I did not hear that any of the opinion polls had included any questions about what respondents would do if they were given as much as $1,600 cash on Polling Day; IPods; TVs; T-shirts wrapped with caps and cell phones; or as little as $300 cash, on or before Polling Day. Unless that information was concealed by CADRES, it is impossible to cast blame on any pollster.
It is my considered view that five St. Michael constituencies, not to mention others, were pivotal to the DLP victory: St. Michael North-West (pre-election 340, post-election 915 votes); St. Michael West (post-election 125); St. Michael Central (post-election 39); St. Michael West-Central (post-election 193) and St. Michael South-Central (post-election 264).
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, in his victory speech, singled out the buying/selling of votes that needs to be stamped out. My suggestion: preferably by the law courts.
We enter the time when it is fashionable to minister and to live like those at Shiloh. The people were calling for a true ruler.
The fall (1 Samuel 8:1) describes the decline of the judgeship. One wonders if there is a need for judges, soothsayers or pollsters.
The elders initiated the call (1 Samuel 8:4) for a ruler “to govern us like all other nations” since they will disguise that they mean an earlier comparative period of plenty. Some will argue that was competence at work.
Saul enters the story (1 Samuel 9) and we learn of his lowliness. He is concerned about his father. By verse 15 it is suggested that God chose Saul, but by verse 20 Saul is portrayed as both good and bad.
At the election (1 Samuel 10:1) Saul is anointed ruler by Samuel and at verse 21 the people chose Saul.
These historians will teach the Saul traditions (1 Samuel 9-10:26 and Chapter 11). They will also want to remind others of the Samuel traditions (1 Samuel 10 – end).
1. Saul will get no sign from God and will be rendered Disloyal (1 Samuel 28:3).
2. Saul will become Disobedient (1Sam 13:8) and (1 Samuel 15).
3. They envisaged that Saul will suffer an inferiority complex (1 Samuel 15:17) and can, therefore, never be a successful leader.
4. Realising Saul’s predicament, other reasons get in the way:
(1) There are attempts to kill David.
(2) There are signs of madness (1 Samuel 14). It is believed that God made him so — the evil spirit was put upon him (1 Samuel 31).
THE DAVID ERA (around 1000 – 961 BCE)
God will conspire with Samuel to destroy Saul (1 Samuel 16:3). A cow will be used as the decoy. The spirit of the Lord will be upon David. (1 Samuel 16:13). The spirit of the Lord will leave Saul (1 Samuel 16:14).
David will emerge as King (1 Samuel 27). David will be sent back to his homeland (1 Samuel 29:6). There is no Saul, so David becomes King. A civil war will erupt between the tribes of Saul and David (2 Samuel 3:21).
Since David will become the King of Israel he will conquer Jerusalem as his chief city, no doubt because of its geographical location, and will reign at Hebron for seven years. He will also reign at Israel for 33 years.
It is to be noted, too, that following David’s rise will be his fall. For after seeing Bathsheba bathing, another man’s wife, this woman will be the cause of David’s fall.
* H. Malcolm Gibbs-Taitt is consumer advocate.