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New Publication Blasts UPP Administration

The book, “The UPP - Government in Eclipse”Antigua St. John’s - A new book written by a former ranking member of the United Progressive Party (UPP) has blasted the party for failing to live up to electoral promises made prior to its 2004 elections victory.

The book, “The UPP - Government in Eclipse”, was written by Cecil Wade, businessman and once a staunch supporter and financial contributor of the UPP when it was in opposition.

In the Foreword, Wade, the first Antiguan to take up the post as General Manager of the Mill Reef Club, said the book reflects his personal views and observations.

In the book, Wade recalls the early years of the UPP, noting the principals involved with the formation of the new party in the early 1990s.

He also noted that the party grew in strength, and by the 2004 general elections, it swept the Antigua Labour Party from power in a popular mandate that ended the 28-year rule by that party.

However, Wade notes that it was not long before the shortcomings of the UPP began to surface.

“The Labour Party was in charge of government for a period of 28 years and after being in opposition, the UPP was able to convince the majority of the population that it would do a better job than the ALP did. They were wrong,” he wrote.



According to Wade, the UPP was long on rhetoric but short on abilities when it took office in 2004.

“The UPP had no plan, no programme, and no experience, but armed with a fantastic manifesto, they promised to provide much more than the Labour government did, in a manner which would be quicker, cheaper and better,” the writer declared.

Regarding the party’s fiscal policies, he noted that the UPP promised no new taxes.

“There would be no increases in taxes – there were sufficient taxes on the books – all that is needed is compliance and collection,” he referenced as one of the UPP’s promises that has been broken.

Wade said despite the party’s popular mandate, its honeymoon period was short-lived due to its own makings. He said after two years, the incompetence and ineptitude of the leader and his colleagues were exposed that precipitated a loss of momentum and growth for the country.

In his words, “Antigua & Barbuda was on its way to becoming a failed state”.

Copies of the book are available from the author.

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RE: New Publication Blasts UPP Administration

#24 seaview » 2012-08-06 09:08

And so Sharon Watson, I will never judge a book by its cover. To suggest that by the name on the cover means that I should think bigger is to buy a pig in a bag - to judge a book by its cover.
That my friend is called thinking big and that is why I will not jump to conclusion about what Wade may be saying. I'm merely saying that I hope it is not an issue of sour grapes.
Please let us use a sense of balance in this discussion.
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#23 ANTIGUAN WOMAN » 2012-08-04 21:41

What does the man personal life has to do with his dissapointment in the govt? Even if he lost confidence because of his business failure,it is quite a valid reason,It is the policies of the Govt,along with the inability to move the country one step forward that would have cost most business failures,like those of us who are not business owners,the policies has stagnated us and has caused extreme stressfull situations in our daily lives,not forgetting all the unfullfiled promises,there is more than enough going on for even the strongest of supporter to be dissillusioned,only a few who has no care for country would want to see this govt return to power in the next elections,anyone else,i really do not care who,but the UPP just dont cut it,they have overstayed they time anyway,i think they messed with the last elections for their own demise,
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@ Vere C. Bird III

#22 Jumbee Picknee » 2012-08-02 19:21

Perception is reallity, is a phrase often used to describe intent. Your intentions are admirable, and the plan which you are working from will need amending from time to time, (red-linning) and that's fine. JUST STAY THE COURSE AND LEAVE YOUR LEGACY.
Food for thought, a great warrior/soldier who is in charge of the troops during war, is always prepared for the inevitable; rainwear is also a good tool to have. You are fighting a psycological war as well, attempting to sway the conciousness of a mass of people who are caught up in the doldrums. Imagine the kind of credibility 'the Lone Wolf' pack would recieve just by picketing in the rain. Perception is reallity...Stay Strong in One Aim, One Truth, One Destiny...I will contact you
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RE: New Publication Blasts UPP Administration

#21 seaview » 2012-08-02 17:07

2 Cents it must be noted that Barnes' presentation comes from the Foreword (check the article again). I would think that if he is commenting, he should indicate that he read the book.
I know that Barnes is an ALPite to the bone. His "friends" know him!
I NEVER said I read the book. My commentary indicated that I was hoping that it is not an issue of sour grapes. I will read the book once it p** my academic bar and then I will make my judgment.
Auddie - It is your right to make whatever political decision via voting that you want. I will not seek to influence you. Why have jumped on my bandwagon - to douse me w/ flames?
Our democracy is below par and that is why neither the UPP or the ALP can sway me. Both have let down Antiguans and Barbudans in a very big way, and I cannot stake a vote on them.
The ALP could very well win the next election, because it has a core group of abt 20,000 persons who will always go out and vote. The UPP has less than that w/ some ALP defectors, plus its disenchanted supporters - add to that fence sitters. Voila ALP!
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@ SEAVIEW

#20 sharon Watson » 2012-08-02 17:04

ALTHOUGH 2 CENTS DESIGNATED YOU A UPPITE DUE TO YOUR STATEMENT, HE MADE A BIGGER POINT. THIS IS NOT SO MUCH ABOUT READING THE BOOK AS IT IS ABOUT TAKING A STANCE. THE BOOK INDICATES BY ITS COVER WHERE ITS CONTENT SHOULD BE HEADING. WHAT 2CENTS SAID WAS THAT YOU SHOULD OFFER AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW USING HARD CORE EVIDENCE TO THE CONTRARY. HOW IS THAT BEING POLITICAL?

