At 11:02 AM 6/13/97 +0000, you wrote:
>President Mary Robinson has been appointed UN High Commissioner for Human
>She has been asked by the Secretary General to take up the post by
>mid-September, although her term of office as President does not end
This was posted to soc.culture.irish. Haven't decided if I agree with it,
but it does provide food for thought:
There is a lot of baby talk about the departure of the President
which is undignified and unhealthy.
People have a lump in their throat and sound as if they are going
to fall on their knees and speak in the archaic language of
prayer; or otherwise fall on their backs in a classic "mammy's
leaving home" trauma.
There is no more healthy attitude than "Bye bye Mary and let's
do better next time."
She didn't come out of a spacecraft or otherwise appear from the
clouds. She was an ambitious and bloody minded politician who ran
for office and won, and she was an educated and competent
President for an educated and competent people.
Who would have thought, during her election campaign, that she
would leave office during her Presidency to become The Sugar
Plum Fairy of Civil Rights for the Whole Planet.
She allowed her ambition to persuade her that it was in keeping
with the office of President to canvass for office elsewhere. In
doing so she has allowed it be seen that the office of the first
person in the State can be a stepping stone to a much better job.
If you hadn't known that the United Nations has been, for the
past ten years a most incompetent organization, you might be
surprised at how they handled this appointment.
They invited her to canvass for office while she was still
President and arranged it so that she would have to resign a
couple of months before her seven year term was completed. In
doing so, they they got an ambitious, tough and very competent
person to bow the head before taking up office; but they also
showed scant regard for the sovereign dignity of a small nation.
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