Two Stepping

“Honourable Member” is Ian’s Strachan newest play, and it fits right in line with similar themes and commentary of his past works. Strachan’s play can be seen as a socio-political satire, I-land being the figurative duplicate of the Bahamas. Viewers introduced to Winston “Fergie” Ferguson, the Prime Minister of I-land, who has the formula to being a ‘good’ Prime Minister. Though womanizing/lusting, seems to be virtues that keep him a happy Prime Minister, it is his ten steps (that Fergie breaks the fourth wall to tell his audience) that we see what is believed to be recipe of a Prime Minster of the Bahamas. I mean, I-land.

Fergie’s first line of scripted dialogue is referencing these rules. We see how much he is guided by them, and believes in its power. The first rule is “look your best”. I feel as this was a direct comment to that fact that many politicians have quite the years on them. This is of course to the population’s understanding, but nothing is done to expel the expired. The second rule is has to do with keeping your circle small. I always thought it was hilarious how Bahamians literally fight to the death for the two or three party leaders who are actually friends. Letting the politics of politics drive them to their wits end, when these men went to college together, probably visit each other occasionally, etc.

Rules three to five, have much to with controlling the people. Making the power people feel as if you care, letting affiliates know that they must be affiliates, perpetuating the idea that change is bad and unwanted, all help to keep governance over them. Similarly, the sixth and seventh rules are connected. They speak about the how important is to ‘swing’. Whether you are ‘swinging’ your people or your party, these two rules show that publicity stunts and scandals are needed in order to be a healthy government. It keeps the country a bit more distracted from what they really need to focus on. This brings Fergie to his last sets of rules. Number eight and nine speaks to the fact that our leaders sometimes do not even know how to effectively lead. They k on a great task, preparing themselves that something will probably go wrong, and make that a reality. They seem to put more preparation in failure than progress. And the last rule; lie. For what is a government without corruption?

These rules are direct comment to how Strachan feels parliamentarians are. As a viewer we must sit back go through the steps ourselves, see how reflective it is to our society and decide what we wish to do with the information. We often complain about how noting is changing tin the country, but how can it when we elect carbon copies. If we want true change, we have to do with the routine, and aspire for better for the Bahamas. I mean, I-land.


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