?We are indeed a lucky nation. We are still blessed with courageous individuals who will take a stand, usually when we are at a loss to deal with the anguish, disgust and fear brought on by failing politicians, drought and other stressors.
Today, we should all pay tribute to the 81-year-old Percy Villafana. He's the man who crossed him arms in a failed attempt to prevent Prime Minister Manning from entering his premises during a recent walkabout.
The first television news coverage of the incident brought surprise, mirth and support for Villafana's action, which made news because of the obvious age of Villafana and, just as important, because of the incredible response of the Prime Minister, who simply ignored him and proceeded to walk into the man's home.
But observe how this incident has blown up into front page news, and observe too the clear and comprehensive interview on television on Saturday evening. Villafana has been galvanised into national hero status, not because of his spontaneous act, but because of the manner in which the Prime Minister and his handlers have attempted to deal with the event. Where is the prophetess? one must ask.
Manning uses the Parliament to imply that Villafana is a foreigner, that he is slightly senile, and that the incident is of little importance. If the last response is true, why take it into the Parliament? Villafana has become an overnight symbol who has articulated loudly on issues which so many of us are fulminating about in our homes. It should not surprise us if the Government's propaganda people begin placing a number of lengthy television commercials and full-page advertisements (a la the Napa riposte) in an effort to explain the Prime Minister's version of this incident. It will not go away in a hurry.