student loan,” said a legal colleague. “And then, he suddenly had luxury cars and acquired property in Castries, and put a new building on it – a still no burden of debts – I mean, whadafuq?”
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The ineptitude of the then-government, the utter couyon-osity of Lala, one of its disgruntled MPs and of the opposition opened the doors to power and put the island on the road to become a narco-state. Lala gave up her seat in Parliament to spite her own government and he stepped into the breach, winning as an independent. The opposition had no choice but to embrace him.
In opposition, he was the black star of the lightless opposition's torch. The return of their foxy old leader had brought energy back to the party. His alliance with the opposition in 2006 put the party over the top. He was two or three steps from ultimate power.
In the streets, he was the Boss. The man who made things run. It was all going so well. All the rebels and lost boys became his soldiers, as well as many of the cops. He was practically invincible. But invincibility is a weakness. It makes a man reckless. It makes him break rules that should only be bent. It made him forget who was the real boss in democracy. It made him forget that one can only act with impunity, sometimes.
And so today:
In politics, his alliance with the once and current opposition is almost at an end. With his former allies hellbent on electing an enemy as their political leader, he is back to being a lone wolf. After that election, the new leader and his supporters will do everything in their power to quietly make him cease to exist (as a political force).
The once great army and cult has been reduced to a shadow of its former self. And now the wolves are circling. The Americans revoked his visa while he was still a powerful and most influential minister. Scotland Yard investigations into a luxury car theft ring led to the death of a fella named ‘Cars’ – the first man to have a convertible Audi in the island – and to the amazing disappearance of the former minister’s own prized convertible. Cars met his end by fire in a garbage bin. The former minister’s convertible? Wasn’t sold. Wasn’t reported stolen. Wasn’t shipped out. Just not there anymore.
Just not there. So much for evidence.
After flying so high, prison beckons. Ironically, he’s already in prison. Exiled on his own island. He can’t travel to North America, several places in Europe, hell, not even Martinique.
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