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LOW EARTH ORBIT – Blood on the Floor

“It’s not a hotel lobby … what do you expect to see … blood?”

That remark of timeless arrogance was delivered by Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer on the occasion of the now legendary press conference called to put the issue of the Wadadli Power Plant to bed once and for all.

As we all now know, PM Spencer’s misguided attempt to appear tough and “in-charge” failed miserably. Instead of showing “leadership”, the poorly advised prime minister stumbled over his own testicular fortitude, leaving a bitter taste in the mouth of his viewers. If before the disastrous media event the public had harboured doubts about the bona fides of the Chinese-funded project, by the end of show they were convinced that the former Sunshine Government had a lot of dark secrets to hide.



As the hours tick away to the United Progressive Party’s Biennial Convention set for March 16-17, the possibility is reasonably good that the beleaguered party leader may experience for himself what it means to see blood on the floor … the convention floor, that is. In the colourful language of our small country’s great neighbor to the north, this year’s party convention promises to be a real “humdinger”. With the ambitions, factions, cliques and slates lining up for action it is more than probable that metaphorical blood may be spilled before the whole story is told.

After a series of the most inept actions yet to be attributed to any elected Caribbean Head of Government, Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer is preparing to go into the UPP’s final convention before the 2014 general elections having split his own party, now doubly divided: by the CIP itself, and also by the leader’s clumsy handling of the senatorial rebellion that caught him utterly unprepared.

So deep are the divisions within the demoralized UPP, so great the apathy infecting party organs, that knowledgeable party insiders are characterizing the approaching convention as possibly a “wake” for the UPP government, held in advance of a coming electoral “rout” in March 2014.

Certainly the atmosphere at party gatherings cannot be described as “sunny” or “harmonious”. Persons reporting on party activities are prone to employ such words as “gloomy”, “apathetic”, “contentious” and “quarrelsome”. Anger and a sense of injustice are spreading in the ranks, as members object to what they regard as different strokes being meted out to different folks. In one relevant case, PM Spencer’s St Johns Rural West constituency is reported to be in a state of ferment as supporters of dismissed Anthony Stuart demand that the senatorial appointments of Malaka Parker and David Massiah also be revoked. These unhappy campers insist that humble apologies notwithstanding, if any of the four “rebel” senators is to be dismissed at all, then all of them should get the boot.

Political analysts note that Senators Massiah and Parker share one thing in common: both represent the Antigua & Barbuda Workers Union, Baldwin Spencer’s own power base. If the party leader wishes to avoid seeing some of his own political blood spreading across the convention floor, say the analysts, he must take care not to antagonize the “union” wing of the UPP. Some of the more cynical – or maybe better informed – observers suggest that no actual apology took place: the entire affair was “cooked up” to cover Spencer’s desperate need to cover his own fundament in light of the approaching party convention.

One of the more bewildering aspects of the rebellion of the “Gang of Four” was the role played by Senator Parker and (then) Senator Stuart. These are two names that have become practically synonymous with “Baldwin Spencer” and “Rural West”. Stuart was once considered Spencer’s right hand man in the constituency, and is thought to have had hopes of succeeding his leader in representing the area. Tongues wagged when, apparently out of the blue, the Prime Minister plucked Malaka Parker out of her banking and labour niche, practically anointing her as his chosen successor over a chagrined Stuart.

Thereby may hang a tale; but while Stuart may be judged to have had reasons to nurse a sense of betrayal, onlookers are at a loss to identify the motive, other than pure political naivete, that might have impelled Parker to abandon her benefactor in his hour of need. Be that as it may former senator Anthony Stuart, openly operating as a certified loose cannon, is now out of control: pursuing his own political agenda under the umbrella of the UPP.

The same can be said, in a manner of speaking, for former senator Colin Derrick. Unlike Stuart, Derrick sits as a strongly supported candidate for St Johns City West. Despite being bested by the Antigua Labour Party’s Gaston Browne in successive elections, Derrick is secure in the confidence of his constituency members. Confident in his ability to withstand any challenge from his party leader, the unrepentant Derrick is positioned to be a rallying point around which opposition both to the CIP and to Spencer himself can focus and gather momentum.



It is clear that the hapless UPP leader has not only split his own party, he has also done much to create capable and highly motivated leadership for the internal opposition that he himself has created to bedevil himself. With “friends” such as the ones he has inside his own party, PM Baldwin Spencer has no need of enemies in the ALP or elsewhere: the great leader seems quite able to make committed adversaries even out of the friends he does have.

