Our organization the ACLM has been in the news lately and all the gains we made are being questioned because of one of our members who found it difficult to accept that the glory days of the ACLM have past, and they should remain just that, glory days. He has caused the name of our dear leader to be dragged into the spotlight and his gains questioned because of his foolish and bitter statements surrounding the CCJ vote. Lately, all we seem to be hearing is how Tim capitulated to Lester Bird in his later years, and not the outstanding work he did to advance democracy and social consciousness in Antigua.
You now appear to be writing your own script of how you want to be remembered, and if you continue along the path you are treading, it will not be a successful one.
You made us proud with your outstanding achievements in two successive ministries in Brother Baldwin’s administration. After two straight losses at the poll vs Gaston Browne, the second being worse than the first, we thought that you were going to pack it in. Indeed, you told some of us that and we believed you. Now it seems you have either let others convince you, or in a fit of vainglory, convinced yourself to knock heads again with Gaston Browne.
Brother, that is a stupid decision. Even social media is saying so and has been eating you alive. Whoever has convinced you to remain in the fray does not care for you. I do not believe it was an ACLM brother, because all of them I spoke to think you should call it a day.
The word is out that the persons you have been approaching to run with you are either laughing behind your back, or they themselves are plotting to take over your bid without you in it. They say you are old, and cannot win another election in Antigua. One of them that you approached has told acquaintances of mine that he does not believe you really want to run again, but it appears that there are some folks very close to you who are trying to preserve their moment in the spotlight by sending you forward. We all know that you are a very bright brother and do not believe that you could be so weak to allow others to pull you into such a hopeless position.
I am therefore asking you to reconsider the situation you are getting yourself into. You cannot run in City East again so you are letting others who do not know what the ACLM stood for and are only concerned about their personal glory, influence you. It’s in the public domain that you are heading for All Saints West. This would mean that you might have to go into a primary with the young man who some of us feel deserved another chance to win that seat.
If you let them convince you to go to All Saints West, a loss there would severely impact you and the legacy of the ACLM for which up to now you have been a strong standard bearer. If you let yourself be convinced, you will be showing a level of weakness which of late has become a suspicion where you are concerned.
A couple of us have discussed the infamous Tradewinds meetings that have been taking place. Some of these new guys you are putting together are so drunk on potential power they have been boasting about their takeover of the UPP, without you at the head. There has been talk about how you are making plans to push aside the guys you went into battle with and bring them in instead. I don’t recall if any of them have had any political experience worth mentioning. You need to think carefully about that.
So my brother, we are appealing to you as one of our outstanding brothers. Do not walk the path of some of our own who could not endure the hardship of the battle to its end.