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With Eyes Pressed Shut

With Eyes Pressed ShutThere is a saying, "Close your eyes and see," attributed to MP for St Peter’s Asot Michael during a campaign speech years ago.

That statement made Michael a target for public ridicule, since he perhaps should have used "imagine," rather than "see".

Interestingly, since the national debate has been centered on the Chinese Power Plant, there are many, including some in the media, with eyes wide open, yet unable to see.

Typically, supporters of the ALP would insist that the party and its members never did an "ounce" of wrong while in office.



At the same time, they would condemn the United Progressive Party (UPP) and its members no matter what.

While I do not respect that stance, I certainly understand.

I do not, in no way however, agree with or respect such a stance by members of the media, and sadly, this has crept into the institution, which is the watchdog of democracy.

Once again, I call on members of the Observer Group, mainly hosts Winston Derrick of the “Voice Of the People" and Algernon “Serpent” Watts of the “Snake Pit.”

I have to clear that while I do not agree with some of the things these two individuals say, I totally defend their "rights to free speech".

With those rights, however, come the responsibilities of always speaking the truth.

In addition, those with an open mic should never allow themselves to be used as "mercenaries" to personally attack members of the public or elected members.

We, as members of the media, have the right to criticize policies set by elected officials and to call them out whenever they step out of line.

On a personal level, one has to be careful that whatever is said about individuals is true and should be supported by relevant information.

Now let’s revisit the Chinese Power Plant issue.

According to Serpent, the matter was laid to rest by the government after the press conference that had the prime minister spewing "blood".

Serpent questioned Minister of Health Wilmoth Daniel’s motive during his “Snake Pit” Show on Saturday, and demanded that the PM do one of two things.

Either the PM acceded to Daniel’s call for an inquiry or put the MP in his place, whatever that meant.



I agree that the prime minister should act, but it was Serpent’s assertion that the matter was already laid to rest that caught my ears.

This matter has been in the media since 2009 when it was first announced.

Prior to the infamous press conference and the subsequent letter by Daniel, this matter was hot in the public domain.

As a matter of fact, MP for St Mary’s North Molwyn Joseph has led his ALP party on weekly meetings with the Chinese Power Plant as the main topic.

Derrick also asserts that he is in a "wait and see" situation as it pertains to the Chinese Power Plant.

It’s clear that it’s the Observer Group that has put this matter to rest, and not the people of Antigua & Barbuda.

The question is, why?


Only the Observer Group can answer that question, but the question to the prime minister, and Chinese Ambassador David Shoul, is this:

Are the pictures posted on Caribarena.COM of the Chinese Power Plant authentic, or doctored fabrications of the truth?

Caribarena .COM has no personal issue with the prime minister or Shoul, but like many people in this country, the Chinese Power Plant is nothing short of an insult to the people of Antigua & Barbuda.

As members of the media, both the Observer Group and Caribarena.COM should be on the same page, and that is to get to the truth of this matter.

It’s disheartening to hear Derrick echo the sentiments that they are not too concerned whether the Chinese Power Plant is old or new, but whether we got value for money.

Does that even make sense?

I contend, and the pictures affirm, that the plant is not new, as advertised.



Therefore, we could not have gotten value for money.

Why aren't Derrick and Serpent pushing, like they have done on other issues, for clarification and an investigation into the matter?

Some even suggested that they need facts before they ask for an investigation. Really?

I thought that the way it works is to demand an investigation to get at the facts.

One has to be careful that their hatred for the ALP is not blinding their vision of what is wrong with the present administration.

It’s time that we all open our eyes and see that this matter of the Chinese Power Plant is worth investigating, and let the chips fall where they may.

The media can support truth and reject wrong, no matter who’s right or wrong.

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Godfather

#28 ANTIGUAN WOMAN » 2012-04-12 22:18

You are quite foolish. How many investigations have been done into the IHI matter? The Govt for eight yrs has all open to them to find whatever they desire to.You used a quote from Einstein to another blogger,i dont think you know the meaning of that quote,because you,re clearly oblivious and are not aware that you are,so the quote fits you perfectly.FYI,the IHI files were stolen,dont you smell a rat? I do.
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Who you trying to fool??

#27 H.N.I.C. » 2012-04-12 21:33

I don't know who they trying to fool with the with the introduction on this article but Caribarena is clearly not an objective media house. Instead instigators for the ALP, hiding behind the guise of non-bias. I have no problem holding the government responsible for there actions and policies. My problem with Caribarena is that they pretend to be non partisan, but the only matters they push are those that potray to UPP in a bad light. All other news are under-reported or swept away quickly never to be seen again.
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The Godfather

#26 tenman » 2012-04-12 20:56

The Godfather the UPP government had been in power for some 8 years and have had the resources to investigate, IHI. So far they have been unable to link criminally any politician. Do you really think a reporter has the resources available as the government or our justice system? The recent case involving LB vs Baldwin Spencer has shown the lie the suggestion that LB was filing injunctions on the matter. There was also shown no proof of any offshore bank account belonging to LB. The DPP has looked over the matter and stated there is currently nothing there he can use in court. This matter has been more investigated than probably even MBS (has a forensic investigator in Linquist and then the police). You need to stop using it as red herring across the trail in an attempt to prevent us from dealing with possible current corruption. Listening to Lovell being stumped on Winston's show was testament to the saying "where there is smoke there is fire"
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Lovel's back against the wall

