COMMENTARY: Is He Afraid Of Asot? Is He A Scorpion?

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DWYER_BROWNE

IS HE AFRAID OF ASOT? IS HE A SCORPION?

by G.A.Dwyer Astaphan

It is no secret that in this election season, Asot Michael has shown his capabilities,  his composure and solid substance as a debator, and a sound knowledge of the issues. He has also shown  his experience and maturity as a politician, his bravery as a person, and his commitment to the people of his Constituency.

And from the evidence, it seems that there is a strong bond of love and trust between himself and the people of St.Peter.

And while he has distinguished himself in a positive way in the minds of many people, he has made Gaston Browne very angry.

Asot  contributed perhaps more than  any other person to get Gaston  into the leadership of the Antigua & Barbuda Labour Party and of the country.

Now that doesn’t mean that Gaston as leader must allow wrong to be said or done, by anybody whom he leads.

And Asot has had his issues, as have his other former colleagues in the Labour Party, including Gaston. But it seems to have been more convenient for Gaston to focus scoldingly and punitively on Asot’s issues than on those of others, including his own.

I remember years ago being in Antigua sitting at dinner with a number of them, at the time when Asot was leading the campaign to elevate Gaston. And I asked Asot if he was sure that Gaston was not a scorpion, waiting to get where he wanted, then he would sting Asot.

Asot said no.”Gaston is a good guy and he would never do that”.

Do you know the story with the scorpion and the frog?  Scorpion wanted to cross the stream but he couldn’t swim, so he asked Frog to take him across. Frog said no, worried that midway across, Scorpion would sting him. Scorpion told Frog that he would never sting him because if he did that, then both of them would drown. So Frog agreed to take Scorpion across.

Guess what happened half way! Scorpion stung Frog, who  said:”Didn’t you promise not to sting and kill me. Look now, both of us will die. To which Scorpion answered: “Frog, I am a scorpion. I cannot help myself”.

So for some time now, Gaston has been throwing shade and hostility towards Asot, calling him ‘Satan’ and other nasty things. Meanwhile, Asot has remained composed in the face of this assault.

Then when the ABLP St. Peter candidacy story popped up, Asot decided that this had gone too far, that the leaders of his Party were now showing utter and open contempt for their Constitution and the democratic process within the Party. And he  took them to Court and won, with the Court ordering that Mr. Rauden Turner could not be the ABLP candidate unless the Party had followed the constitutional procedure dealing with accepting its candidates.

That rankled Gaston.  To add to his anger are the following  facts: (i)  Asot has been doing very well so far, resonating with people, not only in St. Peter, but nationally, and, from what I gather, his polling looks good;(ii) Asot defeated Gaston in Court; and (iii) Asot’s Manifesto Launch was better than that of ABLP( which, in an act of wanton disregard for propriety and an abuse of public power, was done at a Government Building).

So the assault on Asot is being elevated now, with pressure on his banking activities. It is difficult to resist the notion that the fear of Asot, and the fear of losing the election,  in ABLP leadership circles, might be causing people to go overboard.

Now we are hearing talk about extradition for Asot, and that Asot should be in jail, etc.

 

Asot was in England, so why would they release him to now want him extradited? This is just distraction and deception, and a sign of fear of Asot and fear of losing the election on Gaston’s part.

 

And  my feeling is that that many, if not most, of the voters in Antigua &  Barbuda are seeing through these antics by Gaston and his surrogates.

 

Do you too believe that the scorpion is afraid of Asot and afraid to lose the election.? Do you believe that, instead of stinging Asot, the scorpion is stinging himself and his candidates and his Party? Are we seeing the end of the scorpion, victim of his own devices?

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19 COMMENTS

  1. They have not built or created anything! They seek public office for personal gain! Only in the Caribbean are political come in office with nothing and leave wealthy! Vote them out!

    • @Voter: The Caribbean Nations are not the only places. Where Politicians come into office with nothing and leave wealthy. Have you ever taken time to look at those Politicians in North,Central and South America.Many have entered poor and left filthy rich.

      • Sad response indeed! Hold your leaders accountable, and maybe you will have a country that you and your children are proud of! The leaders of Antigua and Barbuda are not interested in improving the lives of the citizens! They are not interested in public policy for the betterment of the population; they are interested in self-dealing and personal enrichment. A higher purpose does not guide them. If you accept this type of leadership, do not complain or be shocked when they cannot build roads, hospitals, and schools and maintain infrastructure! They have not built anything or created wealth from the ground up! They have sold their children’s futures to a few corrupt business people to self-enrich themselves. You do not become rich in public service without stealing your children future! It’s just a matter of time before Antigua and Barbuda becomes another Haiti! Accept mediocrity, and point to other failed states to justify your corrupt leader! I will leave you with this. President Obama was the poorest US President in office; he became rich after he left office through the capitalist system, speeches, books, and Netflix deals! Caribbean politicians are too mediocre to succeed in the marketplace of ideas; they steal and run around the world begging for debt forgiveness!

