WRONG_WOEID WRONG_WOEID

Inside Politics – Daniel, Game Changer

Daniel, Game ChangerPolitics is often described as the art of the impossible. Here in Antigua few politicians have been able to overcome what may have been widely viewed as ‘impossible odds’. One such politician seems to be the representative for St. Phillip South, Willmoth Daniel.

Just one month ago, Daniel seemed destined to be kicked out of the governing United Progressive Party government because of his stance against what he saw as corruption within the government whose success he had fought hard at the polls to ensure in 2004 and again in 2009.

Now Daniel is on the verge of being rehabilitated into the party of which he is a founding member and stalwart. (But we are getting ahead of ourselves here.



It’s important to backtrack a bit and to recap the issues that have brought Daniel and the UPP Administration to this point.) Daniel’s fall from grace started when he penned a letter to UPP Political Leader and Prime Minister, Baldwin Spencer, alleging that a Cabinet colleague had attempted to bribe him as part of the deal for the purchase of a building adjacent to the Medical Benefits Scheme.

Daniel’s action made him the subject of much scorn and derision from UPP stalwarts and especially on the radio ‘programme for hire’ where he was the blasted for two weeks, unrelentingly. He did not hurt his cause when he spoke about a special favour done on behalf of the host.

Daniel was marooned in the Ministry of Health headquartered in the former Administration Building, which had been condemned due to the asbestos sheeting used in the roofing.

The irony of the situation is that the Ministry of Health was and is still being housed in a building where the roof is a known carcinogen.

Operations at the ministry have been reduced to a four-hour day due to this fact. His attempts to move the ministry to another location have all faced one road block after another. Thus Daniel is perhaps the least active of all the UPP Cabinet members.

But Daniel did not stop there. He recently penned another letter to the Prime Minister detailing the history of his falling out with Spencer alleging, among other things, that he had been informed by Ambassador David Shoul that the engines at the Wadadli Power Plant were not new.

That was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. It then became open war between Daniel and his colleagues. There have been meetings of the party executive as well as meetings at the Cabinet level with one thing in mind get rid of Daniel at all costs.

When the matter of the vote of No Confidence was placed on the Order Paper of the House of Representatives at the behest of the opposition Antigua Labour Party, Daniel was noticeably absent from that sitting. This move led to speculation that it was deliberate, and that it was part of an orchestrated move to bring down the Spencer administration.

Since then there has been a flurry of activities as efforts were made to expel the errant parliamentarian. The party executive met and discussed the matter.

Then the top brass of the party invited the executive of the UPP St Phillip’s branch to a meeting at party headquarters to discuss the Daniel matter. At that meeting, the branch executive expressed a desire that another effort should be made to broker an accommodation or reconciliation with their representative.

Daniel himself met with the branch executive last Thursday as he sought to shore up support among his branch executive.

The final showdown came last Saturday when a special Cabinet meeting was called, which Daniel attended. He was absent from one such previous meeting.



There Daniel confronted his accusers led by the hawkish Jacqui Quinn Leandro. She was immediately shot down when he told her that she felt she had more ‘balls’ than a man.

Daniel was masterful.  ‘Who among you that is without sin, let him cast the first stone’. Not a drum was heard, as Selvyn Walter would say.

Baldwin Spencer would not make the history books as Antigua & Barbuda’s most effective or efficient prime minister. The laundry list of his failings would probably take up a week’s edition of a newspaper. He has presided over the worst period of economic decline in Antigua & Barbuda’s modern history, now coming on four consecutive years of economic decline.

Barack Obama has to take responsibility for the economy in the USA, three and a half years after he took office. Many now feel that after eight and a half years, the country needs no more excuses.

Then there are issues like rising crime, rising unemployment, and falling confidence among the business community. This is coupled with a sharp decline in both foreign and local investments.

Despite his failings as Prime Minister, as a politician Spencer is as shrewd as they come. He recognises that his government is losing popularity and he cannot count on continued dysfunction in the opposition ALP if he wants to win in 2014.

Time is running out on his ability to do anything to turn around the economy in a significant way. He needs Daniel as part of his team if he is to face the electorate with any confidence. Daniel, like Spencer, may not have the formal education boasted by some in his Cabinet, but he more than compensates with his charisma and street smarts.

Securing Daniel’s support has other benefits. He is the only member of the government to openly speak out against the Wadadli Power Plant that is now proving to be a major embarrassment for the government, and to Spencer personally.

