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LOW EARTH ORBIT – Party Government Country



The cancer starts from deeper than we imagineIf developments keep moving at this rapid and accelerating pace Yours Truly will need to install an additional double-bubble telescope, as well as invest in a complete supplementary array of retractable multiple broadband antennae.

My virtual central processing unit has indicated that it may in the foreseeable future be required to tap into redundant capacity, at least during periods of peak activity.

Things are really heating up down there on the surface at Earth station Antigua & Barbuda – and it takes the full scope of all my information systems just to keep up with the pace of things. Barbuda council elections are just around the corner; and all kinds of muck is being dredged up from all sorts of interesting places. The CIP Bill has passed through a suddenly docile Upper House faster than a dose of salts; and for all we know now sits on the Governor General’s desk, awaiting her assent.



The Report of the Electoral Boundaries Commission awaits a date in April – the 11th, to be exact – when the High Court will begin the process of deciding if there is indeed a case that it can deal with, and if so just what if anything the court can do about it.

And that, dearly beloved, is merely the tip of the iceberg, just a hint of the ravening beast that lurks beneath the surface of murky political waters; waters already roiled to a seething frenzy by the rapid developments of recent weeks.

The cancer starts from deeper than we imagine. The roots of it are so deep it hurts to even think about it … which, of course, is why so many of us try so very hard not to admit that the truth exists – to our detriment. This is not a failure. Yours Truly is referring to an act of deliberate will: a will to self-deception woven into the very warp and weft of our body politic – a virtual national affirmation of unconsciousness.

Many persons listening to the comments, affirmations and exhortations ringing across the land these last days have zeroed in on a common factor. It does not matter from which side of the political divide the words come, or whether the speaker is party leader or aspiring political neophyte. In asserting their commitment to national service, and in calling for support from the electorate, it is now clearly the accepted norm for members of the mainstream political colors to rank the order of their loyalties as: “My Party, My Government and My Country.”

Loyalty to party comes first; loyalty to the government itself second; and loyalty to country perhaps an anemic third. Such is the definition of “patriotism” in Antigua & Barbuda today.

In truth, the idea of patriotism has been hijacked by political parties to the extent that it has now become a meaningless, feel-good emotion: put on display at Independence Season, and indulged in when time comes to grumble against resented “foreigners”. In the totally politicized society that is Antigua & Barbuda today, loyalty to party is now paramount. The drive to secure and maintain a hold on the machinery of government now supersedes love of country. A passion for the people has mutated into a passion for power. It is now considered patriotic, in our unfair land, to be partisan and prejudiced.

One of the more frightening aspects of this trend is a patent attempt by those working the levers of political power in our unfair land to frame reality to suit their peculiar needs. This propaganda tool is not new. The tactic has been used for decades by the Antigua Labour Party as a basic means of social control. It goes back even further, receding into the mists of time. As long as mankind has existed some misguided people have sought to establish their own world view as ultimate reality, and fought to impose that view on other groups around them. The story is as old as time.

The recurrent insanity rears its deceptive head at every opportunity, usually revealing itself as a mass delusion: the conviction held by members of some political elite that they and they alone hold the key to resolving the nation’s problems, and that what serves their own partisan political ends must necessarily be good for the nation as a whole.

This is the madness now unleashed upon the body politic of Antigua & Barbuda – and the true tragedy of it all is that the disease has clearly become pandemic: generalized and all-encompassing, corrupting all national institutions, and supplanting any other ethic. We have become a politically dependent people, impelled by our politically generated environment to subscribe to one political tribe or another – and always to keep a wary eye on the party in power.



And so in Antigua & Barbuda today the appropriate order of allegiance is: “My Party, My Government and My Country” – in that order. Incoming freshman senators, hand-picked for service by a powerful patron, now enter the Upper House knowing exactly which side their bread is buttered on and who wields the butter knife. Party leaders feel no compunction in publicly exhorting their followers to put the interests of their political organization before all others. Patriotism has been captured, turned inside out, turned on its head, and turned to the service of partisan politics – and no one bats an eye.

Not so long ago, in a fit of total disgust, Yours Truly called up a local radio talk show and suggested that if my some constitutional sleight of hand I were made “King” of our twin-island paradise for a day I would make two – and only two – significant changes.

My first act as King of Antigua & Barbuda would be to commission Calypso King De Bear to re-write his insightful composition “Support My Damn Party” as a replacement for our outdated national anthem. My second would be to replace our national symbol the fallow deer with the far more appropriate snake in the grass. Needless to say the proposal did not attract popular support.

All Yours Truly can say is: To survive in my country and keep on the right side of my government, I had better find a party to be loyal to. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

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#13 skyewill » 2013-03-21 21:06

Whooot there it is! A major disapointment a great opportunity squandered. On WPP cna you imagine buying something for so much and don't want to know why it does not work. Don't want to know so we don't make the same mistake. Who is flying this space ship. I am not accusing anyone of wrong doing at this time. However, an investigation is in order. I would love to examine the loan documents and the settlement statement to see where all the money went. As special constable I swear to protect the people of Antigua and Barbuda from all ememies internal and external so help me God!
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#12 tenman » 2013-03-21 20:01

Professor lets let Colin's prior article speak for him (LOW EARTH ORBIT – Mein Kampf, Colin Sampson Wednesday, 02 January 2013 ):

