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  • INSIDE: Courting disaster Pg 2 PAM intellectually Bad mouthing beloved country Pg 4 bankrupt Running on slogans Pg 6 When political parties have Mammaguy electorate no platform, they give the It boggles the mind that people “fluff”. In St. the leadership of PAM has Kitts/Nevis, a Caribbean chosen to engage in what country, the opposition party Trinidadians refer to as the People’s Action “mamaguying” the popula- T Movement (PAM), unable to tion. As educated people you he Labour Party Government mount any meaningful alter- native response to the Government’s 15 years of positive social development and economic growth, is hop- wonder about their motives. Why would a national party that wishes to become the government, misrepresent information that is not only under Prime Minister, Dr. Denzil Douglas, is not respon- sible for the present financial crisis that has sent the economies of all the countries of the world into chaos and Sorry Chicken Little, ing the population will sim- ply vote for PAM because “It is time for change.” Fluff and more fluff in the public domain, but is available where people can read and understand for themselves. Is it that they believe that Minding people uncertainty. Yet, the Opposition party, PAM, is blaming the Government for causing the crisis. It is very much like the unfair criti- the sky is not falling! Most recently, in a mani- festation of PAM’s reliance on what can only be termed as “fluff”, it informed its sup- the majority of voters are illiterate or ignorant? That would be sad because it would mean that as a region business There are some things in a democracy that Crime committed cism and attacks being made on President Barack Obama by the bitter Republican Party in the US. President Obama did not cause the crisis and is dren’s story, keeps scaring people with his false alarm that the “sky is falling.” It is evident the Government has taken this country through the worst • This Government has created many improve- ments in the quality of life. In the present financial climate, leaders of the G8 and other developed countries want to know to whom they are talking. They will be asking them- porters that the Court’s rul- doing his best to manage it and of the free fall that other countries like selves, “Can we trust these people who we have not taken our demo- are everybody’s business. Two of these are by citizens on ing in a case related to new improve the employment situation, yet Iceland went into. Iceland had to • The Government has taken came into office without any pro- cratic system to the level crime and health. other citizens electoral boundaries meant required of developing he is getting a lot of flak for it. declare its country bankrupt. This will this country through the gramme?” They will not listen to any I know a lot of people will disagree with me It is easy to blame This is exactly what is happening in that the Government could nations. but let me explain my position. the government when never happen to our country because worst of the global upstarts, full of talk, but with nothing only conduct elections on the It appears that politicians St. Kitts/Nevis. The PAM gang is of the fiscal vigilance and expertise the financial crisis. else—no track record of achievement. crime seems to be get- using Obama’s campaign theme, with- old boundaries. feel comfortable just lying to Citizens must play important role Government demonstrated when the This Government is better placed to ting out of control, but out the depth of ideas that illuminated What is fascinating is that the population. Is this No government has the resources needed to crisis hit. • This Government is better manage the future than anybody else. we should never for- it, to attack a government, which like the judge in the case never progress? prevent every cause, detect every case, or Despite being tied up in legal red placed to manage the If you add up the years of experience get that crime is generally committed on citi- indicated or implied that the prosecute every perpetrator, of every crime. Obama, has performed brilliantly in tape, stalled and forestalled by injunc- future than anybody else. in managing the country in the pres- zens by other citizens. We, as citizens, need to election must be held using PAM: No evidence While it is important for governments to work together to create an environment navigating the dangerous waters to tion after injunction, the Government ent Government team, the total is the old boundaries. What the Fortunately, there is no ensure that its citizens are safe, much of the take their people safely to the prom- employment is increasing. where crime is discouraged and where every is coping extremely well with the reali- about 120 years or more. How many judgment said in effect was evidence that this intellectu- responsibility for their personal safety and ised land of future prosperity and sus- effort is made to ensure that crime does not ties of life during and after the great This Government has created many years of genuine experience and that the mechanism used to ally bankrupt approach used their families’ protection also devolves around tainability. pay and criminals pay dearly for their crimes. global financial crisis. Tourism is improvements in the quality of life, in expertise in governance do the PAM review the electoral bound- by PAM in its ongoing cam- the citizens of a country. The sad thing is that both in the US True we must ensure that the machinery of doing better. Unlike our neighbours, jobs and livelihoods, and in what are people have? aries was flawed and that the paign of litigation and fabri- and in our beloved country there are justice does not rust; that