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Bawl Murder

What’s next ?“Bawl murder,” Antigua Labour Party (ALP) Senator Lennox Weston commanded a small group of party supporters at a public meeting at Mack Pond, All Saints last Thursday. “Murda, murda,” the choir shouted in response.

The senator was the designated "hit man" at the meeting organised by the ALP to pressure the government of Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer over the new Wadadli Power Plant at Crabbs.

Recent developments suggested that the US$52 M power plant was not new, and the opposition ALP is asking Spencer for disclosure of the contracts.

The small crowd was shown pictures of the plant, which looked more like a 20-year old machine rather than a new, expensive one.


But what should have been an extremely serious and well-organised exercise for an opposition in waiting turned out to be nothing more than a night of cussing the prime minister and the UPP.

Look! I'm not trying to be too critical; I know what the political processes are in Antigua & Barbuda, mostly empty rhetoric void of substance. It’s time for change.

Sadly, the wave of transparency and accountability which the UPP spoke of when they were ushered into office in 2004 is still on its way. Most conscientious observers would agree that the UPP is the rejected ALP in blue.

That’s not what the citizens of this nation voted for when they sent the ALP home, twice. With two years to go to the next election, there is a tough decision to be made. Who will the electorate put in charge of the nation’s affairs?

The UPP, as admitted by the prime minister, is losing favour with the people after eight years in office. As a matter of fact, one could argue that the UPP lost a tremendous amount of steam after its initial term.

That was evident when in 2009, the ALP was able to recapture three of the seats it lost in 2004. Further, this country was a judge’s decision away from being thrown into a tailspin. So, the ALP was rejected, twice, and the UPP is losing popularity.

What’s next?

The ALP is confident they are "ready to run this place again" but are they? The opposition is stuck in the past, and if they are going to run this place again, then they need to step up to the plate and show they are willing to change.

What I saw on Thursday was clear, ALP "not ready yet".

This party, armed with very credible evidence about the Wadali Power Plant, could only produce meetings for cussing. Those days are over.

We need creative thinks and leaders who are willing to demonstrate that they can manage their own affairs before they ask to manage the nation’s business.
The people deserve at least that.

Calling the prime minister names will never make things better for this country.

The ALP is disjointed, and if the people decided to hand the reins of government over to the ALP in two years, then Antigua & Barbuda will be no better off than it is now. I’m surely not making a case for the UPP.


I think that the government has demonstrated its unwillingness to govern within the framework of transparency and accountability. The UPP will have to face the electorate on its own record.

However, the ALP is a SOP - Same Old Party. Standing at Mack Pond, it was quite evident that the ALP has done nothing to convince me that it will be better than it was when it was rejected in 2004.

If Thursday’s gathering is any indication of what the ALP is prepared to do, and given the poor performance of the UPP, this country is doomed politically.

I believe that any serious opposition, armed with the results and pictures from the Wadadli Power Plant. would be able to pressure the government into answering the necessary questions.

That the UPP can ignore the ALP on this matter suggests that the opposition does not have a proper plan. After spending a couple of hours in All Saints, I’m totally convinced that the ALP is disjointed and not ready to "run even a sweetie shop".

This country needs proper and decisive leadership, and strangely enough, this power plant matter has unveiled the weaknesses in leadership in both parties.


If the prime minister was a good leader, he would be the first to resent the Wadadli Power Plant and call for the "head" of anyone who would have placed us in this position.

Prime Minister Spencer, not only did he not call for heads, he appears to be in support of what appears to be a bad deal for Antigua & Barbuda. That is frightening.

What is equally terrifying is the perception that the ALP may be gaining favour with many who rejected them in '04.

So to Weston’s command, I too will say "Murda," but not because he asked me to, but because that’s all I can say when I think of an Antigua & Barbuda led by Lester Bird and the ALP.

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trevor j

#18 HC » 2012-03-21 21:17

Which mad house you just release from,or a adele school you me go? You hafu be freaking mad.
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RE: Bawl Murder

#17 ANTIGUAN WOMAN » 2012-03-21 21:10

The Alp has had large marches in the past on various issues,some felt it necessary to stand on the side walks with their arms folded in their various uniforms thinking they have arrived so there is no need for them to protest,it is not oposition parties that remove a Govt,as was soo rightly stated the ALP was rejected by the same persons who is now been affected by all that is going on,in all fairness what can they do without the m**.Our situation in my view has passed politics,it is now time for PEOPLE- TO -FIGHT- FOR -THEMSELVES,not wait on the same persons whom they rejected at the polls to take the brunt for them while they do nothing,only in Antigua that persons wait on politicians to decide their fate,it is the other way around instead.We were certainly better off before,so ready or not,it is only a lunatic that would even entertain the thought of leaving the UPP in Govt for another five yrs,Lester Bird leading A,gua again is frightening to the writer,for me it is the thought of another 2yrs under BS that frightens me,i am pretty sure this sentiment is shared by thousands,and with justifiable reasons,not with personal agendas and axe to grind.
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@ Lester Baldwin & Tenman, Skillful Propagandists Prowl The Land