The article in Monday’s Daily Observer was damning. Coming from what many considered to be the unofficial mouthpiece of the UPP, when the article reported that the plant is not insured and that it is uninsurable, even the Doubting Thomases inside the ALP and elsewhere have had to sit up and take note.

Spencer needs Daniel like the body needs oxygen if he is to survive the expected fallout from the Wadadli Power Plant debacle. For as the power outages continue unabated and as electricity rates continue to climb, it is going to take all of Spencer’s and Daniel’s political skills to convince an angry electorate that the UPP deserves another chance.

An olive branch was extended at Saturday’s meeting for a one-on-one between Spencer and Daniel.

The St Phillip South representative, not taking any chances, asked to have a mediator present and he proffered Dr Cuthwyn Lake’s name.

Spencer agreed to this and the meeting took place on Sunday. That meeting lasted for close to three hours. Daniel is said to have made certain demands although Inside Politics’  ‘fly on-the-wall’ was unable to report what these demands were.



The ball is now in Spencer’s court. Is Daniel his trump-card or game changer? Only time will tell.
 

Hits: 3348

27 Comments In This Article   

HEADER   

RE: Inside Politics – Daniel, Game Changer

#27 TC » 2012-06-22 00:59

C'mon Everton, you know it didn't start from when he penned the letter.
1
0
+
−

TC

The PM! The MP! The Commissioner! Juno ABEC! Shaka & Chaku!

#26 John French II » 2012-06-21 23:22

Notes From A Native Son Of the Rock. The Good Hon Dr. PM & The MP, no matter the outcome will have very good golden parachutes.
The MP has already finagled for any eventually and has been exalted as The Commissionaire & Privateer Extraordinaire of Culinary Delights.
This "mere voice in the wilderness" has noted that Shaka & Chaku since 2009 have set in train a Strategy which has confounded, baffled, bewildered and bemused their Opposites.
Who will educate the "bewildered & bemused Electorate"?
Words to the Wise as Juno ABEC and Crump Comissioner of Boundaries set about to Quote:
"Test Everything. Hold on to the Good." - Thessalonians 5:11
Remember that Quote:
"Life Is A Journey, in the end, each of us will be judged by our standard of life, not by our standard of living.
The time for Strategem is Now. As sure as the Sun rises & falls or the Earth rotates and orbits the Sun, Boundaries will Change. Quote:
Change is a Catalyst for growth. ... it gives you a fresh start, and it affords an opportunity to evaluate your direction. If you resist, you're resisting success. Learn Flexibility, or learn to like living with your failures.
1
0
+
−

John French II

Re: Inside Politics-Daniel, Game Changer

#25 Anu » 2012-06-21 22:39

The above caption written by Mr. Barnes is very thought provoking. If the information is the unvarnish truth, i believe the whole nation would be very concern about the relationship that the UPP and Mr Daniel would have going forward from this point. Mr Daniel who has demonstrated his displeasure on various issues whereby his cabinet colleagues are concerned, the latter being his called for a public enquiry to investigate the purchase of the WADADLI POWER PLANT. We the citizens still expect Mr Daniel to take his government to task and call for a public enquiry into the purchasing of the WADADLI POWER PLANT. We want nothing less. The way you choose to handle this situation, will let the nation know if you are a man for the people or you are just about UPP party and its dirty politics. The ball is in your court Mr Daniel. Your political career depends on it.
2
1
+
−

Anu

RE: Inside Politics-Daniel,Game Changer

#24 SlyThatGuy » 2012-06-21 21:48

When you take a longer look and a longer view into the situation,you'll see that Daniel himself stands to be the big loser at his own game. Remember he is the same guy who came out and accused the Prime Minister of not doing the right thing,something he claimed made it difficult for him to sleeping at nights. If something,in his view,is very wrong,he is suppose to oppose it and stand up for what he thinks is right.So what is he going to do now,pretend that all those things he thought was wrong aren't any more? He might be able to save his job,but he lost his respect:Many will no longer hold him in high regard for remaining a part of something he deemed wrong.
4
1
+
−

SlyThatGuy

Upward & Frward To The Antigua & Barbudan Transformation With Meh Meh & More Meh Meh!