the facilities we are expecting more, rather than called “Life Chances” over the past 15 Don’t listen to those who want to see boundaries could be reviewed cation is typical of the Your own eyes and ears people willing to listen to the naysay- required for dispensing justice are sound; and less cruise ships. We are expecting years. the country ruined—they already have using the mechanism set out approach of opposition par- You have to be your own eyes and ears. You ers, the prophets of doom and gloom, that the resources required are available. new airlines to become our partners Where St. Kitts/Nevis has been suc- their green cards. Those of you who in the Constitution. ties in other countries of the have to exercise vigilance and caution. True, who like Chicken Little in the chil- However, in the midst of a global recession we and bring hundreds of tourists here cessful and other countries have failed are here for the long haul, whose navel According to the Sun St Caribbean. We are also fortu- the government and its security forces must must be tolerant and lend a helping hand to during this winter. We are ensuring is that we have a government led by strings are buried in this beautiful Kitts/Nevis (Tuesday October nate that while St. Kitts/ be both pre-emptive and responsive, but it is 27), “Justice Thomas in his Nevis continues to be a para- important that all of us learn to look after assist in preventing or reducing crime by our own efforts to help ourselves and our neigh- PEOPLE METER that we maintain jobs and that farm- ers and ordinary citizens have an people with experience in managing the Federation’s affairs. To think of land of ours must ensure that Chicken Little and his boys never become the judgment never ruled or dise, it is not Fantasy Island. ourselves and our loved ones. bours. Who has the better programmes? handing the affairs of our country to implied in any way that the The people of St. Increasingly, communities have established amnesty programme in place to cush- government of our beloved country. elections be held on the old Kitts/Nevis need to ask ion them in this difficult, though tem- PAM is like the Queen of England neighbourhood watches, householders have Greater role for churches, handing over the Royal yacht boundaries. What Justice themselves whether a party porary, period. Instead of declining as civil society Thomas ruled is that the whose only campaign plat- invested in alarms, some have watchdogs and barbed wire fences. These are responsibilities Churches, as well as schools, can certainly it has done in other countries, Britannia to the Somali pirates. PEOPLE METER proclamation, which purport- form is “Time For Change” is we cannot pass totally on to our government. play a major role to ensure the message gets Who has the better plans? ed to give effect to the ready or equipped to run a through to young people that violence is not Constituency Boundaries country. Decrease crime the way to manage problems and that crime Committee (CBC) report, was Studies have shown where citizens and the will not be tolerated in the home, in the school made null and void by the Procedural issue government get together to protect communi- or in society at large. Court and of no legal effect Meanwhile, in a clear ties, neighbourhoods and streets, there is a because the judge ruled that example the Government is considerable decrease in crimes and criminal Together we can stop dengue ‘the Commission in accepting in charge and is a better activity. Perhaps the government here may Then there are the problems of mosquitoes. the recommendations of the structured and more efficient need to do some more to get the protective The most dangerous mosquito, Aedes Aegypti, Boundaries Technical organisation, they are pre- services to do their jobs more efficiently, but which causes dengue lives in our homes. They Committee (which was pared to accept the judge’s again, the members of the services come from love clean water. They don’t live or breed in deemed unconstitutional) ruling and correct the proce- families and live in communities where they dirty water or in drains and swamps. abdicated in favour of that dural issue that was cited. have links. If they fail in their duties or are When the government sends out the vehicle body.’ The learned judge When this happens, how will lax, if they’re involved in criminal activity or with the spray most people lock their doors paved the way for the gov- PAM explain it to its sup- they turn a blind eye to them, the citizens and windows because they can’t stand the ernment to correct the porters. The answer is they with whom they interact on a daily basis smell of the insecticide and with the high Constitutional flaw.” will resort to fluff and more must share some of the blame and take some walls in front their houses, the insecticide fluff. of the responsibility. can’t even get into their yards. Published by Friends of St. Kitts and Nevis Cruising into the future... Printed by Trinidad Express Newspapers, 35- 37 Independence Square, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, West Indies.
