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Wrong Made Right

Wrong Made RightAntigua St John's - In coming into office in 2004 on its wave of transparency and accountability, the United Progressive Party vowed that it would "make wrong right".

And true to its word, the UPP has done just that.

Politicians keeping election promises are extremely rare, but for the UPP they were on point.

The problem is, though, most did not understand, or as the Rastas would say, "overstand" the real meaning of "making wrong right".



The UPP never promised to do the right thing they claimed to, once again "make wrong right".

After eight years in office, it’s now clear what the UPP meant.

Those things that the ALP did that the people knew to be wrong, the UPP, under the leadership of Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer, would demonstrate that these "things" were in fact right.

Take for instance the recent development where Chairman of the Antigua Power Utility Authority (APUA) Clarvis Joseph declared that he would disconnect all services if customers were delinquent in one of the many APUA services.

Okay, Joseph backtracked. He meant commercial delinquents, not residential customers who usually pay.

The prime minister jumped into the fray, and said it was an ALP policy. Yet from my 50 years on this planet, I cannot remember this ever being an issue.

But here is where the wrong is now right.

The UPP came into office in 2004 and met, according to Joseph, the attitudes of "people with a culture of not paying" for utilities. And for eight years, they (APUA) and by extension the government, embraced this.

In a "war of words" on Observer Radio on Sunday’s Big Issues with former finance minister Robin Yearwood, Joseph disclosed some more ALP wrongs.

The UPP came into office and met a number of people (friends of the ALP) who were given APUA subsidies.

Rather than stop this process, the practices continues today via the subsidies for politicians, millions of dollars of taxpayers’ monies down the drain, embraced by the UPP at the same time they ask people to "band their bellies" during an economic crisis.



Joseph revealed that as an opposition member of Parliament, Yearwood receives EC$6,000 per month in subsidies.

Yearwood contended that he receives EC$3,000 per month.

It stands to reason that ministers of government and members of Parliament of the ruling party receive at least the same or more than opposition members.

In using Joseph’s figures, a quick calculation reveals EC$9.792 M in utility subsidies for the eight years that the UPP has been in office.

And the UPP has no problem with this; another wrong is now right.

The expropriation of the Half Moon Bay property by the ALP was wrong until the UPP fought vigorously all the way to the Privy Council to make it right.

Under the ALP, the people were supposed to sharpen their cutlasses when confronted by the taxman, but the UPP imposed higher taxes and is seeking ways to impose more.

According to the UPP Projects should go to tender when ALP was in power now when ministers deliberately restrict contracts so as to ignore the tendering process, it’s all good and well with the UPP.

Of the monies spent to construct public fences, the government of the UPP declared that despite the fact that million-dollar contracts were broken into many $19-thousand contracts, they are corruption free.

Amazing!

When the ALP signed a contract with Dato Tan with no performance clause but a clause to solve and disagreement in a foreign country, the UPP were ‘up in arms.’

I’m still waiting for the performance clause for the contract to build the Wadali Power Plant, which from all reports is leaking oil left, right and centre after just three months in use.

 The idea is that we as a people need to hold our elected officials accountable for not just their action but their words.

We will not improve as a society if we, the people continue to show this partisan and blind support in light of overwhelming evidence.



Elected officials from the ALP, as well as the UPP get a free pass when we the people fight on their behalf.

When we uphold the principles of wrong, there is no way we will ever be able to do the right thing.

Wrong can never be right, no matter what we may do or say to mask the reality.

If we were to be true to self we would all agree that the ALP and the UPP have failed miserably to do what’s right for Antigua & Barbuda and we must ensure that the next government embraces truth.

Now would be a great start, don’t you think?

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RE: Wrong Made Right

#13 HC » 2012-03-27 21:24

THE UPP MUST GO AT ANY COST,EVEN MY ROTWILLER IS BETTER THAN THEM RIGHT NOW.
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Lost generation

#12 Generation X » 2012-03-27 20:02

It seems that the "baby boomers" generation is missing in action in Antigua & Barbuda. Or they are just afraid to challenge the "old" leadership in their party for fear of victimization. Maybe we might have to skip this generation and look at the next generation (dancehall/hip hop generation) ... ok well i guess that generation will have to be skipped as well so what do we have left?

