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LOW EARTH ORBIT – Beyond the Boundaries II

Feathers are flying all over the placeSince the now banished Jimmy Fuller made his open break with the “official” Antigua & Barbuda Labour Party things have really opened up on the “red” side of the political divide. Feathers are flying all over the place, and loud squawks of pain are heard in the land.

The loudest squawks are being emitted by adherents to the Bird family faction that flies under the false flag of “true” Labour. Their whining complaint is that new party leader Gaston Browne is too abrasive and combative: not enough of a peacemaker ... too unwilling to hold out the hand of “reconciliation” and bow to their puerile vexation – in short, no easy pushover for their mischievous sabotage.

It should be clear to any reasonable onlooker with even a basic grasp of “politics” ALP style that any display of flexibility toward, or willingness to be conciliatory with, an act of open betrayal of the party in furtherance of an open rebellion against a duly elected leader would be fatal to the leadership. The “Bird” faction has cynically presented Gaston Browne with a “head-on” challenge – and is unhappy that the new leader has chosen to meet fire with steel.



While the fluttering and squawking continues on the red side of the political aviary, the “blue” side is having problems of its own. The weekend convention was, in its own quiet way, the “humdinger” expected by insightful analysts like Yours Truly. Some onlookers might have expected a challenge to leader Baldwin Spencer – but that was never in the cards: the stumbling, demoralized United Progressive Party cannot afford a leadership struggle at this point and knows it.

Other persons might have expected fireworks on the convention floor, with champions representing different party factions delivering impassioned addresses calling for this or that dramatic solution to one or another critical issue. But no … the state of dark apathy that afflicts the (basically nonexistent) UPP party structure militates against any animated displays: above all the UPP must at this time eschew the appearance of division. The business of readying the party for its approaching date with destiny must by all means be conducted with circumspection, but it must be done.

The significance of the UPP convention lay in the quiet withdrawal of major political figures from the executive. Only the top political leader positions, held by Baldwin Spencer and Harold Lovell, were without challenge – all others were up for grabs, with more than one “slate” of candidates contending for control of the party “machinery”. The upshot was that party leaders went into the convention with no clear idea of what the outcome of the various ballots would be. For once, the floor membership would have the real say in what went on. Their political leaders had failed them – would the faithful strike back?

The situation was further compounded by the state of rebellion engulfing several constituencies, one of them the party leader’s own constituency of St Johns Rural West. In splitting with longtime right hand man Anthony Stuart, Baldwin Spencer created a two-headed monster in his own backyard. Fired-up former senator Stuart is now by all accounts pursuing a successful maverick challenge in the constituency of St Johns Rural South. Much of the “new” Rural South once formed part of Rural West.

The monster’s other head was formed by Spencer’s cautious treatment of former favorite and protégée Malaka Parker, as well as David Massiah. Spencer’s ready acceptance of their humble apologies is widely taken as a means of securing his own power base in the Antigua & Barbuda Workers Union. “Different strokes for different folks” is not exactly going down well with some voters in Rural West. Fortunately for Spencer the ALP “caretaker” in Rural West is taking care of some private business of her own at this time; so there is a good chance that the opposition party may not be able to fully capitalize on the opportunity presented.

Meanwhile, back in St Johns City West, another fired-up former senator is making plans to ensure that he, like Stuart, does not go quietly into that good night. Colin Derrick, Minister of National Security in the UPP’s first term, wound up on the sacrificial block when the returning government abruptly abandoned the “justice” platform on which it had scrambled back into power in 2009. Since then, Derrick has watched sadly as the hapless UPP has stumbled from one political debacle to another, on every occasion drawing further and further away from the principles that originally brought the party into government.

Now, with his senatorial appointment withdrawn but secure in the support of his City West constituency, Derrick can thumb his nose at the party leadership. While Spencer may attempt to unseat Derrick by backing a protégé of his own for the candidate’s position, he faces an embarrassing defeat at the hands of a vexed constituency that has swung solidly behind their man. Chances are that Spencer will attempt no such risky ploy – the political costs might prove prohibitive.

In the meantime, simmering discontent persists in the constituencies of St Johns Rural South, St Marys North, and All Saints East & St Lukes. The forced (it must have been, despite whatever “spin” UPP propagandists may attempt to put on it) departure of the rejected Chester Hughes from All Saints East & St Lukes was bad enough; the attempt to force a rejected candidate onto the people of St Marys North was worse.

The abrupt and well-advised exit of Winston Williams from Rural South has left the constituency floundering. The party leadership is so far unable to identify a popular replacement. Anthony Stuart is moving to fill the vacuum. It remains to be seen if Joanne Massiah’s campaign personality will wash away the unpleasant taste that the unlamented Chester Hughes has left in the mouth of the voters of All Saints East & St Lukes.