  • 2 • Insight • November 2009 Insight • November 2009 • 7 In true banana republic FOREIGNERS WANT TO LEAD ST. KITTS/NEVIS the Ku Klux Klan out of SAME OLD BACCHANAL style, the leaders of the coun- Courting disaster Louisiana to install him as A 1991 political science text- No plan PAM try’s Opposition Party, the prime minister and for the book attempts to define the People’s Action Movement Klan to run the country. Eastern Caribbean system as a (PAM), have over the years strong democratic system and sought and obtained foreign Jamaica and Trinidad where Legal delays identifys that all the institu- citizenship in western coun- Members of Parliament have tions that comprise a democra- tries in order to ensure they been forced by law to revoke The other negative impact of cy are in place in the region— have a safe haven to run to in their foreign citizenship to the move is that it further the Courts, free and fair case the fragile and small remain or to be re-elected postpones an election, which elections, freedom of speech bankruptcy in 2000 to one with end of its third term or fif- economy of the country fails at Members of Parliament. has already been subject to are all alive and well. a projected growth rate of two teenth year in office. One strated a paradigm shift in any time. The Government of St. Kitts/ legal delays brought by the percent (2%). The opposition would think that in 15 years both policies and programmes When the going gets tough, Nevis, in an effort to minimise Opposition PAM. People in St. Lack of accountability In the meantime, he has the Opposition would have had from the Bush government. the “tough” get going. The conflict and arguments, has Kitts seem to be completely What the publication also instituted progressive pro- grammes, including universal parties have ample time and opportunity to develop a comprehensive, This is the essence of a cam- poor people of this country taken steps to strengthen the fed up of all the legal wran- identified was the lack of paign for genuine change—that don’t have such luxuries or existing legislation. The law gling and manoeuvring. accountability and standards education, built the country’s first and only tertiary institu- presented strategic national plan for replacing the incumbent gov- underpinning of fact, research opportunities and must now requires that all candi- Instead of waving flags they from candidates seeking to and solutions to the self-inter- remain as citizens of the coun- dates seeking election for are wavering, unsure of why lead governments, or from gov- tion (Dominica State College), introduced programmes to take nothing in ernment. The opposition People’s est issues that preoccupy the try through good and bad Parliament and who hold or the Opposition would put the ernments when elected. The public opinion agenda. times. have held foreign citizenship ment? Can Colonel Gadaffi with this, it would mean that country through all the trau- election process I defined as a care of the elderly, day care for terms of what Action Movement (PAM) has must provide proof that they leave Libya to his many sons any country could be taken ma, expense and suspense. In “carnival”, but some will children, a state-of-the-art pri- taken the easy and lazy way Strategy not constructive Give up renounced their foreign status and with the promise of oil over by foreigners and then fact, as one man said yester- describe it as “bacchanal” com- mary healthcare system and a programme of a university they can do out and has relied entirely on the rhetoric that it is “Time To From what we have seen, the and are no longer citizens of wealth run for office in St. sold to the highest bidder. One day in the streets of ing from the Greek God PAM strategy lacks construc- Those leaders appear to see those foreign countries. Kitts? is reminded of the sad lesson Basseterre, “If the Opposition responsible for that country’s graduate in every family. Against this background, the that is better Change”. That approach has developed in the past 30 years tive or developmental initia- no problem with managing a PAM leaders seem to be Without pre-judging the of Patrick John in Dominica in was a business, their name equivalent of “wine and jam”. tives. It has instead gone to country while they are citizens unhappy with that require- decision of the courts, it would 1985, when he contracted with would be Courts.” Fast forward to 2009. In an two opposition parties have pre- sented nothing in terms of what than what by what is now characterised as a de facto term limit in the court with injunctions against of another or representing the ment and have filed an injunc- seem that such an injunction effort to revisit the socio-politi- the present Government, which citizens of St. Kitts/ Nevis while tion against the Government is frivolous and manifestly cal system in the region for they can do that is better than what Skerritt was now deliver- Skerritt Eastern Caribbean. In the past three decades the have effectively caused the they represent and have sworn of St. Kitts/Nevis to block intended as a red herring, dis- another publication, I have postponement of the General allegiance to a foreign country. implementation of this meas- tracting the population from been reviewing the election ing. Instead their campaigns are centred around the govern- is now population of the region in the different countries have Elections due this year. Fortunately, the people of ure. Where is this heading? If the serious issues on which process in the Caribbean to see This reliance by PAM on the St. Kitts/Nevis and all the citizens of other countries are the election of a government if we have made any progress. ment’s overpayment for garbage cans and the Prime Minister’s delivering. allowed their governments no more than 15 years in office. It politics of what Karl Marx other Caribbean countries allowed to hold electoral office ought to be based. The Antigua elections came called “the politics of non- have in their constitutions a up to, and including, the post Students of political science and went. In that one the prerogative to build his home. does not seem to matter if the issues” is typical of weak politi- clause that ensures that their of prime minister; what next? need to be concerned about the Opposition actually had a plat- governments were doing well cal parties. Minister Skerritt and his leaders