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Having come full circle – from Lester Bird stupidity to Baldwin Spencer stupidity – this unhappy nation of Antigua & Barbuda now faces a “Devil’s Bargain”. The options are clear: will the long-suffering citizens of Antigua & Barbuda run the risks inherent in gifting the runaway UPP with 5 more years (at least) of political power … or will beleaguered voters opt to withdraw their mandate and bestow their favor upon a “reformed” ALP?
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And so, at this crucial juncture in my country’s history I proclaim “Mein Kampf”: my mission to ensure that lies, stupidity, and cowardice do not pressure a benighted electorate to return the United Progressive Party, that symbol of faithlessness, to power in 2014. As a nation we are faced with a Devil’s Bargain. As a people are we prepared to pay the price?
Read more: http://www.Caribarena.com/antigua/opinions/opinion-pieces/colin-sampson/102719-low-earth-orbit-mein-kampf.html#ixzz2ODoZRpSx
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#11 skyewill » 2013-03-21 18:54

First you want to speak for me, now you want to speak for Colin. As far as I can tell Sampson speaks well for himself. I read what I read and I got how I got it. As far as I can tell he always speak his mind and not leave things in the air. @ Colin please stop laughing (back to Professor) I am a UPP supporter not just by mouth but by deed. I was a Veteran for Obama and Now I am a UPP for Browne. HERE IS WHY: I heard him speak, and then last night I heard Fabian Jones. I got a brain you know, I can think for myself. DEM SAY DEM GO DO DIS AND DAT and that’s exactly what we the people got, out of the frying pan, into the fire. Now I did pass statistics. The way I figure we have at some point someone will come that will actually change things we are due. You are the professor, we can’t always loose. It was hate, racism, and the wicked treatment of black people that created Martin Luther King. This is not a math quiz but real life, none of the above is not the answer at this time in my humble opinion.
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#10 Morris » 2013-03-21 17:28

Great article Colin, if public service is not about/for the public, then what good is it? Now let us sit back and see which party or politician change their priorities.
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@ Skye ... CAN I GET A WITNESS

#9 Professor » 2013-03-21 16:55

Skye, my good brother, as Colin Sampson once said, the last sentence of the article is DRIPPING WITH SARCASM. That statement is completely TONGUE-IN-CHEEK.

Colin Sampson has said on record that he was an ardent UPP SUPPORTER. I do not believe that they can qualify for his vote in 2014, but I do believe that he is equally opposed to supporting OLD WINE IN NEW WINESKINS (New Labour). The conundrum is real, but the better of two evils represents a vote for evil.

There is a reason why more than 40% of the electorate will not vote for either ALP or UPP. And nothing about refusing to capitulate to evil denotes or connotes COWARDICE.
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Professor 13:51

#8 Colin » 2013-03-21 16:52

I always shoot straight - your mind is warped.
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#7 skyewill » 2013-03-21 15:23

THIS IS THE LAST LIN OF THE ARTICLE: "All Yours Truly can say is: To survive in my country and keep on the right side of my government, I had better find a party to be loyal to. Makes sense, doesn’t it? (Sampson,2013) I have no picked side professor I am simply stating facts as they come. The middle is a wast of time unless you got a party in the middle. Professor you can pick anyside you want and bring them financials and or any suggestion and see how you are recieved. I donated to Holberton revatilization fund and when I saw what they did to my money :cry: I have proven myself a good citizen many times and not just talk Sir. i got skin in this game.
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Amen to that!!!

#6 Ivan Nanton » 2013-03-21 13:56

This is one of the big problems with our politics currently.

The awful results are evident throughout the region.

Can we get a single politician who is for Antigua first?
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#5 Professor » 2013-03-21 13:51

Excellent exposition Colin. I am happy to see you are back to where you belong, in the middle being non-partisan, speaking the truth here without fear or favour.

Keep shooting straight.
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a virtual national affirmation of unconsciousness.

#4 skyewill » 2013-03-21 12:12

OUR LEADERS ** -In truth, the idea of patriotism has been hijacked by political parties to the extent that it has now become a meaningless, feel-good emotion:
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Party politics

#3 JD » 2013-03-21 11:05

Perhaps you should be made King, Mr Sampson, and for more than one day... There is such arrogance in our political representatives that they see our (the people of the nation) 'ramblings' as just that and cannot understand the real messages/truth behind our words, so entrenched are they in their warped thinking and ways. It is time our (civil - so called) servants realise their place and behave accordingly - and we (the people of the nation) are the ones to make them do this.
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an excuse for not answering duty's call

#2 tenman » 2013-03-21 07:09

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In truth, the idea of patriotism has been hijacked by political parties to the extent that it has now become a meaningless, feel-good emotion: put on display at Independence Season, and indulged in when time comes to grumble against resented “foreigners”.
Well said Colin

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#1 WARDADLISPY » 2013-03-21 06:48

I AM TELLLING YOU MR SPENCER YOU WERE VERY MUCH AGAINST HOW THE ALP HANDLE OUR PASSPORT WHEN THEY WHERE IN POWER AND NOW YOU ARE ATTEMPTING TO SELL OUR PASSPORT.THE CONSEQUENCE OF THIS, COUNTRIES WHERE ANTIGUAN AND BARBUDAN WOULD NOT REQUIRED A VISA TO VISIT WILL SOON HAVE A VISA REQUIREMENT...AND WE ANTIGUAN AND BARBUDAN WILL NEVER FORGIVE YOU FOR THIS HENCE YOU GO AHEAD WE WILL VOTE YOU OUT AND PUNISH YOU SOME HOW :D
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