The outcome of Sunday’s voting on the various positions up for grabs will have set the pace for the UPP’s own judgment day, due in March 2014. In “Behind the Boundaries III’ my double-bubble telescope will focus on what all this means – against the backdrop of the very creative changes concocted by the UPP-dominated boundaries commission, with the able assistance of the now ostracized James Fuller.

The outcome of today’s legal proceedings in the High Court will determine the way forward for the body politic of our unfair land, in the short term. The nation waits with bated breath for the ruling, wondering just how far the court will indeed go in facilitating the workings of good governance … in the people’s interest.



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@ john French II me a pray wid you

#13 skyewill » 2013-03-18 20:38

Right people for the right job.
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Fee Fi Fo! PT4

#12 John French II » 2013-03-18 17:38

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! Rain Falling Blue Kitcken Leaking. Red Kitcken a cook wid coal, Food a bun up & no watah dey fuh out de fiah. Fee Fi Fo. CL Seize the Time!
What you did not put in place during your first 90 days must now be set aside. Enjoy your April Bliss.Come back refreshed. Engage Pompey as Security Advisor & Newton as your Strategic Planning Advisor. Spend your waking hours engaged in Visionary exercises.
Create a Parliamentary Committee under the Leadership of Joseph. With Senate leadership under Nibbs, have Weston lead the charge on Finance. Charge Michael with all Electoral Matters. Make Yearwood responsible for all GoAB Enterprises. Keep Cute Consigliere on a tight leash & only legal affairs producing briefs on all matters great & small. Marshall, should work closely with you & Newton & be responsible for setting the agenda to both supporters & the public. Greene should earn his keep by spending time with the Nations Money maker - Tourism. Lake should be researching Health, Education, Agriculture & The Environment. The Emeritus should be networking with other leaders & providing you with an entree into those networks.
Oh Gad!
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Fee Fi Fo! PT3

#11 John French II » 2013-03-18 17:01

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! Antigua Intelligentia is a very strange Black Claas, who will run as far away as possible from their African Heriatage. Fee Fi Fo. Because of Black disorientation, decenteredness and lack of agency, they ran as afar away as possible from VC Bird, the Thirty Niners & the Socialist Workers Movement in the Labour Union & Party. They would have no truck with the Late Tim Hector and his merry abnd of comrades. They flirted with all and any who voiced displeasure with the Socialist Worker Movements. They were Privateers. They found a home in the UPP & the Old Anglos, Purtugese Arab Cl**. Ah who Get Um Tek Um! Crusoe said Ah me mek Um. Little did he realise that just as he openly pronounced that he could rip out the entrails of those who said they were "natives", the 'natives" were planning the demise of those they considered to be non-native forces. Fee Fi Fo! With Stalin like efficiency, the party has been cleansed of the non-native money power base. Tubby, Abbott, the Colin Derrick Faction et al have been purged with ruthless yet bloodless efficiency. Who needs Talk like you Feel? Ah Who get Um, Tek Um!
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Fee Fi Fo! PT2

#10 John French II » 2013-03-18 16:39

Notes From A native Son of The Rock! Friends, Fee Fi Fo, The Blue deputy on return from his soujourn in the the North Atlantics declared for all who hath ears to hear that since the 1990's he had changed his Politics. Did you listen, hear or did it just echo right by you? Some say that African American Feminine Wiles tied him in knots & like Salome delivered up his head on the Liberation Platter to SAM's John Bull & The English Bulldog. Have a friendly conversation with Luther lee & Bleau. You will drop either your jaws or drawers. Geopolitcis has a long term View not a short term view of things as people on a "small place" wish life to be. Understand the genesis, creation & implementation of the IMF's NEST Plan! Who Get Um, Tek Um!
Prior to the Red Love Fest, this commenter wrote of the Gang of Four. Fee Fi Fo! Comments noted the exit of the ailing emeritus & the riseyoung turks which shocked the old dynasty since they had made peace with the young turks. Left behind. The intro of money & savvy IT, Andorid Telephony skills. They understood Business is relationship building, but forgot Marketing is everything & everything is Marketing. Who get Um Tek Um!
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Fee Fi Fo!

#9 John French II » 2013-03-18 16:07

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! "Cum Out Ah Dat! Cum Bak Inna Dis!" Quote:
'Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman (Anglo African Antiguan), Be he live, or be he dead I'll grind his bones to make my bread.
It is absolutely shocking how little we learn. That we have all heard of Anansi, been told of his tales & exploits, but paid no attention to the tricky Strategems, speak to our education process - neither Cognitive Skills development, Organizational Awareness, the need to exhibit Behavioural Felxibility, Nimbleness and Creativity, moreso to have a Clear Vision. In the words of one of our elite Politicos: "Who Get Um, Tek UM!"This erudite scribe is still claiming a "Humdinger" to justify an eistence bathed in salved wounds of Bird hatred, Upp appointment & engagement, and, most disastrously disappointment & casting into perdition by Crusoe & his Observer Media Empire. Fee Fi Fo, I smell the blood! This mere voice far removed from the moorings of red or blue -should be green - advised that the Blue Boy was being used effectively to raise the party standard & prolong the five year electoral intercourse. Who Get Um Tek Um!
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RE: LOW EARTH ORBIT – Beyond the Boundaries II

