A heated English pub discussion on a Sunday evening, my dear readers, is brought to you as a “London Letter”. It all began with a consensus that we Londoners DO NOT want The Donald to visit our city. Allowing him to address the Houses of Parliament would be sacrilege, we all agreed (the pub phrase was “it would be like allowing an un-wanted visitor to pee in our living-room”!). But we also know that London is ruled by Non-Londoners from the lily-white “Home Counties” and our views are mostly over-ridden: we Londoners voted for a Labour government which we didn’t get, we voted to remain in Europe which we didn’t get, we voted to bar The Donald which we will not get – and we want our very own Bernie Sanders for Prime Minister which we will not get (Jeremy Corbyn, the ex-lover of the vibrant black MP Diane Abbot). And we voted for our London Mayor, a Pakistani ex-bus driver’s son, but the expatriate colonial “Home-Counties” foreign rulers of London ignore him!
So, despondent, we all ordered another round of drinks and turned our minds to wishful thinking: Obama Will Be Back! Oh Yes, He Can! Now that The Donald is proving to be horrible, we are all reassessing Obama more positively (Gambia’s APRC should not take heart here – Jammeh was too horrible in his last decade and last few weeks in power!).
Oh No, He Can’t – opined yours truly, the Dr^2 Henry DR Carrol – like pretend legal wizard. And unlike the voluminous double-doctored Gambian legal wizard, I am on simple and clear legal grounds here: the 22nd Amendment to the US Constitution States as follows:
“No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once.”
Firstly, the above sentence from the US Constitution must be inserted into the Gambian Constitution as soon as possible (and with express RETROSPECTIVE effect so that the very thought of a Jammeh-comeback is consigned into the dustbin of history. I hear that the double-doctored Dr^2 Henry DR Carrol is the Jammeh-appointed Chairman of Gambia’s Law Commission but he has now expressed allegiance to the Barrow Administration and will, if left in post, undertake the urgent task with “due diligence” (lol, I am a lawyer too!).
Secondly, Barrow’s government must be sooooo different from Jammeh’s that Gambians will never need to compare the two (“chalk and cheese” is the analogy). Barrow must also keep his distance from the Jammeh “baddies” so that he does not get to be contaminated with the negativity attached to Jammeh – it was a delight to see a utube video in which former Jammeh VP Isatou Njie was being booed by Gambians! Now that is something – Gambians are normally so polite that a booing from them is the equivalent of a full-scale Parisian Riot!
PS: The appointment of Hassan B Jallow as Chief Justice of The Gambia is simply inspirational.