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Why PM Spencer is Wrong

Why PM Spencer is WrongIn the midst of an orgy of vanity and a cesspool of corruption, PM Baldwin Spencer makes a strident attempt to energize the nation to fresh faith.

Spencer confides his words to modest expectations. He tactfully ignores that crime is rising throughout the land with the edge of cold hearted desperation.


Posing as a poetic politician, the PM is signaling that hopefulness is possible again and that the coffin won’t show up in the morning! Implied is a doxology of grief underpinned by despair.

His projection of better days ahead is this: The United Progressive Party (UPP) is good for the country. Spencer’s declaration that Antigua and Barbuda is heading in the right direction having overcome unprecedented challenges, numbs the imagination.

Deleted from the PM’s statement is his failure to recognize that his policies and programs lack the pathos of transformation needed to reshape our country’s destiny. 

We know full well that there is nothing in Spencer’s statement that welcomes trust.  His message is terrifyingly haunting. It is too scary for genuine newness. It comes from too happy a piety to penetrate our poverty stricken souls.

Are Spencer’s words intended to re-invent history? They portray an anxious leader who is hiding from an unfavorable track record of good governance and integrity in public office by avoiding our grimness.

If the PM wants us to dismiss the hardships of the way things are now, he is delegitimizing our social traumas. Perhaps endings are more intimidating to Spencer than beginnings, but his political idioms should not agitate our weariness.

Nor should Spencer’s hints at hope cause us to miss the extreme caution that our burdensome situation calls for. The PM speaks with the spark of a brighter tomorrow. Yet there is little conviction.

His predictable intonation that the opposition will blame the government for “challenges” the country experienced under his watch, dramatizes our sorrows. The country’s hemorrhaging lies more in how the PM mishandles the “challenges” than in any criticism that the opposition could offer.  

The term “challenges” appears as a code word. It reduces our jobless burdens to psychological gimmicks. It enthrones our fatigue. And it pretends to soothe our woes, while freshly asserting them.  

Baldwin Spencer comes across as a man of secrets: that if he were to openly share the sentiments of his heart, he would lose the next general elections. He holds that the UPP is good for the country. But his most serious accomplishment is the frequent putting down of homegrown talent. Antiguans and Barbudans, no matter how regaled with global competencies and stellar academic qualifications are usually excluded from high paying jobs and million dollar contracts. The result is that the PM has practically wiped out our vibrant middle class.   

My judgment is that Spencer has flooded the nation with frequent reminders that his government inherited a massive mess from previous administrations. Although there isn’t any bold evidence of strategic development, the PM wants us to remember forever, the mistakes of the past, while erasing the vexing problems of the present. This mirrors the politics of blame verses solution driven governance.

While Spencer is working hard to market his government as the answer to the nation’ s future, it is impossible to imagine that the country is heading in the right direction in isolation of  all the follies and fumbling  ( reported and hidden) of Spencer’s regime.

It is more our dispositions, not our circumstances that determine whether we triumph or remain trapped in failures. The lesson we should learn from the PM’s promissory call to hope is twofold.

First, symbols of hope cannot be disconnected from the brutal reality of today’s tribulations. Rather they should serve as an activated force that fleshes out effective solutions from our anguish.  Second, hope is not a cute pacifier of our national crisis.

Hope is a powerful educative tool. It rallies our collective imagination from tears and tearing.

To make a wise decision about the direction of the country before March 2014, a critical and conscientious hope must address all that we have cast aside as sources of embarrassment.  

We must reject speeches about hope that are distant from our national troubles or that excuses double dealing.

Aided by an ambitious and splendid courage, collective hope is a careful embodiment of trusting words and concrete deliverables. It cannot be an epic tale of not taking responsibility for our moral ruin and material poverty.

Beyond his elegant prose, Spencer must speak of a hope that is an outcry against our spiritual, psychological and political barrenness.

The PM could choose to redefine our social ethos away from lingering lament. His words must awaken our national consciousness. They must evoke the conviction that a great people do not give up, especially when everything is predicting their death.

The singular aim of good government is the advancement of the people! That’s the hope that PM Spencer refuses to speak about.

Dr. Isaac Newton is anInternational Leadership and Change Management Consultant and Political Adviser. He specializes in Government and Business Relations, and Sustainable Development Projects. Dr. Newton works extensively, in West Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America and is a graduate of Oakwood College, Harvard, Princeton and Columbia. He has published several books on personal development and written many articles on economics, education, leadership, political, social, and faith based issues.

 

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@helena

#15 WISDOM » 2013-09-26 17:22

helena, Me thinks you have space in your head and nothing in your pocket..