#8 Anonymous » 2013-03-18 15:52

"I declare Jimmy Fuller Persona no grata". Thats what you call a clap whip across Jimmy's back. Poor man. everytime they mess with Gaston they make him look better and better. I undestand that the Judge said there was a case for gerrymandering and that the prilimaries to the case will start on April 18, 2013.
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@ Tenman ... When do we say

#7 Professor » 2013-03-18 15:46

The reason I have such high regard for your intellect is because you can always identify the REAL DEAL.

Since we agree that "who pay the piper call the tune," please tell me who is paying the piper and calling the tune in ABLP (New Labour)? The truthful response to that question should scare all Antiguans.

I am not discounting the relationship between politics and campaign financing. My point is that GB represented a chance for REAL CHANGE in Antiguan politics. If he played his cards right he would become PM in due course.

Association with AX to hxxxxk the party leadership (xxx xxt the bar) will lead to hari kar for GB.

The AX game plan is to get LB and GB out of the way for him to be crowned king. That is why xx is orchestrating a loss for the ABLP in the upcomming elections and a discrediting of GB's leadership.

Are you aware of the elaborate scheme that xx perpetrated to get Error Caught out of the way when he thought LB was moving towards passing the batton to dr caught?
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@ Professor

#6 Meigo Man » 2013-03-18 11:31

My friend, i know the Lebanese Serpent you speak of. He is a creation of Lester Bird and can still be seen regularly at the house on the hill at Blue Waters.

At the end of the day Lester and Asot are forever joined! Poor fooled Jimmy can't understand that! Further, Jimmy and Co. needs to get a grip and come to terms with the fact that no body can come between the ** and the po!
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time for rules and personal responsibility

#5 tenman » 2013-03-18 10:53

Quote:
He who pays the piper calls the tune
Professor, until we recognize the above statement and make the necessary changes, we wasting time. The non black community is quite aware of the above and so are more adept at playing the game. I am no fan of Asot, but you have to respect his ability to provide the finances. Attacking him is like the war on drugs, useless. We demand the handouts and then some want to turn away from personal responsibility. You really couldn't say no to the handout that comes as a loan with a high interest rate? Its not me who caused the accident, it was the alcohol's fault. As far as political power vs financial power, the former is useless when it depends on the latter.
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RE: LOW EARTH ORBIT – Beyond the Boundaries II

#4 Just saying » 2013-03-18 09:47

Professor I do not support you with this Lebanese serpent thing. I know for a fact that when they all thought it was St. Phillip North would be cut out, they were ready and willing to fight to the end. Its the principle of the thing. Is it not up to the members of the ABLP to decide who will lead them after GB and the Birds are out of the way? Do you have such little faith in your people to believe that they can be bought at any cost. I know politicians on a whole have give aways during elections, how or why should only one be held to the carpet for the very thing they all do?
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Gaston Browne said He will end Curruption

#3 skyewill » 2013-03-18 09:13

IS THIS SOMETHING YOU WANT??????? - what ever party you belong to this is what OLD/TRUE Labor is fighting against? All those who want to make me a political enemy, simply because I am not want they all want me to be, so they plan to kick out my A$$...Tell them Pappy no dice, we not going to eat lice!
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@ Just Asking ... PAY ATTENTION!

#2 Professor » 2013-03-18 08:58

Sean and Vere III are not the issue. If truth be told the real issue is not even GB. The real fight that we are wittnessing is between the Bird Dynasty and the Lebanese Serpent that is hiding in plain sight behind GB.

GB has been standing in the line of fire because he has not been clever enough to move out of the way and let the Birds cut off the head of the Lebanese Serpent.

Neither Lester Bird nor his misguided nephews are in a position to lead the nation. Therefore, discrediting GB does not benefit the Bird dynasty. Robin and Molwyn are over the hill.

Will someone plese tell me who has the most to gain from GB and the Birds out of the way?
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RE: LOW EARTH ORBIT – Beyond the Boundaries II

#1 Just asking » 2013-03-18 07:38

Sean and Vere do not want reconciliation. Mr. Browne has reached out to them with olive branches and what they did in return was to bite the man finger's off. What they want is for him to roll over dead and the walk on his grave. These guys have said publicly that they wish the ALP lose as long as GB is the leader as Vere said only a Bird is fit to run this country-- an insult to all Antiguans and Barbudans, even the cows that follow them. As for the UPP, one can only pray and hope that Antiguans and Barbudans memory span have increased.
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