    • Sad response indeed! Hold your leaders accountable, and maybe you will have a country that you and your children are proud of! The leaders of Antigua and Barbuda are not interested in improving the lives of the citizens! They are not interested in public policy for the betterment of the population; they are interested in self-dealing and personal enrichment. A higher purpose does not guide them. If you accept this type of leadership, do not complain or be shocked when they cannot build roads, hospitals, and schools and maintain infrastructure! They have not built anything or created wealth from the ground up! They have sold their children’s futures to a few corrupt business people to self-enrich themselves. You do not become rich innounkic service without stealing your children future! It’s just a matter of time before Antigua and Barbuda became another Haiti! Accept mediocrity, and point to other failed states to justify your corrupt leader! I will leave you with this. President Obama was the poorest US President in office; he became rich after he left office through the capitalist system, speeches, books, and Netflix deals! Caribbean politicians are too mediocre to succeed in the marketplace of ideas; they steal and run around the world begging for debt forgiveness!

  2. I will tell Antiguans, this is the last opportunity to take back our country from the scorpion. This man is wicked and vindictive, that he will do anything to stay in power. Antigua belongs to him and the Labour Party. If he can do this to Asot who brought him into the party and was instrumental in his elevation to leadership, what will he do to ordinary Antiguans? We know what his government is capable of. Use tear gas and rubber bullets on the people.
    Ask yourself if Gaston has anything to do with the bank denying Asot his money.
    Now Asot was in the bosom of the labour government so I am sure he knows a lot of the rackets so I am not that sorry for him. But what I will say is that Gaston brags how rich he and family are so why is he trying so hard to stay in power. If you lose the election fairly, take all your money and do something else. You are purported to be smarter than any one else in Antigua. Plus you will be getting a bigger pension than most Antiguans earn.
    A lot of us want the labour government gone so we can clean up the government of all the garbage.

    • Apparently, a narcissist will always throw a friend under the bus when that person is no longer useful. Nothing is ever the narcissist’s fault, and they tend to be pathological liars spouting their truth which does not necessarily match up with the actual truth. The narcissist usually suffers from incessant greed and has a tendency to jump from one project to another, never really seeing anything out to successful fruition. The ultimate outcome tends to be failure thereby taking down all (we, the people) that may have the misfortune to be on the receiving end of the erratic controlling behavior.

  3. Why not put a hidden mic somewhere in his office and then talk the real business and then leak it. Just remember to say Gaston alot so dem know who you ah talk to. What a great idea that would be.

  4. I have never voted or campaign for ALP or the likes of ALP. But for the injustice been done to Ascot I will be campaigning for him since I cant vote in St Peters.
    If this is not a wake up call to all of us I dont know what will.
    Where are all the hard hitters who supported Ascot?? Show you support now !!$$ Go fund me anyone?!
    Gaston has to go! This is no coincidence. Tell us where the man money deh!!!

  5. The banking requirements are very stringent and more so for funds transferred in favor of someone who is a PEP ( a politically exposed person). The reporting requirements are more rigid for those persons!

    • Ok
      @ Really
      So the REQUIREMENTS CHANGE. Because the man say he never had to wait this long for his money before. Last election when dem want to use the man, the money released QUICK
      So it turn MORE RIGID over night

  6. A curious mind need to know if Mr. Astaphan is envious of Gaston Browne? If he wishing for the fall Gaston, he certainly is making a big mistake bcuz our PM is blessed child. The good Lord is watching over & protecting PM Browne & the ABLP administration

    • Please
      @Bluddy Bloke fishy
      I dont know about Astaphan.
      But you the Browne, since the time you go on stage singing dub, bout mistake God make.
      And proud to say so. It was just time.
      Building you up, to make you fall HARD.
      Just wait. You better go repent, pray and fast.

  7. 1. If he loses his seat
    2. ABLP loses the election
    Gaston will not be the leader of the party

    • Wha question that!
      @Now the question
      OF COURSE ANTIGUANS WILL ACCEPT HIM.
      IS AN ANTIGUAN HE IS.
      If CLOWN can be leader, he can lead too.
      None of the other candidate’s name spotless.

      • (@ translation)
        that the collective aim of the ethnic group, is to rule antigua and that we should not let it happen.
        Seeing them now creeping towards power… Under UPP & ABLP… And they are getting even closer with Asot.
        WHOA, IS GRANNY CORRECT?

  8. Sorry fu Marga_Dawg
    Marga_Dawg tun round bite you!!

    …Asot, we know they call you #Disco_Dumplin
    …But that don’t mean a thing
    …‘cause, when the #Fat_Lady sing
    …you’ll walk away with the win
    …leaving the #Brown_Gyal in the ring
    …shouting, gud god what a ting
    …they want a sinner, to correct sin
    …but, I don’t care what they say
    …for come what may, at the end of the day
    …I’ll show you what I know,
    …and mek a Kaiso! About a #dumplin dancing in a disco
    …just like the great Mighty Sparrow.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4BDJTu4_uc

  9. Them lie nf. Heard Sharilyn James on loud speaker yesterday saying under a firmer upp Gov people were paid 6 weeks late.

    Desperatism make people do and say plenty phuckery

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