are citizens and patri- Can Mr. Mugabe, if ejected direction in which PAM has form, but it was the same old Rudimentary methodology Labour Party will win the or were failing; the people sim- Unable to win elections in 15 ots, loyal and dedicated to the from Zimbabwe, make his way headed and the implications of platform with which they had In this case the methodology ply went to the polls and voted years, the PAM has now forthcoming election due in countries of their birth. to St. Kitts/Nevis and run for its actions on the politics of governed the country five is rudimentary, accuse the in a new government. resorted to rhetoric, stalling early 2010. He will win There have been cases in office or take over the govern- the Caribbean. If it gets away years before and since the Government of “bobol” or cor- tactics and fairy tales as a plat- because, fortunately, in world has changed significant- ruption and hope that people Dominica the people seem to No realistic programme form for change while hoping ly in the last five years, those believe you and hand the gov- Familiar with this senti- the people will decide that have become a lot more politi- programmes were no longer ernment over to you regardless ment, the PAM is running a maybe “we should give them Find us on the Web: feasible or applicable to this new world economy system. So of your lack of plans, strate- gies, platform and vision. cally conscious and ask politi- cal parties to show what they campaign with no realistic pro- gramme or plan to manage the fellers a chance”. The future of a country can- can do or have done for the the Opposition lost. This approach characterises country, but is instead running not be left to chance. country. AWARD OF DUBIOUS DISTINCTION Empty Opposition opposition politics in the Caribbean and has not Easy, lazy way out a campaign that says “It is time to change.” In fact a We can all only hope that the population of St. Kitts and We are now looking at two changed since the Crown major PAM billboard in Nevis will think for themselves The case in St. Kitts is Booby prize for Chicken Little gang upcoming elections in Colony era of the 1950s. They Basseterre reads, “Crime and and not give their country almost hilarious and typifies Dominica and St. Kitts/Nevis. seem to rely primarily on fabri- Violence: Time for Change”. away to chance. what some American political In Dominica, the Roosevelt cations, gossip and stories to What does that mean? More scientists once referred to as Skerritt Government is ending win elections. They attempt to crime and more violence or Friends, this has to be seen to be driven campaign. exchange, which they will want to give the “banana republic syn- its second term in office, a peri- vilify the government and its what permutation of crime and believed. Do you know that there is The second criterion is whether the you for your vote. drome.” The current govern- od in which Prime Minister leaders, while offering no alter- violence is desired for the actually a “Chicken Little” Award? falsehoods are deliberate. Of course Then there is the FEAR factor and ment of St. Kitts/Nevis is the Skerritt has delivered the native to counteract govern- future? Labour Party led by Prime Check on Google and you will find it. It is really an award of dubious distinc- they are. Chicken Little is a schemer from a long time ago. His second-in- the SCARE syndrome. They want to scare you into thinking that the coun- kinds of programmes and out- comes that have seen ment’s successful programmes. My prediction in the case of Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas. What is the relationship between “Time For Change” We can only That party is coming to the tion for people or organisations who are engaged in “deliberately false, command, part of his clique-o, is even worse, profiting from the failure of a try is falling apart. They are saying that to every Tom, Dick and Harriet Dominica move from a state of Dominica is that Prime and “Crime and Violence”. Is this political shorthand, hope that the mass media-driven scare campaigns.” Does that sound familiar? Well company that was stripped of its assets, while the poor people who here and everywhere, bad-mouthing the country to whoever will listen. sleight-of-hand or merely a hand-me-down from the past? elections will Chicken Little and his fellow finger- lickers have been deliberately running believed in him are suffering. In true Chicken Little style, they feathered They are trying to place FEAR in your hearts. Not like Obama go on without a false, media-driven, scare campaign to try to get the people of St. Kitts to their own nests. They are so false they might be made Don’t bother with them. When the original Chicken Little went around It is not Obama’s “Time for Change”. That campaign was further put them in power. Do they qualify for the Chicken of silicone for all you know. Next time they come around make sure that Miss telling the other animals that the sky was falling, fortunately they did not structured and manifested the fundamental changes with pro- hindrance Little award? Let us see. Can we con- sider what they are saying and doing PAM’s assets are real and not there just to fool you into thinking they have take him on. Don’t take on what this fresh Chicken Little is saying. They grammes the new government intended to implement, some and the party to be “deliberate”? Yes! Resoundingly so! You don’t choose a theme without have not changed and are incapable of resources that Mother Nature didn’t give them, otherwise they would end might be extra spicy but it is the same old recipe—fear, scare and nothing of which have already been delivered. that offers the thought, especially one intended to mislead. You don’t try