Antigua needs fresh minds who are I-Pad carying, blackberry messaging International businessmen and woman who are ready to step up to the plate and be creative for Antigua & Barbuda. Not old men who spend all their time in office traveling, eating, & planning the demise of their "nemesis" . It's time Lester & Baldwin ride off into the sunset or get chased off into the sunset by their parties!!!
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DadliMan

#11 tenman » 2012-03-27 16:57

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“When good people in any country cease their vigilance and struggle, then evil men prevail.” Pearl S. Buck
DadliMan I too recall the time wasted laboring with the current government before 2004. Truly wish, in vain, that I could get that wasted time back. Time has shown that at least for the UPP leadership it was all about jealousy of the ALP. Just like we held the ALP foot to the fire in 2004, its time to hold the UPP foot to the fire. DadliMan, perhaps like you, I too see the UPP as worst than the ALP from 1994 - 2004 . Its also time for ways to be found to communicate to the populace that democracy is not only practiced on election day.We need to be always be vigilant.

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RE: Wrong Made Right

#10 SlyThatGuy » 2012-03-27 15:49

The solution cannot be to just remove Baldwin Spencer and replace him with Lester Bird; We're only going to get from Lester more of the same old thing we got before we removed him from office. We must,therefore,consi der changing our political system that allows a candidate for prime minister to serve more than two terms if we want to see progress towards improvement.
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@ Ms. Warner Be

#9 Proud ANU Queen » 2012-03-27 13:54

Ms. Warner Be,

Please, please tell me that you are being sarcastic! Regardless of party affiliation, when things are going down hill for the citizens of A & B, it is time to be truthful and let the sitting government know how we feel. "It is our time now?" Our time for what? To cause our citizens more pain, suffering and untold poverty? What ever happened to "People/Country First?"
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RE: Wrong Made Right

#8 DadliMan » 2012-03-27 13:51

Well said, Magic. I am one of those very disappointed folks who believed the pre-2004 hype, and campaigned like hell to get the UPP elected. I now look at all the time expended in that activity as time wasted. Everything that I fought against with the ALP, I see it alive and kicking with the UPP. To make bad matters worse, the people who preached about wrong for 28 long years now use the actions of the ALP as justification for their actions today.

I never thought I could say this, but I am convinced that they are worse than the ALP. It has taken them less than 8 years to commit the brazen acts it took the ALP 28 long years to commit. And in many instances, they have exceeded the depths reached by the ALP.

I don't think Lester Bird is as anxious as I am to see the back of this administration.
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Magic & SteadyJ

#7 tenman » 2012-03-27 11:56

Magic, wow keep it up, knock them all down. Many wanted change in 2004, not the poppy show we currently have.

Steadyj, I suspect the poster Ms Warner Be is simply being sarcastic. She /He is correct, its all about selfishness. Time we stop being fooled by thieves wearing the proverbial flag

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Wrongs are even more right!

#6 Dig It » 2012-03-27 10:45

Amazing how many of us continued to wait for the GOAB to "make the wrongs, right?" That was ALL a "fantasy" in making folks believe that they were the "cape-crusaders" of the land in seeking "Truth, Justice and Restore Oder!" It is like the PLM telling me he could make "blood out of stone" or turn Country Pond in a "pot of gold." Many of us have seen the opposite side of that "slogan" but continue to be "blinded" by our "politricks!" What the ruling government has done is making the "wrongs" even more "right!"
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Deeply disturbing

#5 Colin » 2012-03-27 10:15

It is saddening to note that those bloggers who attempt to "spin" in defence of today's ruling party display the same disturbing lack of integrity as did those persons who attempted to "defend the indefensible" during the pre-2004 period.
My poor, abused Antigua & Barbuda is going exactly nowhere ... and FAST!
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@Ms Warner Be

#4 Steadyj » 2012-03-27 09:51

Our time now to do what? Get all the freebs before the UPP leave office? Very sick indeed. The UPP was swept into office with a strong mandate from the electorate in 2004, and could really change the country for the better. Instead we are getting more of the same. The fleecing to tax payers with free utilities for members of parliament continues, and purchasing government land at pepper corn prices continues as well. Those are two things that BS should have changed within his first 30 day as PM. That would have sent clear message to all the MP on both sides of the isle that there was a new sheriff in town.
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UPP

#3 Ms Warner Be » 2012-03-27 07:22

I voted for the UPP and whatever they do, it is their time now! Magic you clearly missed that slogan of the UPP? I remember it being on a billboard on Fort Road before the Elections in 2009. So don't get all flustered...it's still "our time now"!

What says you?
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Well said Magic

#2 STEVE » 2012-03-27 06:36

Well said. I could not have said it better myself so I won't try.
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RE: Wrong Made Right

#1 Morris » 2012-03-27 06:33

Magic, you are firing on all cylinders today. Power can be a very dangerous drug when one abuses it and becomes addicted to it. That is exactly what is manifesting itself in ANU. Politicians have taken the silence of the m** as consent to engage in reckless behaviors without giving account oftheir actions. They seem to forget that their first order of business is to the people, and now they act as if it should be the other way around.
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