THINK BIG SEAVIEW
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RE: New Publication Blasts UPP Administration

#19 auddie » 2012-08-02 16:03

@ Sea view
Many Antiguan were disappointed in the last two terms of the ALP aministration, the UPP won obviously because former ALP supporters were willing to take a chance on them. We were even more disappointed by their obvious incompetence in Governance. . The People are using this media to cry out even those who formely decided to give the UPP a chance I am one of them. Where is it written that if you fall down you must stay down. The UPP betrayed my trust in them and I now cant wait to see the back of them. Since there are no other options I will take a chance on the ALP again, if for no other reason but for them to claw back all that the UPP has taken from us the Antiguan Citizens and residents who have paid their immigration dues and have earned the right to live here and become citizens. It is one thing to harp on a problem, but quite another to find a solution. The solution is follow democratic process or organise a coup!!!!!
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#18 Cool Ruler » 2012-08-02 13:51

Is poor cecil upset at the Government for his hotel and restsurant failours? I will not wast my time reading anything written by a disgruntled business failure. I know of persons who use to work at his hotel that could write a book about him. Not to mention his years acting like a mormon with xxxx and xxxx like xxxr xxxs.
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@ Seaview

#17 Anu » 2012-08-02 13:01

Seaview you are also guilty by your own admission. Here it is that you are questioning the Mr Barnes about reading Mr Wades book when you yourself never read it. You are in no position to be criticizing Mr Barnes. You should read the book before you verbally attack the journalist. Who is the real political lackey here??????? Smh.
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#16 Whistle Blower » 2012-08-02 12:18

This is so transparent that only someone who’s been declared brain dead could not see what is wrong here.
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@ Jumbee Picknee

#15 Vere C. Bird III » 2012-08-02 12:12

We planned to picket on Tuesday but the rain didnt look like it was going to hold up so we cancelled. We should be getting the certificate from company's registry next week the latest of the Lone Wolf Friendly society then we will have our first general meeting and launch our petition to the President of China plus get back to picketing. We have also purchased camera stabilizers for better production of our video uploads of our pickets, plus camera lights to support the Thursday marches of Eugene Humphries and the IPAC Meetings, Video editing software, and microphones for our soon to be announced Wolf Lair Podcasts. Please feel free to come to our meeting I will let you know when it will be held call me on 775-7201, or better yet .
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RE: New Publication Blasts UPP Administration

#14 seaview » 2012-08-02 12:09

2 cents, contrary to what you think, I am not and will never be a UPPite. It is amazing how people like you come up on this or any other blog and seek to castigate persons because they have differing views.
I made a statement reflecting a possibility, but you seem to miss that point. The reality is that sour grapes at times are just that sour grapes without any substance and it is why I said that I would read the book first before jumping hook, line and sinker, before agreeing with Wade, and more-so Barnes. And I see Barnes as a political lackey parading through his journalism.
I wonder though 2 Cents if you have read the book!!!!!!!! Me thinks that thou are politically motivated hence the attack.
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@Seaview

#13 2 Cents » 2012-08-02 11:34

At one point would you consider standards of objective excellence when tested against the UPP's governance performanc and the apparent incompetence of its leaders, worthy of responsible critique?
That petty folly that you UPPities demonstrates is amazing! Any suggestion that your sweetheart government celebrates mediocrity is seen as sour grapes. But there are grapes that are indeed sour and must be named for what they are.

