We need to put the brakes on. The federation is running away from us. All sorts of strange and unusual things are happening in the land that I love. We need a time out.

On Tuesday, 20 June 2017, a famous Kittitian named George Washington Archibald died. But his death and the contribution that he made to our society were not the big news. Not at all. Instead, the big news was the murder of a previously little known young man who succumbed to his injuries at the JNF General Hospital after having been shot down in broad daylight at the same location.

That was the big news. The breaking news. The headline news.

Following the brazen, high day shooting, a fidgety Acting Prime Minister took to the airwaves to make a statement that it “fell to him” in that capacity, to address the nation about the murder, only because it happened at the hospital.

“It fell to him” sounded to me like he didn’t want to do it. Maybe, as education minister, he would have preferred to have made the statement on the passing of “Washie”.

And as he read from the teleprompter, his hands appearing and disappearing from view throughout the whole statement, I couldn’t help but wonder, if the magic wand that would have made crime disappear once Team Unity had won the elections, had itself, disappeared.

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