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IF EVER I HAD A COUNTRY : LXXIV IF ever I had a country proud of its sacred Soul Patrie And if ever by a long shot I was nominated - not spuriously elected - Chef Ministre d'Etat Plenipotentiary The first thing I'd do is to give the Minister of Justice the sack in a hurry I'll then take over his post and issue a long awaited (you'll agree) and needed decree That henceforth any razor-sharp lawyer and his erudite team appointed by a client for a very very high fee To defend protect and facilitate the " escape " of any known criminal whose ill-gotten gains burst bank-vaults to a brain-numbing degree That the lawyer and his team be given the DOUBLE of the sentence meted out to the criminal and be put away minus their licences to practise LAW in an Alcatraz-like penitentiary And this even if I never ever had no country to call my own with or without any patrimony (The late eminent Vietnamese-French lawyer, Maître JACQUES VERGES, renowned for among other feats the defence of KLAUS BARBIE, the NAZI " chief " under the French Vichy regime, was also the Secrétaire de la Conférence des Avocats/Examiner for those wishing to practise law in France. And yet, in a case where I was concerned with revolting Master's and Doctoral students at the Sorbonne-Nouvelle University, he subtly had my case scuttled to prop up mainly Muslim and African-origin students - openly backed by JAMES BALDWIN - who objected vehemently to being taught, besides numerous other Commonwealth authors, V. S. NAIPAUL's The Guerillas, together with Eva Peron and The Killings in Trinidad, students who also took exception to any comparison, by way of structural influence, of WOLE SOYINKA's The Road, with Greek tragedies.) © T. Wignesan - Paris, March 8, 2019

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