#16 John French II » 2012-03-21 19:12

Notes From A native Son Of The Rock. Ethical Badmindeness runs rampant throughout the land. Scribes who have taken to the Pulpit must be willing to overturn the money tables and throw the money changers out. That some Scribes will not do so but defend the inequities of the Pharisees through guile using modern "medium as the massage" will not change the discourse or the cognitive dissonance in the various echo chambers which are used to diliberately confuse a bewildered electorate, broken and baffled from living in the IMF's NEST and mendicants of the Economic Dimensions of Chinese Geopolitics. As stated previously: No Originality. They berate, yet provide no alternatives or recommended course of action. Quote:
It is not simply the economic exploitation and political domination of the people. It is also the separation of peoples from their individuality and culture:
it is a systematic negation of the other person and a furious determination to deny the other person all attributes of humanity.
By their written words, you are able to examine their intent and clearly recognize their affiliations. The People demand Full Disclosure. Go Well! Respect!
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John French II

thank you sir

#15 rupert j. » 2012-03-21 17:26

Thank you Mr. Magic this article is as clear as a bright sunny day, this is so clear that it begs for an alternative it begs for every thing new but who will answer the call and step to the plate, only those with clean hands and pure hearts.
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rupert j.

All over the place

#14 Lester Baldwin » 2012-03-21 14:26

This writer reminds me of Serpent on Observer ... they are stuck on blaming ALP / Opposition ... Why don't they go work for Obama ... What did he expect from a political rally in the Caribbean ... for them to bring in economists and present the plan to the people right there at Mack Pond? He obviously doesn't understand politics ... they don't need to tell Caribarena viewers about the power plant ... it's the people at that same rally they have to get the info to.

I am not defending ALP on this ... I think they are lacking a V.C Bird type attack to this situation ... too much chilling going on ... maybe they are just waiting for UPP to explode ... but they should of had MASSIVE demostrations already ... Baldwin Spencer would of already marched his supporters up to the Wadadli Plant/Shoul office/PM's office/APUA headquarters/Chinese Embassy ... all over!!!

also the ALP needs to get rid of all the selfish individuals reaking havoc on their party ... that same All Saints West is going to explode just now because everybody wants to be minister now that ALP little popular!!! It's time they call a convention and get their ship and candidates in order.
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RE: Bawl Murder

#13 Pied Piper » 2012-03-21 13:54

WOW!! someone realized that Antiguans need to stop think that they live 40 years ago.

Wake-up! Its the 21st Century, there are less stand pipes on the streets of Antigua, more cars parked at a dwelling place, the Televisions in the living rooms are moving from CRT to at least 36" Flat screens, there is an individual from mixed cultures holding the highest office in the US and yeah the fad now is having some smart device on your hips that you can carry news faster than you think around the world, world governments have stopped taxing their citizens to help other countries government and people.

Wake-up UPP and UPP people find new ways of getting into office instead of this weedie-weedie bush and pickie hair pickney story and bring something better to the table. If you can't, just get out the way and let somebody else who can, do it!!
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Agree

#12 Monique » 2012-03-21 13:32

@David you are right 100%
@Allsaints I am from all saint to red to my core and I dont want to see (Clownbert) again. ALP needs to get real, coming with the same clowns with no message again is not going to win my vote. Time to try something new, cussing cant get my vote. Are there no (women of labor) ready to take up the fight ?
Is there no fresh blood in the alp ?

Good article Magic, tell them stop cussing tell me what you will do for me or I will refuse to vote. Tell Frederick instead of wasting time criticizing you he should go find work because we all saints people will not vote for him.

I wont do what baldwin say and go for the lesser of two evils. Send all saints people somebody with a good message and I will vote or else I am on vacation come 2014.
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Every Party has an attack dog

#11 Judge Dredd » 2012-03-21 13:21

No one in their right mind can take Lennox Weston seriously. Anyone who can sit in a studio, ALONE, and curse, shout and scream for 3 hours daily, cannot be sane.
The ALP uses him to appeal to a certain section of the society. Those who love ugly and have no brain and sadly that's about 90% of the population.
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RE: Bawl Murder

#10 David » 2012-03-21 12:45

WOW! Alp and their same old pappy show. They will perhaps get it after their third term in opposition. They were in my village recently and I was surprised that other than a few supporters no body following them.
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expecting too much from political parties

#9 tenman » 2012-03-21 12:03

Magic, as my way of helping basically stated,its our culture. Its time to admit that you get the government you deserve. The future of this country is determined by not the ALP or the UPP, but by our action or inaction. Its time people understand that they need to make their voices heard and not only on election day. If you leave your business unguarded, don't be surprised when you are robbed. Having mock security also does not help. Why aren't more people demanding that this government account for moneys it has collected?

