Ashamed of attack on GG

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Ashamed of attack on GG

Monday, November 18, 2019

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Dear Editor,
I am not a friend of the governor general's. The only time I had a brief discussion with him was when my dear, departed friend, Jeff McKitty, was to be installed as custos of St Mary. He is, however, a family friend. On the occasions he has attended family gatherings I can only recall a brief handshake.

I have seen and heard enough from him to be able to say to the country that Patrick Allen in informal settings is the same Sir Patrick we see when performing his ceremonial duties — a dignified, humble, compassionate man whose life is firmly rooted in Christian principles.

Recently, a story surfaced in the news. Attempts by various parties to clarify only served to cloud my mind on the matter. So I just decided to set it down to gaps in the training I received about foundations and charities and the way they are supposed to be managed.

Last Thursday evening I was surprised to hear a talk show host giving free rein to a number of callers who were spewing venom on our governor general. As the disparagement of our first citizen continued I learned that people had somehow been led to associate this same sordid Anancy story with our esteemed governor general.

I am able to say, without fear of contradiction, that claims that our governor general — who has never given us reason to doubt his firm grasp of his responsibilities and obligations to the nation, and whose wife is the patron of the Bustamante Hospital for Children — would make a 180-degree capitulation from strong, enthusiastic support of “Shaggy” Burrell and his very worthwhile initiative to advance the welfare of the same hospital to attempt to stymie this magnificent effort which has the endorsement of the entire country strain credulity.

This can teach us — if we are finally willing to learn — some truths about ourselves which are also part of what is holding us back as a nation.

Firstly, how easy it is for us to be distracted from the real issue. And secondly, how quickly we are willing to 'vulturise' even the best among us with just a paucity of credible information available to us.

I am not prepared to give credibility to any 'letter' from the administrative staff of King's House without also hearing of its antecedents and whether the governor general knew or participated in its authorship.

Equally worrying is the fact that none of the prominent people in this society — who everyone likes to listen to — has come to the defence of our governor general. Since we know that the likelihood of Sr Patrick hopping from one talk show to the next screaming, “It wasn't me” is extremely remote, where are these good upstanding citizens?
Regardless of the role we have played in this travesty, I think we all ought to be ashamed of ourselves.

Glenn Tucker

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