I listen to the glowing remarks for the former president George Maxwell Richards by certain politicians and media commentators, but I recall the scathing remarks they made about the gentleman in May 2009 during the Integrity Commission débâcle, and thenceforth until the end of his tenure. This hypocrisy, however, is not new. We saw similar traits being displayed for other deceased national leaders. When Patrick Manning died, I recall my shock and awe at the glowing remarks being made about this “statesman’’ by opposition Members of Parliament who once, in stark contrast, called him a “dictator’’ and “megalomaniac’’.
Similarly, when Arthur NR Robinson (another former president) died, I listened at what I thought was a humorous turnabout by political persons with nationally recognised portfolios.