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UPP’s Tack-tition

UPP’s Tack-titionPrime Minister Baldwin Spencer and the United Progressive Party (UPP) must be feeling a little bit at ease after the governor general’s reply to a request for a commission of inquiry by opposition leader Lester Bird.

Last week, Bird wrote to Governor General Dame Louise Lake-Tack asking for an inquiry into the fences scandal and the Wadadli Power Plant.

Lake-Tack shot down Bird’s request: “I have been thoroughly briefed and have all reason to believe that all such recommendations have been implemented. Regarding the Wadadli Power Plant, the Prime Minister the honourable Dr Baldwin Spencer has given an undertaking that the matter will be placed before Parliament shortly and therefore one must duly await the above procedure and refrain from the many alleged accusations you mentioned in your letter.

 

She added, “Sir, for the said reasons given above, I do not consider a commission of Inquiry neither for the fences or the Wadadli Power Plant is necessary.”

Surely, Bird cannot be surprised at this response, and may be shining up his bullhorn to tell the nation, “I told you so.”

From the day of her appointment, Bird told the nation that Lake-Tack would be partial and often criticized the governor general as being pro UPP.

While those accusations appear to have no merit, doesn’t Bird prove his many points with this decision by the governor general?

Look, I never did and would never condone Bird’s expressions about the governor general and frankly, I think that Bird has been disrespectful of the office of the “Queen".

The question of whether or not this office should go is another matter altogether.

I have said, and I will say again, Bird and the Antigua Labour Party cannot "have their cake and eat it".

They criticize the governor general for being partisan, yet they expect her to act impartially.

That said, however, Lake-Tack should act according to the dictates of her office, and this response is shocking to anyone who viewed her as professional and non-partisan.

My question to the GG is this: who briefed you on the fences matter?

Perhaps it’s Minister of Finance & the Economy Harold Lovell, Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer, and junior minister in the Ministry of Education and Sports Winston Williams.

Surely an unbiased looked at that report and all that has displayed in Parliament and in the media cannot be satisfactory.

That the recommendations are in place says nothing about what happened to cause the appointment of a committee in the first place.

The financial situation in the country is in crisis mode, and during that time, people are spending monies and overriding the tendering process at the same time.

Please Madame GG, the people of Antigua & Barbuda deserve better than that.

 

Forget Spencer and the UPP; what about the citizens of this fair state?

How can you sit in your nice office with your fancy garb waiting for Independence Day to display your royal fashion for the nation to see while showing such disdain for the people?

Since the government will not do the right thing, we deserve and inquiry.

And let’s not talk about the price, because those who are found wanting will have to repay.

Now on the Wadadli Power Plant, are you my dear lady suggesting that you will make a decision after Spencer and the UPP say what in Parliament?

That the engines are new or that we got value for money?

They have said that already, and many people who have looked at this objectively are not satisfied.

Will you demand an inquiry if it was found that the government failed to table this huge financial burden for parliamentary approval?

Look, we are faced with a serious problem which the politicians seemingly do not want to address, hence the request of the GG.

If the GG appears to be in the same boat with the politicians, then we the people need to stand up for Antigua, like King Onyan said.

We really do not need the approval of the political parties, ALP nor UPP, neither do we need the approval of the distinguished lady GG.

We have a civic duty to protect our resources, and we should protest whatever we deem wrong in the society.

The power plant matter is not an ALP or UPP matter, but rather an Antigua & Barbuda issue.

The GG has made her feelings known, and it goes against what the majority believe, so we must take matters into our own hands and deal with this according to the tools provided by law.

I would hate to think that Governor General Dame Louise Lake-Tack is the Queen’s representative dressed in blue.

And I don’t want to hear anything about past GGs in any other colour.

I agree that we have to deal with the demons of the past, but we must make sure that those demons are not a part of us today.

There is just too much left to the imagination, and an inquiry as hurtful as it may be might the only solution.

Of course, if the government clarifies its position and placed every detail on the table in a transparent manner, then there will be no need to spend scarce resources to know what they already know.

 

Come clean Mr Spencer, and take this matter out of the hands of the Queen. She doesn’t seem to care too much about us anyway.

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RE: UPP’s Tack-tition

#15 Rubbin alcohol » 2012-05-16 17:56

You know antiguans are strange we have a government who is robbing us blind yet we still saying let them stay these are a few of the acts Medical transcript 
Airport resurfacing
Roads
Sidewalks
Bencorp building
Royal Antiguan 
The public library 
Transport board 
Romantic rhymths 
Fencing 
 
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#14 HC » 2012-05-02 10:43

It would be nice if he could be actually wrapped up like the Picture above, locked tight with a large bolt and transported to Redonda,where he should remain and become Prime Minister of Goats.
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#13 ANTIGUAN WOMAN » 2012-05-01 11:24

Lester Bird must be the one that caused the fall of humanity,never in my life have i seen one Man soo hated,Those who are openly ripping us off to the point where we,re just awaiting the fat lady to sing before our inevitable collapse,are been sympathised with and all sort of excuses used. Almost two decades have past since the ALP has been out of office,and yet you can never read a single article from some unless the ALP is not negatively roped in, in some way,moreso LB. There is nothing more dangerous than a hypocrite,just turn to the new Testament and see how many times the Word is used by Jesus Christ himself.I hate hypocrites and the writer of this article falls smack in that criteria.
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Silly journalism

#12 Tobi » 2012-04-30 21:08

"The GG has made her feelings known, and it goes against what the majority believe...."
Oh really? Magic, feeding hyped sensationalism is rag journalism and does severe injustice to your "peers".
Lester Bird attacks whoever gets in his way to his return to power. Thus his inappropriate comments about the GG, and even the Caribbean Appeals Court (lest we forget).
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STAND UP and BE COUNTED

#11 galileo » 2012-04-30 19:48

what a silly and ironic remarks.magic ended his article by agreeing in principle with what Mr Bird stated numerous times about the behaviour of the GG yet because it came from LB it is wrong and disrespectful...lol
hate can really be a veil to the truth and the reality and an obstacle for our progress.Antiguans better wake up and see the big picture,be vigilant on your constitution and freedom.As long as you uphold to the good principles and say it as it is all true patriots will always be fighting on the same side irrespective of the blue or red colours.STAND for what you believe in and BE COUNTED.
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Magic is something else!!!