#25 From The Sideline » 2012-04-12 20:20

Today Lovel was on Derrick's show and the Generator issue happen to come up thrown with a curve ball. Derrick could not honestly sit down and let his guest get away without a fight. However in the heat of the discussion they played the game well and Derrick's co-host said let us play some ads and come back after the ads. And indeed they came back but dropped the issue and Lovel promised to come more prepaired over two weeks. We will wait and watch what will happen then. Cause Derrick cannot in good faith drop this issue so easy. No matter how much he tries. However I have to give it to Lovel he made sure all the blame is laid square at the feet of the APUA engineers. They approve the engines
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Magic at it again

#24 InteresteD » 2012-04-12 19:58

Magic writes very well......he Also is at Daniels house almost every day.....hmmmmm....is he the author of the infamous letter to the PM? The use of the words like ' solemn' are not part of Daniels vocabulary! Magic are you the voice of Daniel and Ramez?.......are you Magic?
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RE: With Eyes Pressed Shut

#23 DadliMan » 2012-04-12 18:56

Colin & Magic, you seemed to have touched a nerve, and you have made The Godfather very uncomfortable. Keep digging.

I always find it interesting when folks try to justify the the actions of the UPP by pointing to actions of the ALP.
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ALL BUT ONE

#22 OO7 » 2012-04-12 18:47

LOVELL SAID CABINET UNANIMOUSLY REJECTED MINISTER DANIEL CALL FOR AN INQUIERY INTO WPP.UNLESS DANIEL REJECTED HIS OWN CALL IT CANNOT BE A UNANIMOUS DECISION
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Coda

#21 Colin » 2012-04-12 18:28

@ THE GODFATHER, Magic, tenman, Observer overseas et al:

Concern for brevity led me to omit this additional factor: the failure by the A&B body politic to generate any effective alternate source of opinion formation, if not an outright center of political opposition, to the prevailing "Birdite" ethic.
Lester Bird was partly correct in an earlier infamous statement, except that at the turn of the century it was civil society that was moribund - not the business sector.
One decade on civil society seems dead - and the business sector may well be moribund.
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Seriously??

#20 Really? » 2012-04-12 18:10

Lovell said that Cabinet rejected the call for the WPP Inquiry.
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Really?

Colin & Magic

#19 tenman » 2012-04-12 15:50

Colin & Magic keep doing yours jobs which involves always being honest and fearless, showing love for country when you tell even the emperor that he is naked.

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I apologise

#18 THE GODFATHER » 2012-04-12 14:04

If this is my friend Colin...Colin Sampson, the quote was not for you, you are far to brilliant and I apologise for my indiscretion.
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BLIND IGNORANCE

#17 THE GODFATHER » 2012-04-12 13:55

Observer overseas, it is my belief that you are able to read and understand what was written, if you do ,then there shouldnt be any doubt as to my reasoning.
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THE GODFATHER

ONLY THAT

#16 THE GODFATHER » 2012-04-12 13:46

Magic, you were fired for the "failing of the ALP on sports" was that the only area there was failure?

As a journsalist, I expected more from you, if that was your only criticism, then, why did it take you so long to highlight the wrongs of ALP during your tenure at the Antigua Sun. You are now using Caribarena do so.

Magic, I know you have good intentions, but be fair in your overall reporting : "Fair is foul and foul is fair.."
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RE: With Eyes Pressed Shut

#15 THE GODFATHER » 2012-04-12 13:37

Colin, neither do you know me, I will leave you with a quote from Albert Einstein: "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity"
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Just to be clear

#14 Observer overseas » 2012-04-12 13:27

Mr. Godfather,
I just need to be clear that this is your argument:

1. ALP is the more "evil" of the two parties.
2. The IHI and APUA funding issues equally worthy of investigation by Caribarena.

3. Therefore, there is no need for the media to demand further investigation into the generator issue.

Is this your reasoning? I just want to be clear.

By the way how do you define evil? And way does that have to do with this issue?
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@Cool Ruler

#13 Ian Hughes » 2012-04-12 13:26

I encourage you to read!
Caribarena was launched in 2008 and since then we have tried under extremely difficult circumstances to educate Antiguans & Barbudans about the best way forward.
When I worked at Antigua Sun during the ALP Administration I was equally as outspoken against the failings of the ALP on sports.
For that I was fired.
I am so pleased that I have a platform to help with the development of Antigua & Barbuda.
Nothing is personal....check all my opinions since Caribarena was launched.
you should be pleased that this platform is there for you as well...lets's discuss the issues that have serious impacts on our lives each day
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@ THE GODFATHER