to piggy-back or changing anything, unless that is deliberate. So Chicken Little qualifies up taking your assets and we the peo- ple of St. Kitts will be catching ours. new or nothing more. Drop the boom on Chicken Little. The Obama campaign pre- sented an alternative form of best solutions chicken-back on the Obama campaign by using the slogan without the sub- on the first criterion that his campaign inaccuracies, lies and distortions are If it is time for change, then PAM must change first. If it is time for Give him his booby prize and the lick- ing he deserves, not just on his finger government, which was essen- tially a platform for progress. for will win stance unless it is deliberate. You don’t deliberate and that his purpose is to EXCHANGE then the US citizens in but on his entire barnyard—cock, roos- It added substance to style, talk about change knowing that you win an election by an untruthful fear- the PAM will have lots of foreign ter, pullet and hen. deeds to words and demon-
  • 6 • Insight • November 2009 Insight • November 2009 • 3 Health is everybody’s business that Health is an issue has a major personal and social dimension. Long ago, major health issues had to do with diseases like polio, smallpox and measles that could be cured by injections or vaccinations. Government appointed sani- tary or health inspectors to Better r ed ensure that citizens com- plied with the legal require- ment to keep a clean scene. However, the health prob- than dead The colour yellow has always been associ- lems facing us today are ated with cowardice and disease. Yellow much more complex and less susceptible to injections and fever was a pandemic long before swine flu vaccines. and killed thousands of people. When some- Diseases like hyperten- one is described as “yellow” it means the sion (high blood pressure) person is the worst kind of coward imagi- and diabetes are diseases of nable. Licks in their lifestyle. They are all per- What kind of people will so underesti- sonal choices that people mate the intelligence of the people of this make about how they live country by withholding from them infor- and as a consequence, how mation they need to make a reasoned and they die. Drug addiction and wise decision about whom they will entrust obesity are diseases, but their country to for the next five years? they are the result of choices Yellow people. Pam-palam we make. This is why I go for the colour red. It is a rich and vibrant colour, symbolic of energy and verve. In Christianity, red symbolises NEED TO ELEVATE CARIBBEAN POLITICS love, suffering, sacrifice, struggle, joy, pas- sion and courage. Yellow stands for envy With the advent of Associate and treason. Those who study art will tell Running on slogans Statehood for former British Colonies, those colonies began It is now you, “Red is the colour of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, strength, Tony Astaphan is the top lawyer They thought they had set a trap preparations for independence in the OECS and is a man to be for the Government with all the from Britain and by 1978 the running its power and determination as well as pas- sion, desire and love. Red is a very emotion- feared—he is aggressive, tough injunctions, but Astaphan made era of political independence and knowledgeable. If you take them fall into their own trap. for Caribbean countries had elections are forthcoming. The about this Opposition in St. Essentially, here it is, a politi- campaign on ally intense colour. It enhances human him on and you are not sure of He tackled the three main issues begun. present government is being Kitts is not only that it has cal party preparing for a metabolism, increases respiration rate, and your facts, he will grind you into that Chicken Little and his finger- That period has seen very administered by the St. been unable to win an election national election running on a a slogan of raises blood pressure. It has very high visi- the dirt. licking gang have been pushing peaceful and uneventful demo- Kitts/Nevis Labour Party. It in 15 years. It is now running platform of insults, rhetoric bility, which is why stop signs, stoplights Astaphan was not content with and discredited them entirely. cratic election processes and has managed the country for its campaign on a slogan of and wishful thinking. “Time To and fire equipment are usually painted red. making mincemeat of PAM’s These issues are: except for the disaster in the past 15 years and its “Time To Change”. The slogan Caribbean political parties In heraldry, red is used to indicate courage. lawyers in the Court but took Change”. 1 Grenada 1983, elections have record, from all social and eco- appears to be the sum total of need to raise the standards for It is a colour found in many national flags.” them on outside the Court in a live The effect of the order of Mr. been democratic and political nomic international indices, is its imagination and campaign. managing campaigns in the news conference on Thursday, Justice Thomas; parties have been elected time good. That Government was A review of its party’s newspa- region. The slogan Makes you sick October 29, 2009. If you saw big 2 after time with relatively little successful in converting a per and Website is filled with PAM presents no detailed men hiding their faces before Old talk that the or no plans for managing their dying and bankrupt sugar rhetoric, clichés, slogans and programmes or policies that appears It goes on to say, “Yellow is an unstable Halloween, it was the PAM lead- Government’s mandate has TONY ASTAPHAN countries and their resources. industry into a viable tourist verbal diatribes against mem- can be tested on how it plans and spontaneous colour, so avoid using yel- ers and lawyers. Tony