#10 Wadadli Blogger » 2012-04-30 18:12

Magic firsts says Lester Bird is disrespecting the Queens office for "standing up for Antigua" and saying the obvious. Then in the very last paragraph he says the Queen or her office does not care about us ... do you see what we have to deal with in Antigua ... this foolish double talk ... these people who let their hate for Lester Bird fog their brain!!! It is time the people realise that ALP has already been punished for their deeds ... it is now time to move on and punish the people who are ripping us off now. They are doing it right infront our eyes while we have pictures and documents to prove it!!!

But everybody in Antigua only have strong for Lester Bird. Magic mentiond Lester Birds name 8 times in this article. He mentioned Baldwin Spencers name 3 times. He mentioned Dame Louise Lake-Tack 5 times. This is supposed to be an article about the UPP and their "Tack-tittion" but yet Lester Birds name is mentioned more than Spencer and Lake. Go figure that out.
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#9 PLM » 2012-04-30 11:05

When did we have a referendum on the need for a commission of inquiry? How can any objective person presume to wax ad nausea about what the “majority believe”? Instead of slight of hand, it looks like magic is working some red obeah.
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#8 Cool Ruler » 2012-04-30 11:02

Pseudo journalism at its best
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UPP's Tack-tion

#7 young analyst » 2012-04-30 10:11

i will indeed 2nd the motion of the heading of the article "UPP's Tack-tion, which simply is UPP+Lake-Tack+suspec tion=UPP Tack-tion. However what was most interesting is that she in her only knowledge decline an inquiry into these both instances, but within her own capacity and knowledge can she really justify figures and construction cost etc... would it not be better to have someone within the field consult on behalf of her as well. Rather than her being brief by someone who will obviously have more knowledge and facts concerning the matter than the GG. Finanally if the opposition realises that she is some what partisan, why cant they share there views about it and not feel like here we go again, the GG did it again, why cant decisions be based on the equality. The UPP have spent millions on inquires over the past 8 years come on you guys its just your turn to be inquired.
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Ian Magic Hughes Article

#6 Dread » 2012-04-30 09:27

I was totally baffled after I read the Ian Hughes article. I was extremely confused. After reading Steve’s comments I realized I was not alone. However, I realize that Magic is just apart of the cadre of individuals in Antigua who claim to be Journalist. Journalism is a profession in Antigua that has been crying out for Journalist. For those individuals who are, or for those who aspire to be Journalist, here are a few tips:
Do What You Love; Wake Up Angry and Ambitious; Don’t be the loyal member of any Party, Group, Club, NGO; Be Catholic of Writers and Writing; Find yourself a Role-Model/Mentor; Never Work with Success or Rewards in mind; Write, Draw, Shoot, Create everyday; Keep learning everyday; Fear nobody, question everything; Never be embar**ed to ask stupid questions; Chase your dreams.
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@dadliman

#5 Ian Hughes » 2012-04-30 08:34

My apologies dadliman that was a serious type-o and is being corrected...surely the rest of the story suggests partisanship
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Tact!

#4 Poopie » 2012-04-30 07:31

This GG as shown that this position is clearly not an impartial one! We need someone like Minister of Helps Mr. Humphries to get a petition and have many Antiguans and Barbudans sign it to have the Queen replace her!
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#3 DadliMan » 2012-04-30 07:11

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From the day of her appointment, Bird told the nation that Lake-Tack would not be partial and often criticized the governor general as being pro UPP.

While those accusations appear to have no merit, doesn’t Bird prove his many points with this decision by the governor general?
Magic, are you kidding me? Prior to her appointment as GG, and every second since her appointment, this woman has been the definition of partisan. This woman has been nothing but a total disgrace to the office of GG.

I have been hoping that she is kept on as GG after the UPP loses the next elections, simply to make her life a living hell.
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#2 STEVE » 2012-04-30 06:52

Also Magic, it is the law that the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Oppossiton must keep the Governor General updated on matters. I would have thought that you would have known that.
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Magic, you just gave ammuntion to those who say you are confused

#1 STEVE » 2012-04-30 06:50

First quote "While those accusations appear to have no merit, doesn’t Bird prove his many points with this decision by the governor general?" Second quote "Come clean Mr. Spencer, and take this matter out of the hands of the Queen. She doesn’t seem to care too much about us anyway". ARE YOU FOR REAL MAGIC? DIDN'T YOU JUST DO THE SAME THING YOU HAVE ACCUSED THE A.L.P. OF? YOU CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS MAGIC. WHEN THE A.L.P. IS WRONG SAY SO BUT WHEN THEY ARE RIGHT SAY SO TOO BECAUSE YOU ARE MAKING YOURSELF LOOK PRETTY SILLY!!
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