To be more persuasive, it is better that you produce a body of mounting evidence refuting what Mr Wade has argued and show in fact and deed that the UPP lived up and surpassed its promises without the typical blaming game. Wheel and come again.
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Wadalian

#12 tenman » 2012-08-02 10:39

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We (Antigua & Barbuda) don't have a revenue problem, we have a expenditure problem - Clavis Joseph statement to then PM Bird before the 2004 election
Wadalian, reading your post, I was reminded that the stabilization fund, as it was called at the time, was supposed to be a temporary measure. The suggestion at the time was it would not last beyond two years. Its just telling that much of the moneys used for the "fencing scandal" and probably the buying of used buildings, came via the stabilization fund

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RE: New Publication Blasts UPP Administration

#11 seaview » 2012-08-02 10:27

I have not seen anywhere that Everton Barnes has read the book. The foreword appears to be his only taste. I would have thought that before writing on what appears to be a basis of conviction that he would have either read the book or quoted from someone who did read the book.
I am guarded by persons such as Wade since the fox does consider the grapes sour because it cannot get to them.
On the other hand, I am not so sure that I can trust Barnes and his articles. He has proven time and time again that he is a political lackey looking for UPP to disappear so that he may garner some position in the new ALP regime.
I look forward to seeing if this is the fox vs grapes analogy or it is the case of something insightful and will lend to serious discussions on the development of our society.
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#10 Wadalian » 2012-08-02 10:22

the UPP promised no new taxes.

You fooled me once, shame on you. You fool me twice.....
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@ Vere C. Bird III

#9 Jumbee Picknee » 2012-08-02 09:41

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A....Where are the Lone Wolf's during this week of percieved 'emancipation celebrations', carnival, a time when the Nation is highlighted and spotlighted? At Are you picketting everyday at strategic locations? Entrance/exit to the airport, jam corner, a j'ouvert mas band, a float in the parade, even a group/troupe. Take advantage of this time, this is why the author released his book at this time, to take advantage of the moment.
NEVER, EVER REMOVE REDONDA FROM THE SO vereIGN NATION of Antigua, Barbuda& Redonda. It very important in International Treaty negotiations, as is the case of the Whaling Agreement recently signed by the GOAB and the Japanese, the new foreign cat whose licking/lapping/bank ing a sizeable chunk of our fishing industry.
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want a copy

#8 tenman » 2012-08-02 09:15

It would be good if the article had provided contact info for the writer. I am of the belief that in order to prevent a repeat of especially callous mistakes, one has to try and learn from them. A read of books like this may help that cause

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@ Jumbee Picknee

#7 Vere C. Bird III » 2012-08-02 08:59

Ditto!! The Antiguans & Barbudans must reclaim their country from the self interest of the politicians and the foreign groups that have manipulated our politics for their own ends. Long live Antigua and Barbuda!!
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RE: New Publication Blasts UPP Administration

#6 Fair » 2012-08-02 08:36

Its not UPP that failed his business, its the long standing "xxxxxs"
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#5 Fair » 2012-08-02 08:27

Somebody nah get something...........
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RE: New Publication Blasts UPP Administration

#4 Inquiring Minds » 2012-08-02 05:41

Does it have a chapter about Sir Allen?
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RE: New Publication Blasts UPP Administration

#3 GoodJobBob » 2012-08-02 05:03

Finally, a sequel to "Caribbean Time Bomb" I've waited almost three decades to find out how that story ends! :cry:
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indegenious Antiguans....

#2 Jumbee Picknee » 2012-08-02 04:12

Greetings, this book will add fuel to the ALP's fire. The one's who will feel the most of the heat will be the indegenious Antiguans. The ineptness, vile and callous behavior of those(ALP/UPP/ politicians that they entrusted this valued land, willed to US by the sweat, blood, tears and lives of OUR FOREFATHERS, will continue to be controlled by foreign (chinese, europeans, russians, lebanese, serians, trinidadians, americans, jamaicans, vincentians) interests.
We/Antiguans lost controll of OUR own destiny. There is lots of blame to share and go around, so ain't no use crying over spilt milk, at the very least, 'these foreign cats' are happy to lick it up. However, all is not lost, WE INDEGENIOUS ANTIGUANS WILL HAVE TO WORK COLLECTIVELY, TO TURN THIS TSUNAMI AROUND. WE CAN USE A PAGE FROM THE TORTOLIANS CULTURE.
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indegenious Antiguans....

#1 Jumbee Picknee » 2012-08-02 04:11

Greetings, this book will add fuel to the ALP's fire. The one's who will feel the most of the heat will be the indegenious Antiguans. The ineptness, vile and callous behavior of those(ALP/UPP/ politicians that they entrusted this valued land, willed to US by the sweat, blood, tears and lives of OUR FOREFATHERS, will continue to be controlled by foreign (chinese, europeans, russians, lebanese, serians, trinidadians, americans, jamaicans, vincentians) interests.
We/Antiguans lost controll of OUR own destiny. There is lots of blame to share and go around, so ain't no use crying over spilt milk, at the very least, 'these foreign cats' are happy to lick it up. However, all is not lost, WE INDEGENIOUS ANTIGUANS WILL HAVE TO WORK COLLECTIVELY, TO TURN THIS TSUNAMI AROUND. WE CAN USE A PAGE FROM THE TORTOLIANS CULTURE.
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