unmasked expired; Political parties, especially industry. bers of the Government. to bring economic develop- to be the sum low if you want to suggest stability and them and their intentions to cause straight case of flip-flop, flip-flop— 3 those in Opposition, do not The Opposition party, the • Douglas has no way to go ment to its country. There are safety.” They say yellow might look good disruption and havoc in this coun- The lie that the Government should they give up or should they seem to manifest any account- People’s Action Movement but out; vague references to foreigners total of its initially but quickly becomes dingy and try before the elections and try to “capitulated” and “con- stop. The rewording of the amend- ability of preparedness for (PAM), has been the • A letter referring to and how “we” should develop then represent “caution, decay, sickness, incite fear in the hearts of the citi- ceded” the Boundaries ment takes all the pressure off the managing their countries. Opposition for the same 15 Government officials as our hotel industry. Is PAM imagination and jealousy”. zenry so they would run to PAM. matter. returning officer and puts it where Nowhere is that more evi- years and it reflects the char- rats and criminals; anti-investment? We don’t This is exactly the experience of the peo- it belongs—in the hands of the dent in this era than in the acteristics typical of an opposi- • Another diatribe about know because they have no and ple of St. Kitts/Nevis. The PAM government PEOPLE METER Dealing with the Green Card Court. What Tony stressed was tiny nation state of St. tion party in the Eastern “Labourmatics” (Is that a platform. In effect, the quickly showed its true colours and was gang first, Tony the Tiger said the that if a candidate lies about his Kitts/Nevis, where national Caribbean. word?) and legal percent- response of the PAM to the campaign. characterised by decay, sickness and jeal- Government recognised that the citizenship, it becomes a criminal In this region, the term ages; and Labour Party’s 15 years of Who is the better way the Amendment was worded offence. That means the Chicken “opposition” is literally inter- • “PAM’S On The Road To stewardship is to run on a slo- A review of its ousy. Fortunately for the country, the peo- ple voted them out of office 15 years ago leader? could lead to further injunctions Little gang will have to come clean preted by the losing party. It Victory Rally A Truly gan “It’s Time For Change”. and challenges. If that happens or pay the penalty for its lies. believes it must oppose every- Historic Event. We can only hope that the party’s and the country has never looked back. Now the same yellow is back in our faces they would again slow down the Astaphan then dealt with the thing and every programme To be fair, there is an article people of St. Kitts demand electoral process and play into the matter of the ruling. PAM has the Government introduces, so entitled “A Programme For more than a slogan from those newspaper and some people think it is looking good. But as the authorities on colour say, it does hands of those miscreants who been going around telling people it doesn’t matter whether the Growth and Development” by wishing to lead their country want to have their cake and eat it. and boasting that the Judge ruled Government cuts taxes, intro- someone named Harris, who and a further wish that and Website not take long for the colour to fade. Don’t let the Yellow Fever get into your These are the same unscrupu- the elections would be fought on duces free education or bol- calls himself an “economist”. Opposition parties in the lous people who are delaying the the basis of the old boundaries. sters the economy—the He proceeds to list six bullet- Caribbean begin to develop is filled with system. Stop it before it makes you sick. It is a dreaded colour that should strike fear elections and they want to retain That was not the Judge’s ruling at Opposition Party will oppose points essentially saying noth- alternative programmes for their US citizenship so that when all. The Judge’s issue was with the vehemently and vociferously. ing, full of sound and fury but success instead of running on rhetoric, into the hearts of intelligent people. Better Red than Dread. Better Red than they lose the elections they have a Boundaries Technical Committee What is most interesting signifying nothing. slogans. place to escape to and still want to Dead. contest the elections. It is a PALAM - cont’d on Page 5
  • 4 • Insight • November 2009 Insight • November 2009 • 5 PERILS Bad smell in the city insights It is well known that a con- OF FAST FOOD Dear Sir, I visited St. Kitts/Nevis on High cost The cost of the chicken also surprised me. I had been in I shudder to think of the heavy odour of chicken in a massive, putrid cloud over the One of my business col- leagues in St. Kitts brought up the issue of the collapse of a tinuous diet of fast food destroys your health, cuts your virility and reduces your lifespan. Fast foods are Energizer vs Chicken ’n Chips business recently and am con- other countries on my trip, prime minister’s office, resi- major insurance company, considered. What do you think so named because they kill at is that even after 15 years, in the midst of a global So as the election comes tion and obesity. They are cerned about the extent to notably Antigua and Trinidad dence and the Parliament which had over-extended itself he would do when he has you quickly...think of what it the Chicken Man and his financial crisis. closer, look to see who is set- slow, but not steady and which the entire country is and the cost here is much high- itself. It is bad enough where it and went out of business, tak- access to the