Editorial: Saber rattling

POSTED: 03/11/14 12:28 AM

The Emilio Wilson Estate saga has now entered the stage where politicians are calling each other to account. The former minister says this, the new minister says that and the citizens who voted their respective parties into office are left watching the show.

A political uppercut here or another one there is obviously doing nothing to solve the real issue. That still remains: how is the country going to pay for the estate? Not finding a solution is not an option.

If, as Prime Minister Wescot-Williams said last week, the government intends to abide by the court ruling, it should have signed the purchase agreement with the owners last Friday. So far, not a word whether this happened or not.

The government also has 90 days to come up with a non-refundable deposit of $5 million. Deadline – counting from the date of the court ruling on February 21 – Thursday, May 22.

These issues are more important than who did what. If Minister Lake deems his predecessor William Marlin personally responsible for all damages, he ought to say so and initiate legal action. As long as that does not happen, all references to the mere possibility are a cheap form of saber rattling.

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