Too often political leaders, surrounded as they are with eager flatterers, sycophants and parasites, fail to recognize who their real friends are. They fall into the error of thinking that the people who really “love” them are the ones who make them feel good about things. In truth, only too often the leader’s true friends are the ones who bring warnings of dangers arising out of harsh realities. Perhaps if PM Spencer had a few more of the latter type of friend in his worshipful entourage he would not be in the position he is in as the March 16-17 convention approaches: trying to make sure that the “blood” on the convention floor is not his own.


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@ Lord Have Mercy

#17 Bachra Mary » 2013-03-13 21:22

You sound like the idiot i heard on the radio last Thursday! Did Lester sign his resignation letter, and then when he encouraged Gaston to run for Leadership, he reneged on it?

I want Gaston to release the agreement signed by Lester! Lester is now losing his marbles and has sxxxxxs like Jimmy and Patrick and his nephews carrying his fxxxy further!

What an embar**ment!
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#16 Just saying » 2013-03-13 21:14

If Lester Bird could not champion the ALP to victory in 2004 or 2009 then why do you think he can do so now. Please, if anybody is dividing labour its the Birds and their true labour rubbish. When will you Antiguans see that as far as the Birds are concerned no one but a Bird is fit to run Antigua. Do you really believe Lester would have passed the baton to Gaston if he won as leader in the next general elections. Please people do not tell me you are all that foolish. Was it not Vere Bird Jr. who shortly after 2004 talked of passing on the constituency to his son, as if he had the right? It will be Antiguans who decide who will lead us. If labour party base was sufficient to win an elections then we would not have the mess that is the UPP leading us. The problem with those causing further division in the party are those whose primary interest is to enrich themselves and not to take care to repair Antigua. Lester is not God and neither is any one from the Bird family. Gaston challenged and won.... lets give him the support if we are truly about country first. If the country does well then we want some one who will ensure that all do well not just friends and family.
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@Skyewill fan

#15 skyewill » 2013-03-13 18:46

Although I am flattered my your comment. Please vote with your own heart. I have been wrong in some cases that's just being human. Gramarians for life!
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@Professor - yes we did

#14 skyewill » 2013-03-13 18:39

the usual campaign benefactors have lost money on and confidence in the UPP.
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@patrick arthur

#13 skyewill » 2013-03-13 18:38

When you say Georgey boy! Lard I know you know me cause that is what you guys used to call me at St. Michaels and Grammer Schools. We could tell them stories. I am only as good as the people that molded me. People like you and my teachers, my family and my village. So many people have helped me that I can not let you guys down. I get so much love from my people. Everywhere I go Antiguans show me love and I love you back. So can we stand by and watch this country go under cause it is! TIME FOR CHANGE AGAIN!
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@ skyewill YOUR BOY IS A DUD

#12 Lord Have Mercy » 2013-03-13 18:18

I went to St. Joseph´s Academy, our school motto is NE TIMEAS (BE NOT AFRAID), so we do not transform into CHEERLEADERS for politicians that promise position. Gaston Brown is going to cause ALP to lose the next election.

I believe he had an agreement with Lester Bird that he would permit LB to have his final HORAY, so they would work together to unite the party, win the election and then the batton would be passed to Gaston Brown.

Apparently, Gaston Brown became too anxious to wait to be crowned King, so he challenged him for the leadership of the party. He was x x x x x .

The serpent convinced the anxious that after they hxxxxk the convention LB would roll over and play dead, but instead it split ALP beyond repair and now ABLP is destined to lose the next election.

Consider the alternative of Gaston Browne patiently waiting his turn and allowing ALP to win the next election under a UNITED front.
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@ justice

#11 skyewill » 2013-03-13 18:15

IF YOU DON'T KNOW, ASK SOMEBODY. The Hadeed plant belongs to the Antiguan People. They built it operate it and will transfer it to APUA in 2018. So the need for the WPP is not clear in light that China is the worlds largest producer of solar energy products. So who came up with the BS story about give us independence in power generation. You should be thanking Hadeed because if it was not for their plant your computer would have to be on batteries.
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williams G

#10 Skyewill fan » 2013-03-13 16:23

Skyewill I also went to Grammer school with you. You still the same straight up guy. We need more like you home. I am voting with you.
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Habemus Papam! We Have A Pope! Do We Want A New Dispensation!