The ALP needs to be more strategic because as John French II has pointed out, their actions are more about fictional drama. What happened with the petition regarding the fencing scandal? Why has no court action been taken to force the government to answer questions? If they are having financing problems why not ask the public to contribute as they have done for their radio programs on zdk? Our inaction or non strategic actions tells the government either we are pleased with their actions or we simply don't care.

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Impossible

#8 All Saints » 2012-03-21 11:25

Impossible my eye have to be deceiving me, is this Clownbert Frederick the wannabe minister we never see ?

Clownbert dont come back to all saints tell you party sen somebody else you nuh ready for politics yet. Tell dem send majic he will do better than you. Clownbert you smell something ... why you present please all of a sudden ?

Arwe nuh want you out ya if ah you dem send upp can count fu me vote and plenty other people in all saints. Lef Magic lone at least he can say something that mek sense not like you Clownbert.
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MAGICIAN SINGING THE JIVES

#7 SOCIAL SCIENTIST » 2012-03-21 11:22

Since coming to Caribarena, there is a vast difference between Collin Sampson and Magic. Sampson delivered his utterances with balanced facts, rationality and objectivity. Magic, the apparent pied piper, sings selected tunes choreographically.

Clearly, since his free ride to the USA, returned because there was not enough money to pay embassy staff, he began his jives hoping to land another free ride or job with a government he had obviously found wanting of transparency and accountability.

If singing would do it for you, sing Magic, sing, sing, sing, sing, sing, you might just get supper.
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De Real Observer

#6 Osbert R. Frederick » 2012-03-21 10:37

What else do you expect from Mr. Hughes? He is just a choir member, collectin thousands from this government for some job in the US from which the country gets no benefit. Guess he used his 'majic' on the PM. Let him lose his job and you wil hear a different tune.
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Astute Observation

#5 Trevor J » 2012-03-21 10:28

Magic well done.
I have been listening to the parties for a while and you are right there is no plan in the labour party in fact the melford move tells you the plan get in and grab. I for one would take the chance the with the upp actually getting it right on their third term than to let alp try to make up the losses they think they have had by virtue of the upp. The alp cannot be trusted and should not be trusted. Antigua will be set back another 10 years with a labour party government with a mixed set of grabbing hands experts like the rolls royce man and new face ready to learn how to grab.
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Trevor J

Interesting Article!

#4 Chinee » 2012-03-21 09:03

Great Attempt Magic! Just an observation though...like the ALP politicians, you highlight problems with both Parties, but do not offer any rational recommendations.

May i suggest now that you posit another article about your recommendations for both Parties?
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RE: Bawl Murder

#3 DadliMan » 2012-03-21 08:11

Clearly, Magic cannot be objective. I would be the first to agree that A&B lead by Lester Bird is less that a desirable position. However, in in most democracies, there are two major parties, and the electorate will go back and forth between both parties.

In the USA, when the electorate tire of the Democrats, they vote for the Republicans and vise versa. If there is no single catastrophe that births a political movement, human nature dictates that we will vote for the existing party with the best chance of winning.

The ALP has been a horrible opposition party. Terrible! They are as bad in opposition as the UPP are in government. Opposition parties the world over would kill to be in the position that the ALP finds itself. That said, the ALP is our best opportunity to remove this millstone (UPP) from around our neck. Our only option is to get the rid of the UPP, and when the ALP again becomes too much to bear, we will get the rid of them again. Simple.
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I love your piece, i really do Ian

#2 my way of helping » 2012-03-21 07:54

I love this article, but i must say they are giving the people what they want, cussing people and fighting is what attract Antiguans to you. If you are the one who can cuss, can talk badly about people, you will have the most friends. Ian, have you forgotten?

However, a small, amount of us want intelligence to be conveyed, a respectful debate and presentation of facts but again, only a small amount of us.

Ian, look at the police report i posted, it is the solution to our criminal problem but because it included too much love, respect, help your neighbour and co-operate with police and police being supportive to the civilian they did not care to read but the few who read, cuss me out.

So, darwin say to adopt to your surrounding, cuss with them and they will love you. I won't do that and I will continue doing what is right. No money in the world or no woman in the world will make me change to more evil than what i may already be.
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Whats Next

#1 Antigua Bill » 2012-03-21 07:50

Antiguan’s have not received answers of past impropriety committed the PM what makes the ALP thinks that they will get answers about the Wadadli Power Plant. It seems that the ALP does not have a plan for the future of Antigua. ALP please tell me what are going to do for me if I give you my vote in 2014? Stop criticizing and answer the question.
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