#23 John French II » 2012-06-21 21:36

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! Oh How we love Ugly. Why do we constantly waste energy in Political Party Machinations. They will sort out their internal differences without the electorates assistance. These are distractions of the Highest Order and only serve their purposes to not engage in meaningful discussions and debate on the critical issues facing the Nation.
Revisit comments in Upward & Forward to the Antiguan Transformation: Quote:
with the number of Ministries, Departments and Tasks, enough articles are possible with focus on Strategic Directions rather than this Navel Gazing at Personalities. No Need to wait for Blue or Red Manifestos.
Read more: www.Caribarena.com/antigua/opinions/opinion-pieces/everton-barnes/100237-inside-politics-alp-dysfunction.html#ixzz1yTlBpk8B
Provocative Words:Quote:
Arguably, the French market has already left for the Indian Ocean and most of the Germans for South East Asia. And some people still think, “These islands market themselves!”
www.caribbeannewsnow.com/topstory-Commentary%3A-Caribbean-governments-killing-the-hotel-sector-%27golden-goose%27-11438.html
3
0
+
−

John French II

what can i say

#22 rupert j. » 2012-06-21 19:04

Hmmmm this is quite interesting. nough said
2
1
+
−

rupert j.

RE: Inside Politics – Daniel, Game Changer

#21 Concern Antiguan » 2012-06-21 18:27

According to the writer, he stated that Mr.Daniel told Jacqui Quinn Leandro she felt that she had more balls than a man. What exactly does the writer meant by this statement? I am wondering if there is a subliminal message in that statement. On the other hand Mr.Daniel should be careful that his statement is not viewed as bias towards certain section of the population. As a leader of our country, he should not be making such derogatory remarks that appears to be laced with sarcasm towards the female gender. Personally, i think he owe Ms. Leandro an apology. On the other hand, if Ms. Leandro has certain persuation she should be defending herself against such statement.
6
4
+
−

Concern Antiguan

...the soil is ripe/ready...

#20 Jumbee Picknee » 2012-06-21 16:28

The soil, (the political arena) is ripe and ready for the introduction of a MOVEMENT that will have and serve the citizens of our Nation irregardless of their political persuation best interests at heart, in mind and from the soul. This movement must not comprise of regurgitated individuals who have an ax to grind, personal objectives and vendettas. These individuals MUST be willing to say to the people, as an example, WE WILL NOT BE PAID A SALARY FOR OUR FIRST TERM. The stipends afforded to us, light, water, etc. we will ustilize. We will even walk or ride a bicycle to Parliament at times. There are many well educated entrepreneurs who are young but they need the proper environment to thrive in. WE MUST PROVIDE THIS FOR THEM. The time is now, the soil is ripe and ready with all this meandering and bickering in both political parties. To be honest, I compare their houses, to a fowl house when the hens have just layed and they all start cackling...
9
0
+
−

Jumbee Picknee

No Trust!!

#19 I Onanu » 2012-06-21 15:43

How can we trust any politician that publicly claims to know of willful wrongdoing but does nothing to expose the corruptions or crimes for the betterment of the people? At some point, that person goes from the role of witness/victim to that of accomplice.

We can cast our minds back to Lester's proclamation that he knew all the drug lords in Antigua. Now, Daniel says that he knows of attempted bribery (first hand!). And that does not even take into account all the public threats issued by our other politicians. How many times have we heard the old: "Leave me alone, or I will tell all the dirty secrets."

Hiding wrongdoing is WRONG. Boasting to everyone that you know of wrongdoing but will not do the right thing is WORSE!. It is difficult to pick the best of a bad lot when all seem so bad!
2
2
+
−

I Onanu

@young analyst

#18 Dig It » 2012-06-21 12:49

Young analyst, it is up to the "electrorates" to deny the PM from seeking "power" by any means necessary! At the end of day, the "political interferences" at the ABEC, the changes of the Peoples Representation Act, the "gross-mismanagement " of the economy, the "broken" of laws in not getting Parliament Approval to any further "debts\loans," are among some of the deadly "deeds" that will follow the Chief Servant in 2014! He has a "baggage" with him! Yet, he knows that there is a "sleeping" and "divisive" Opposition that is yet to get their house in order, so, he is laying low, watching all "unfold!" As you seen, the PM is on a "hitaus" to push serious "national issues" that the country! Perpahs, his "stalwart" chief supporter in the US could ask the PM to come out of the hiding and speak out on our issues?
6
1
+
−