#9 John French II » 2013-03-13 15:35

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock. As I watch the Pomp & Pagentry emanating from the Church of Rome & Vatican City, I am struck by the joining of the Ecclesiastic & Government which has survived for two thousand years. A 76 Yr Old Latin Pope!
Holding a prominent seat in the Good Hon Dr. PM's Office is the Chair for Ecclesiastic Affairs. Just as in the Vatican, joining of Church & State. What are the PM's natural responses to relationships, kinship, religions & historical referent points for the 95% Antiguan People of African Descent.
Sorry folks, the convention will not be an exciting "humdinger" as wished. Sparrow sang, "They want a New King!" that was calypso & picong! This is a disciplined strategic party a la the Vatican. They have tasted & know the aphrodisiac of power & wealth. They will not give it up. Like the Swiss Guards at the Vatican, they have closed ranks.
Compare Leadership, Personnel, Internecine Warfare, Election War Chest. Media Messaging, Electoral Strategies & Tactical Operations, Concern for the Poor, Nation Building & Independence. Support amongst various cl** of "bewildered & bemused". PEST! Fixate on those!
Oh Gad! Pray Wid Mi!
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@ skyewill NO UNITY NO PEACE, KNOW UNITY KNOW PEACE

#8 Professor » 2013-03-13 14:00

The UPP government is hell bent on holding on to power "by any means." The party heirachy had agreed that the CIP is needed because the usual campaign benefactors have lost money on and confidence in the UPP.

APC is owed millions, the piggy-bank at a certain Investment bank has dried up and the port loan has not been adequately serviced so contributions from that bank are expected to fade.

The results of the negotiations with the Four Disgraced Senators will become public knowledge at the Convention. The concensus is that the UPP cannot afford to jeopardize a loss at the upcomming elections, so three of the mavericks that bolted are back in the stable. Solidarity with the Senators against the common enemy (ABLP) has been restored, except for the senator feeling betrayed by his mentor.

On the other hand, it is absolutely regrettable that the Asot Michael/Gaston Browne New Labour Faction is having serious problems in repairing their treacherous division with True Labour. Jimmy Fuller's signing of the Boundary Commission's Report is clear and convincing proof of this.

leadership of ABLP
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bumpy jones

#7 patrick arthur » 2013-03-13 10:24

@skywill. Georgey boy you have really become a educated man I always knew you were funny but now the brains have kicked in big time, love your blogs and today you are bang on. We knew Magilney's lack of a brain since grade school so no surprise there. Keep at it.
Your old school mate.
Bumpy Jones
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#6 Fed Up » 2013-03-13 09:23

Justice - Which planet have you been on for the past couple of years, 'Independence in power generation' ?? How can we be independent when we are beholden to Hadeed for power & fuel, where is the independence in buying a used plant which is totally inefficient and will not last more than 10 years. Where is the independence when we are still charged duty on imports of solar equipment. You one foolie boy blinded by what you cannot see.

Skye - Bang on as usual.
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Oz made more spence

#5 Just me » 2013-03-13 08:32

Mr Skyewill, I'm afraid Oz was a lot more real than this place but your reference to the characters is spot on. Who is the best character for the wicked witch of the north and of the south?
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@ skyewill

#4 Meigo Man » 2013-03-13 08:29

Give poor Maginley a break. His father never called him "sunny" says he knew the boy wasn't that bright!
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Thank you!

#3 Jackie Spence » 2013-03-13 07:19

"Too often political leaders, surrounded as they are with eager flatterers, sycophants and parasites, fail to recognize who their real friends are. They fall into the error of thinking that the people who really “love” them are the ones who make them feel good about things. In truth, only too often the leader’s true friends are the ones who bring warnings of dangers arising out of harsh realities."

Tell that to Lester Bird and Maulwyn Joseph too!
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#2 justice » 2013-03-13 07:07

Give the pm a break. At least he is making an effort to give us independence in power generation unlike some of us who sell this country for a few shillings
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often the leader’s true friends are the ones who bring warnings of dangers arising out of harsh realities are your real friends

#1 skyewill » 2013-03-13 04:53

You need to stop blaming the so-called gang of four and put the blame where is should on CIP, you leader in the Senate who is the real killer of the bill. Who put this on the table without the vote to make it pass who killed our economy and clueless on how to manage the national security and crime. “I hear he want to be PM , Whatever you do don't turn your back on this one
Your other friend, the one that bought you WPP, the biggest rip off of the Antiguan poor ever. He should be investigated. What is the penalty for treason? You got too many knuckle heads on your team. The Fence boy, Harold and Maginley need to go see the WIZARD. Fence boy is the lion without courage, Harold is the Tin Man and need a heart and Maginley is the Straw Man, see if you can find a brain for that one, his intestines is in reverse mode what should be coming out his rear keeps spilling out of his mouth.
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