Treasury? does to your arteries, blood boys can’t catch up with the What you want from a gov- ting the pace and whose there is no way they can win politicised. Everywhere I went, er than corresponding items in now hangs like a dark and ing a lot of poor people down Wouldn’t he bring in the same pressure and heart. Government. ernment is stamina—to keep arteries are clogged by a the race. every discussion invariably the other countries. I thought nauseous cloud polluting one of with it. I understood from her people who bankrupted the This election is a race Why? Because Dougie’s going full steam ahead when steady and unhealthy diet of If I had to bet on this race, became political. Everyone I that if someone aspiring to the most beautiful cities in the that the second-in-command of insurance company as advisors between those who promise team is like the Energizer things get rough; to keep chicken and chips. You will there is no question about spoke to, even my business lead the country owned the Caribbean. the opposition party was inti- and aides? and those who perform. Bunny—it just keeps on moving forward even when see that the Energizer who I will vote for. Given a contacts, eventually steered outlet, the prices would be mately connected with that Would Obama have made or While some misguided peo- going and going, and achiev- faced with criticisms from Bunny is way ahead and choice between Chicken every conversation to the poli- competitive instead of monopo- Hollow phrases company and while he seemed supported that change? ple are talking about the ing results, delivering quali- those who want to take this widening the gap, while the Little and the Energizer tics of St. Kitts/Nevis. listic. However, I know that I to have thrived in the after- No way! longevity of the Government, ty and ensuring the safety country backwards. Forward Chicken Little gang is show- Bunny, I will be on the If the gentleman could take should not let my personal prej- math of the bankruptcy, the what they should be looking and security of this country Ever, Backward Never. ing the effects of malnutri- Energizer anytime. US elections unfair advantage of poor peo- udices as an environmentalist depositors and policy-holders Magic number A few people, knowing my ple to the extent that his prices overwhelm me. Although it is suffered severely. There are a few other issues connection to the recent elec- tions in the United States where my candidate and party are higher than they should be, one has to be very concerned about what he would do when one of the reasons I strongly supported the Obama cam- paign, there was more to the There should be a law against people profiting from the misfortune of others and I found quite interesting espe- cially the magic number 15. What is there about it that Enjoy vintage wine won, asked me what I thought he has the power and campaign than hollow phrases. yet wanting to hold high office. people see it as an end rather If you had to choose between a rusty can that has been sit- about the general elections that resources of the state at his Our “Time For Change” was Suppose such an individual than just another number? ting on the shelf for 15 years and more, rejected time after are due in your country soon. disposal. full of substance and strategy became minister of Finance, as I figure that in politics, time by the customers, and a product that still has not passed My first thoughts were that not just hollow rhetoric. is extremely likely all things longevity can be an extremely its shelf life, which would you choose? you have a beautiful country useful attribute if your per- There are people using the language of food technology to and that every citizen should formance is good and if you compare two different products—one that has become bloated strive to keep it that way, not represent the right combina- and putrid and whose shelf life expired 15 years ago and one just for this generation, but for tion of experienced leadership that is still extant, current, re-engineered, resuscitated, future generations. One of the and fresh ideas. revived, revitalised and renewed. Worse than comparing issues with which I had prob- It is extremely possible, as apples and oranges, or plantain and lems was the air and noise pol- Americans found out when pumpkin, is comparing chicken with lution in the city. they voted for George Bush, to vintage wine. I was in Basseterre right jump from the frying pan into Let’s face it. PAM was put on the after some political matter had the fire. shelf 15 years ago by the people of St. been decided in the court and I want to suggest to the peo- Kitts. During those years, they have throughout the city there were ple of St. Kitts/Nevis that you gathered more than dust—they have people driving around loudly think long and hard about the become filled with harmful bacteria. blowing car horns. As I moved away from the main thorough- fare and the circus, the heavy odour of stale chicken grease choices confronting you. Ask the right questions of the par- ties like: •“What specifically are you Licks in their Pam-palam years from the con- The same deadly kind you get in con- taminated chicken called E-coli. When you deal with people who handle chick- en, you run the risk of ingesting the followed me wherever I went. I going to do over the next five PALAM - same poison, E-coli, the chicken has. cont’d from Page 3 vening of Parliament, understand the smell which years to improve the economy which in this term, The Labour Party, on the other hand, assailed my nostrils and sinus- and to deal with the socio-eco- and not with the happened in is like a bottle of vintage wine, we are es comes from a fried chicken nomic issues facing us?” or Constituency December 2004. Even