Dig It

Fall from grace

#17 Tobi » 2012-06-21 12:45

Daniel fell from grace when he early on publicly stated that he intended to build a bridge from Antigua to Barbuda; then he ricocheted in another disastrous direction and "built" sidewalks in St. John's in a shockingly wasteful spending spree of public funds. The man is not mentally stable. Allowing him back in the Party to run again is only delaying the inevitable. When he next melts down, he will take others and country in collateral damage.
5
4
+
−

Tobi

THE PITBULL

#16 OO7 » 2012-06-21 12:06

DANIEL WAS KNOWN AS THE PITBULL FOR GOOD REASON. THIS IS A DOG FIGHT, WHAT BETTER DOG TO BE THAN A PITBULL
8
0
+
−

OO7

Power at all cost

#15 young analyst » 2012-06-21 10:27

In light of these recent development we as a nation must realise that our non-proforming PM is so desperate to retain power. He alledged found time to host a 3 hour meeting with minister daniel and a lot other national matters we cant hear his voice on. His aim is just to retain power at all cost!
10
0
+
−

young analyst

Daniel...a game changer if he reconcile!

#14 Dig It » 2012-06-21 09:46

Everton, a very interesting article! I never heard a politician having a "mediator" present with him in negotiations! It goes to show how much MP Daniel "resented" the PM for only "betraying" him but "disrespecting" him to the "lowest- denominator!" Yet, Daniel has shown that he could still live with the "devil" and play his cards right! Despite what some would say, the PM needs Daniel on his ticket in 2014! I don't see it as a "trump-card" but more as a "game-charger" for the UPP, as they are walking on a "thin-line" with the "mismanagement" of the economy and the handling of "corruption" matters with the Fencing scandal and WPP! Everton, the PM trying to "broker" this deal with Daniel to show the "electrorates" that his party is "united" behind his "leadership!" If the Loyal Opposition don't take note and see this as a "reconcilable" act by the PM to get themselves together, they will know what "bricks" hit them! As the saying goes, "while we are sleeping, other parts of the world are awake."
10
1
+
−

Dig It

Money over Friend

#13 Dr. Dredd » 2012-06-21 09:41

Daniel was the man behind the throne. He had Baldwin's back. He had no aspirations to be PM but just wanted to be a goof number 2. But this did not sit well with the likes of D and E, the money interests with a thirst for power. They opend the doors to wealth and a lavish life style that Baldwin had only dreamed about. D flies BS to the US and takes him by the hand to Mayo Clinic, the same place that VC and Lester went to for their check-ups. BS was hooked and poor Wilmouth got a kick up the derriere. Wilmouth should clearly tell BS: "It is either them or me?"
7
0
+
−

Dr. Dredd

Not Changing any game

#12 Fair » 2012-06-21 09:37

This article is all in favour of the persons who pays Everton monthly. He is singing for his supper. Continue singing. Everybody knows that Daniel is in the H...x..xs corner and will support all negativity regarding the power plant. The issue of Daniel and the UPP started at his removal from Public Works & Utillities. He has the smallest constituency and the people are UPP dedicated, thats what saves him. Daniel needs to go, the fact that he has made strange bedfellows with members of the opposition raises trust issues.
5
10
+
−

Fair

RE: Inside Politics – Daniel, Game Changer

#11 Smoke n Mirrors » 2012-06-21 09:24

Baldwin Spencer has finally woken up and smelled the bush tea. Did you seriously think that ousting Daniel was a brilliant idea? Daniel you have him right where you want him - shaking in his boots. And Mr. Daniel, I like that comment you made to Jacqui Quinn-Leandro

Quote:
There Daniel confronted his accusers led by the hawkish Jacqui Quinn Leandro. She was immediately shot down when he told her that she felt she had more ‘balls’ than a man.
I bet her reaction was priceless :D
12
0
+
−

Smoke n Mirrors

RE: Inside Politics – Daniel, Game Changer

#10 ANTIGUAN WOMAN » 2012-06-21 09:20

The PM does,nt have much of a choice either,its not like he has an overwhelming lead like in 2004,they barely scraped through(or xxxxe through) he needs all nine,he therefore will have to contend with and adhere to the demands of any of his parliamentary Reps,no matter how bitter that pill may be.He is just a loser.
10
0
+
−

ANTIGUAN WOMAN

RE: Inside Politics – Daniel, Game Changer

#9 ragtag reptile » 2012-06-21 09:10

Jacqui Quinn and serpant shudda shame. Dem just too dunce. Me carn believe Daniel outsmart dem.
18
0
+
−

ragtag reptile

THE UPP MUST GO!

