It’s a most undistinguished beginning for Cornelius Alvin Smith.
He contravened basic ethics recently, by informing Foreign Affairs colleagues that he was headed to Mount Fitzwilliam in New Providence, to sit in the seat of the Governor General. Such an announcement should come from the Cabinet Office, in the usually official capacity.
The statement regarding his selection to be the country’s next chief representative of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, was totally contra to the moral principles civil society is governed by. It was unbecoming for such as Smith, who spent most of his life in civic, public and private forums whereby protocol is essential.
Other than being disrespectful to the graceful sitting Governor General, Dame Marguerite Pindling, C. A. Smith demonstrated the lack of dignity that is so large in the character of the giant sister of the soil who is originally from that quaint, less-affluent community of South Andros.
Smith has proven that he has a very long way to go, to be considered even, somewhat, comparable to the dignified lady.
Despite it all though, his serious blunder does not disqualify from being the Governor General of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas. He might pale in comparison to the lady he will succeed, and the likes of Sir Gerald Cash, Sir Orville Turnquest, Sir Arthur Foulkes, and also Arthur Hanna, but he is certainly equal to others who have been advanced to that position by both Progressive Liberal Party and Free National Movement governments.
So, yes, he will be at least, an adequate fit on Mount Fitzwilliam.
Smith has apologized. His apology however does very little to eliminate a colossal lapse in judgement.
He will enter his new position under that cloud. The task ahead for him is huge. He has slipped in his blocks and has the burden of righting himself and continuing his career and functioning in a manner that allows him to overcome that which he has done.
Smith does have the background to survive the early-delivered announcement.
He has been a quality performer in private business, a good civil servant, a Cabinet Minister and an acceptable diplomat.
Smith is indeed afforded a backdrop that could enable him to rebound.
He will, nevertheless, be under the microscope.
He is not disqualified though.