getting better with age. While their outlet owned by the Leader of •“What do you intend to Boundaries after the constitution- sour, vinegary vituperation is based on the Opposition Party. change and how; at the same Commission (CBC). al period has ended, jealousy, our quality continues to It is a disgrace that even so time, can you tell me where What the judge there is still three improve, based on performance. close to the seashore one can- the money is coming from?” found was that there months in which to So when Mr. Chicken Little tries to not smell the fresh tang of the You have a beautiful coun- was a technical or hold the election. In get you scared by saying the sky is sea breeze and has to suffer try. Don’t screw it up. administrative issue fact, during that falling in on St. Kitts, don’t take him the discomfort of what must be and despite all the three-month period This was the princi- special camps and be on. Discard the rotten tin to the rub- month-old grease. Travelling businessman accusations of corrup- the Prime Minister ple that got Hitler part of an institution bish bin. Wear gloves when you touch New York. tion against the CBC can still get the into power in like the infamous it because you don’t want to get E-coli. and its Chairman, they Governor General to Germany and helped Hitler Youths? Then when you are sure you’ve dis- can now proceed to reg- reconvene to make the Nazi Remember my posed of it properly and discarded it ularise the situation. Bad mouthing our beloved country Empty vessels Parliament on mat- ters of urgent nation- al importance. This is State the most repressive in the his- tory of the world. friends, this is what Hitler and his fellow murderers did. They told lies big enough forever, pull out your bottle of fine wine and drink to the future of our country. St Kitts/Nevis forever! Dear Editor, Parliament because all they thoughts together to form an want us to x-ray their bones chicken) and without any evi- what Prime Minister can do is bad mouth—noth- idea, but to try to inflict to see if there is any marrow dence they have changed, While the Chicken Baldwin Spencer did Hitler youths and kept repeating Uncle Charlie say, I cannot understand how ing constructive ever comes themselves on the population in it or if the bones are trans- there are people who want to Little gang is crowing in Antigua when the them often enough Which is the better party to President Barack Obama Mr. Chicken Little and his from them. Their whole cam- is preposterous. parent. You want them to put put them back in. Clorox does and beating up its Stanford pyramid col- So, given the and eventually the manage CHANGE in the has said you cannot change boys think that it is finger paign is based on lies and I want Chicken Little to meat on the bones they are not change the spots on a wings, the CBC is lapsed and the vicious lies. Are we outcome was that future? the past, but you can use licking good to bad mouth our promises. Their rhetoric is know that the time for throwing to the electors leopard; putting a trunk on a proceeding quietly Government had to seeing an attempt to people came to the present to shape the beloved country, St. Kitts and one of negativity, blame and change is within his own about “Change”. If you give donkey does not make it an with its constitution- acquire the Stanford set up a Nazi State in believe them and put future. This Government has Nevis and expect to win the name-calling. They talk head and his own party. I up your country for small elephant; calling KFC ally appointed task. assets. our beloved them in power. They saved this country from the next election. about change, but they have want him and his boys to change by small-minded men “Kitchen Fresh Chicken” does Like our teachers PAM believes in Federation? Will we caused Germany to taught us in school, worst effects of the global I find it hard to understand to change first before I could know that they cannot take with small ideas, you will pay not make it any healthier. what Hitler’s man-of- soon have to say Heil be destroyed. Don’t recession. This Government how patriotic and loyal even consider them as seri- over this country with prom- the price that history exerts We should send Chicken “Empty vessels make business, the infa- Herr Chicken Little? let that happen here. the most noise.” has the track record, the Kittitians will support people ous contenders. ises of a land overflowing on those who don’t know it or Little a strong message. Go mous Joseph Are we going to be When they come Tony then tackled experience, the expertise, who say such nasty things Maybe the pollution caused with buckets of chicken and those who repeat it. back into your coop and stay Goebbels practised flattened by govern- around to you with the lie that the the proven commitment about our country and yet by exposure to fried chicken biscuits. We put PAM out of power there for another 15 years. and preached, “If you ment boots and policed their big lies, take out Government’s time in by storm troopers? your big sticks and and dedication that will take want us to vote for them. day after day has addled I want the electorate to 15 years ago because of tell a lie big enough office has ended. He and keep repeating it, What about our give them some big you through the hard times It will be a national tragedy their brains and left them “grill” them about what they incompetence and impotence Friends of St. Kitts/Nevis made it clear that the people will eventually children, are they licks right in their to the promised land of if they get a seat in incapable of putting two have in mind for the people. I (perhaps from too much fry Government has five come to believe it.” going to be put in PAM-palam. tomorrow.