#12 Colin » 2012-04-12 12:54

You are confused: I always have this problem when trying to communicate complex matters with linear thinkers.
If you knew anything at all about me you could not make the inferences that have led you astray.
I plead with you not fall into the error of letting your own spleen affect your judgement.
By the way: the last sentence in the comment that affects you so is intended to be irony (a figure of speech) - get it?
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RE: With Eyes Pressed Shut

#11 Cool Ruler » 2012-04-12 12:26

Well listning via the web, i just heard winston say that this person who was getting paid for working in some embassy the UPP was good then. now that he got fired he come back to Caribarena and have alot to say. MAGIC a you he a talk about? Now i see what your motive is for you pulling out your soap box shouting like an angry man.
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Caribarena OPEN CHALLENGE

#10 THE GODFATHER » 2012-04-12 11:00

This is an open challenge to Caribarena, do an in-depth investigation into APUA FUNDING, IHI. I trust your investigative journalism will reward your readership with essential facts for future political deliberation.
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THE GODFATHER

SEE NO EVIL

#9 THE GODFATHER » 2012-04-12 10:48

Colin, you evidently do ot know what evil is, did you live under Bird autocratic rule, if you did, you either sheltered or consumed by the ALP. The sons of many stalwart ALP supporters got all their needs fulfilled from land to jobs. Do an investigation into the past, examine the party stalwart and their offsprings and you will clearly see or blindly disregard the facts. I can call many names, but this is nt the forum to do so. Only when you truly identify the evil, will your mind be liberated.
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More investigation needed

#8 THE GODFATHER » 2012-04-12 10:35

Agree, this is one of several issues that needs attention, but I do think bloggers are not fair. Much more in-depth reporting is needed. Why should there be a singular effort on the generators, and not on IHI, the many lands give-away, APUA FUNDING, the many indiscretion of vice. All these issues need to be likewise addressed and investigated before you condemn Serpent. Serpent is doing a great deal of public good, so leave Serpent alone!

Until, the many are also willing to really dig deep into APUA FUNDING and not what others direct, then I would know there is no bias in reporting. So, the nations await the interview an examination of all involved in IHI and APUA FUNDING, and the return of missing funds.

Magic, let's now see how transparent Lester, Ron, and Asot will be, start the ball rolling.
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THE GODFATHER

been saying this for years

#7 tenman » 2012-04-12 10:07

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One has to be careful that their hatred for the ALP is not blinding their vision of what is wrong with the present administration
Magic well said, if only persons would heed your warning.


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The Lesser of Two the Evils

#6 Colin » 2012-04-12 10:06

The original mission of the OMG was to "get rid of the Birds".

This mission has so far failed, primarily because Winston Derrick got sidetracked into the notion that the best way to advance OMG interests was to try to protect the UPP government from the adverse effects of its own folly.

Having failed to get rid of the Birds, the OMG is now faced with the distinct possibility of the Birds returning.

Winston Derrick, Serpent et al now have no choice other than to continue with the failed policy of trying to protect the UPP government from the adverse effects of its own folly.

Consequently, it is now deemed proper for all "patriotic" Antiguans & Barbudans to opt for more of the UPP government, now accepted as the lesser of the two evils.
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RE: With Eyes Pressed Shut

#5 Antiguanyouthman » 2012-04-12 09:53

Great article. Let the chips fall where they may.
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Its about good vs bad

#4 Observer overseas » 2012-04-12 09:35

Sadly our politics is - and has always been - framed in simple terms. ALP is bad so UPP must be good. Conversely, ALP is good so UPP must be bad. Consequently the positions most people take on issues come down to which party they support, irrespective of the facts, their level of education or ability to reason. Intellectual dishonesty and intellectual laziness seem somehow to always constrain us.
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Fire!

#3 Water » 2012-04-12 07:46

To be fair Magic, Serpent is a comedian, not a reporter! I guess media personalities now think that if their bosses can play favourites with Politicians for their own self interest, why not them?
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RE: With Eyes Pressed Shut

#2 DadliMan » 2012-04-12 06:27

First, Observer Radio used to proudly play a top-of-the-hour clip with Fergie Derrick proclaiming that their raison d'etre was to get the rid of the ALP. It is generally accepted that the Observer Group was principally responsible for the UPP's victory in 2004. Given their battles in the past, we can understand their animosity towards the ALP.

Second, the night time reptile is nothing short of a mercenary. He will do the bidding of whoever is willing to pay the biggest box hand. When Wilmoth revealed to the public the story of $20,000, all he could feebly say, "notice he say dat he gee me. He nah say dat me beg he fu nutten". I thought that was so pathetic at the time. You really do your profession a disservice by including this id*ot in your ranks.

Bearing in mind the above, we would be foolish to expect objectivity from the Observer Group. They are the unofficial mouthpiece of the UPP.
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RE: With Eyes Pressed Shut

#1 BEEF » 2012-04-12 06:10

Magic, we do not always agree but I must say that we are on the same page on this one. To my mind, the discussion that should be "raging" is DID THE TAXPAYERS OF THIS COUNTRY GET VALUE FOR MONEY? To me, that is a very simple question and it should NOT be "swept under the carpet".
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