PM Spencer has always been dead wrong for Antigua from the beginning. Refute that! Check out how MUCH he has done for the people of the poorest constituency in Antigua and Barbuda--Gray-Green
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time for a change

#14 truthbearer » 2013-09-19 16:24

Its time for a change ....UPP should go, especially Maginley
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book sense

#13 helena » 2013-09-19 00:39

Isaac, Me thinks that you have sour grapes in your mouth.
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UPP ACTION PLEASE

#12 WISE » 2013-09-13 09:17

Still waiting for the change we need and the change that can make a difference in poor people's lives. Very few UPP diehard supporters have benefited from them being in office. They have given out more millions to foreign consultants than they have helped the hungry people from Villa, Gray-Green and Potters.

Who needs a 5 more years of PM BS?
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@ 2 cents

#11 JD » 2013-09-12 07:15

2 cents - I like your sense here.
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People lives at stake

#10 Concerned » 2013-09-11 21:24

The PM is wrong cause he has a set of deceitful MPs . Just ask anyone what is going on with MP John Maginley now... A scandal is about to erupt and am the first to say it "!! The PM must put a stop to is befor he loses the next election... People lives are at stake
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Why PM Spencer is Wrong

#9 CommonSense » 2013-09-11 20:29

Doc, do you know why Spencer is wrong? He does not want to be right.

Being right is too much hard work for all those people in power. They love easy money. They love show and tell. They love to mediocrity and they love getting rich off poor people.

All them people in power pocket fat, while the m** STARVING.
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@ John jones

#8 2 Cents » 2013-09-11 20:26

I feel you are being dishonest. First, if you know anything about Caribbean people in power, you would know that regardless of how unprepared they are for public office, as soon as they get in, they become "KNOW IT ALL."

Second, so many Antiguans even on Caribarena have given the leaders in power practical ideas, solid recommendations and a whole heap of solutions. What do they do? Pay Canadians, Englishmen and all kind of foreigners MILLIONS IN TAX PAYERS dollars and ignore the advice from their own people. Go back and read the opinion pieces on Caribarena.

Third, even when Antiguans submit proposals to render services, they steal them. Give them to their cronies and foreign consultants and act like if they never got them.

Fourth, most of them want to pay outsiders but they want Antiguans to work for free.


John jones, where is the ACTION that the people in POWER is doing to MAKE Antigua a better PLACE? Aren't these people in POWER all about PRETTY WORDS?

Now tell me, when are you going stop being one of the THREE BLIND MICE?
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plenty words

#7 john jones » 2013-09-11 18:08

I have read a lot of opinions from the educated eletes and the always seems ready to castigate the people in power but with all of the criterzising they never offer any solutions to the problems that the nation is facing, you see any one can knock down because its easy to do so but it's much harder to put on your thinking cap and offer meaningful solutions.
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Why PM Spencer is wrong

#6 Dr. Sandra Wilson » 2013-09-11 15:48

I am truly disappointed in the UPP. I voted for this government twice. The first time, I felt they needed more time to work through the choas. The second time, I wanted to see them recover and do well.

All I got was a lot of nice speeches and plenty of little things that did not change our country for the better. Dr. Newton, the PM got it very wrong from day one! If he stays in office, the country will not come back from the edge of poverty.
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Time for ACTION

#5 Parishoner » 2013-09-11 10:28

All these educated folks in and from ANU/BAR and no one can come up with a plan to rescue us from the bondage of political slavery? (Change constitution etc. so the electoate have a tight grip on them).
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@Window Watching

#4 THINKING BIG » 2013-09-11 09:24

Isn't this article about the Spencer's political propaganda? I don't see any grapes sweet or sour in the UPP's camp. The PM hates his own people in Gray-Green. They are poorer now that Spencer is PM than when he was opposition leader.

Unless you are comfortable that your poor people's grapes given to white consultants and foreign companies, and unless you hate your own people and believe Canadians are worth more than locally educated folks, I don't see you point.

Window Watching, how much the PM and Lovell is paying you to promote their incompetence? You want the nation to become poorer and more bankrupt?

I am sure you don't even get one grape though you are shouting from the mountain top to maintain your slavery! Keep it up! They will reward you with rejection and isolation...
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RE: Why PM Spencer is Wrong

#3 sophisticated slaver » 2013-09-11 08:50

In the end one can only "hope"... The PM "hopes" he is given another term and Gaston "hopes" he wins the next election. The people "hope" that the economic condition turn around positively... and we can go on and on... :-?
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RE: Why PM Spencer is Wrong

#2 Window watching » 2013-09-11 08:45

And all I can say is that this article is loaded with quite a bit of rhetoric from one who knows very well, that when the fox cannot get the grapes, it cries that is sour.
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PM

#1 JD » 2013-09-11 07:22

Good article. Our comrade patriarch needs to understand today's world and people - we need action and thinking instead of worthless words and lazy ways.
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Dr. newtonDr. Isaac Newton is an International Leadership and Change Management Consultant and Political Adviser. He specializes in Government and Business Relations and Sustainable Development Projects. Dr. Newton works extensively in West Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America and is a graduate of Oakwood College, Harvard, Princeton and Columbia. He has published several books on personal development and written many articles on economics, education, leadership, political, social, and faith based issue

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