#8 ANTIGUAN WOMAN » 2012-06-21 08:52

After all that transpired between Daniel& the PM,with Daniel showing clear dissapointment in his Govt,going back as a united group will never sit well with the educated electorate,he will haveto tell the public,if all his accusations and disapprovals has now been approved,or his accusations were all false.Where will that leave him,in terms of Credibility? It really do not matter whether he makes peace or not,the fact is the hand writing is on the wall,and he been a part of the UPP will not change that.
14
0
+
−

ANTIGUAN WOMAN

@ Serpent

#7 David Shaolin » 2012-06-21 08:27

Take dat in your nen nen! You too greedy...you're just a Rose of a different hue!

Ha...Ha...Ha...
7
2
+
−

David Shaolin

@ Dr. Lake

#6 Slapping Hand » 2012-06-21 08:24

Dear Dr.,

I wonder what you would tell Daniel to agree to? Are you compromised? How can Daniel accuse the PM of harbouring corruption, and all of a sudden do a 180 degree turn? It seems to me (no doctor here) that the meeting could only have been about what it would take for Brother Daniel to move back into the fold of the UPP with either:
a) a comprehensive investigation into the allegations of corruption
or
b) a compensatory package that would let Brother Daniel forget about his allegations of corruption

So the good Doc has his work cut out for him! I wonder if the side-walk scandals will not be part of making Brother Daniel and Dr. Lake agree to a compromise? Then again they say there is no honour amongst politicians!
4
1
+
−

Slapping Hand

@ Daniel

#5 David Shaolin » 2012-06-21 08:15

Yes Brother Daniel...eat your vomit and enjoy it! Baldwin a' de BEST!
4
4
+
−

David Shaolin

Nice try Comrade Barnes

#4 Cool Ruler » 2012-06-21 07:57

Comrade Barnes your opinion piece would certainly make a rag sheet like the National Enquirer inn the US proud. This piece is riddled with nothing but pure gossip, lies, innuendos and half truth. Do you expect us to believe that your so called “fly on- the wall” was able to provide you with the nonsense you wrote hear but the same “fly on-the wall” was not able to tell you what the supposed demands were, Just give me a break.

The only game changer being attempted hear, is you attempting to change the narrative of the pass few days with the continued jockeying for leadership in your party and the constant verbal jabs and smack downs which played out hear on this site for the past few days. I must say I enjoyed the particularly yesterday the comrades hitting each other with everything but the kitchen sink. I guess they will save this as their convention draws near.
7
12
+
−

Cool Ruler

RE: Inside Politics – Daniel, Game Changer

#3 Hmmmm » 2012-06-21 06:12

Interesting....... waiting to hear more about this. No disrespect Everton Barnes but I have lost some faith in the credability of Caribarena's reports so waiting to hear more. However if this is true it is certainly an intersting turn of events and I am waiting to hear what Daniels demands are.
3
9
+
−

Hmmmm

RE: Inside Politics – Daniel, Game Changer

#2 REPTILE KILLER » 2012-06-21 03:24

Tell serpent, TEK DAT!! Keep campaigning (or working) to get Wilmoth kicked out of the U.P.P. It is obvious he knows things that your "friends" are not telling you. Such a stupid reptile. :lol:
16
4
+
−

REPTILE KILLER

RE: Inside Politics – Daniel, Game Changer

#1 STEVE » 2012-06-21 03:19

I have told my friends over and over again, Daniel is a master politician. He has endured years of attacks by a reptile when he knows full well that this reptile is being used by his (Daniel) colleagues against him (Daniel). Daniel must know that at the very next opportune time the political knife will be driven deep into his back again BUT he (Daniel) must also know that at the very next opportune time he (Daniel) will do what he has to do to ensure his survival. Daniel knows that his political career is done in the next 2 years time (maximum). How will he orchestrate things so that he could live in Antigua after that because many of his colleagues will have to run from this country because without a doubt they will be "hounded" (Baldwin words) and sent to jail. Good move Daniel. Think of yourself first, second and last for "your friends" will continue to seek out the opportunity "to deal" (Baldwin words again) with you. Just ask Jerry Watt......
15
2
+
−

STEVE

Add comment

Everton Barnes


 

 

 

Follow us on Facebook