WHAT tragic irony, that our leader who has championed himself as a true democrat, is this weekend sitting with unelected advisers, trying to figure out a way to stay away from parliament as long as possible.
I have listened to various legal arguments as to whether what Tillman Thomas is trying to do -- prolong his government for another six to nine months -- can be achieved.
While I will seek to leave the legal pundits to sort out what's legal or not; the ordinary people like me can quickly work out what is immoral and what's not.
While the Karl Hood lodging of the no confidence motion has set a particular train in motion, the truth is the current government has entered an area where they do not control all aspects of the timetable.
In their best case scenario -- it has another nine months -- after which, barring some divine intervention of biblical proportions, this regime will have the ignominy of not just one term -- but of breaking the heart of a nation who had looked to it for refuge.
Whatever Thomas or Hood may want -- and have a right to in making their own political points -- the bigger question will be what's best for the nation.
When you talk to workers and business people; the youth and women -- that part of the bargain is not hard to work out.
Thomas should not carry out this grand conspiracy to put democracy on hold; but understandably neither can he risk -- once his stubbornness and foolish ego get out of the way -- a parliamentary sitting where he will become the first Grenada Prime Minister to be sent packing through a vote of no confidence.
Even without it, history won't be kind towards him for a leadership that has squandered a historic opportunity to set a new political tempo in a tempestuous land.
But with a vote, will come an exclamation mark to a sordid unfeeling incompetence.
I remember clearly that Saturday night in December 1998 when Raphael Fletcher resigned and effectively rendered the Keith Mitchell administration a minority government.
When I called the then Prime Minister to get some initial comments -- at the end of the formal interview -- he sought out my opinion on the development.
He did not say it, but I sensed he was trying to figure out a way to keep his government going.
My comment to him was: Sometimes there comes a time in politics that you can't play games with democracy. You have to trust yourself and trust people -- and give them a chance as soon as possible to settle this.
I said to him -- of course there are risks and some areas are uncertain; but win or lose, you cannot allow yourself to go down as a man who sought to hang on to power at any cost.
Yes, you must be concerned about now; but also be concerned about your legacy and how history will see you.
I don't suspect the current Prime Minister will ask me what I think -- but uninvited -- that advice remains relevant today. And I give it to him freely and lovingly.
The essence of politics -- for every politician -- is the ability to access power in whatever form.
But even in doing so, you cannot be so obsessed that you lose both your soul and your dignity.
For a lifetime in politics, Prime Minister Thomas has talked the good talk.
Now is the time that he must walk the walk of a democrat.