Harold Lovell is more popular than he of a high place

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OBSERVER EDITORIAL: The news making the rounds on social media rocked Antigua and Barbuda, never mind it was not revealing anything that most Antiguans and Barbudans did not already know – that Mr Harold Lovell, the political leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP), is more popular than he of a high place. Ouch! We can imagine that he of a high place is not resting easy. Indeed, we are sensing the presence of a green-eyed monster. This will eat away at his heart, his very soul. Remember, he is extremely thin-skinned! Be careful with your agita, o thou of a high place! CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR WHATSAPP GROUP.

Of course, he of an exalted state, never mind his bombastic and boorish behavior, has steadily lost the confidence of Antiguans and Barbudans – his many falsehoods (Eg: The US$200M bond is over-subscribed) and his utter failure to attract investors, restore LIAT as a viable entity, fix the vexing water crisis, finish the car park, pay pensioners on time, open the Nugent Avenue state-of-the-art hospital, raise the minimum wage, give teachers and public servants a wage increase, deliver the supposed fire tenders that have supposedly already been ordered, and so on and so forth) are damning indictments of his lackluster stewardship. And the longer that he stays in office, the more Antiguans and Barbudans are realizing that, notwithstanding his supposed millions and his vast holdings, he is nothing more than a man of straw, an empty suit.

On the international stage he appears petulant and peevish, and can be likened to a one-trick pony, forever anointing himself as the Small Island Developing State’s (SIDS) scold, lambasting the rich countries of the world for their outsized damage to the environment, and their “de-risking” policies, that is, the withdrawal of correspondent banking relationships on grounds of perceived risk. He prattles on endlessly, blissfully oblivious to the fact that sometimes, less is more.

He relishes the big stage where he can point fingers and blabber on about debt forgiveness, blah, blah, blah.  Mercifully, whenever he opens his trap, the halls at the UN are usually empty. Nobody cares to hear him regurgitate the same themes over and over again, ad nauseam. In any event, they know that he is only paying lip service to many of the causes that he feigns to champion. For example, they know that he gave the green light to YIDA for the desecration of the mangroves in the North East Marine Management Area (NEMMA), and that he has also given a pass to the Western Imperial Special Economic Zone (WISEZ) to basically do as they like in our largest wetland area.  The cordoning-off of lands at Devil’s Bridge has raised eyebrows, as have recent developments on the sands at Long Bay.  No serious environmentalist would permit such dastardly things.

Locally, people are sick and tired of his cheap shots at his enemies, real or imagined. He never passes on an opportunity to hit below the belt. And nothing is off-limits for him. Talk about ol’ muck and mire! Interestingly, like most blowhards, he utters an infinite deal of nothing – this Best Western resort, and that five-star Waldorf, and that other Marriott, and this Fort James Development, and that million-dollar investment, and nine times out of ten, none of it amounts to as much as a hill of beans. His ineffectiveness in attracting serious investors, never mind his boastful chatter, has proven to be quite a disappointment and a turn-off to many Antiguans and Barbudans. Seems, his is a reverse Midas touch, where rather than the things that he touches turning to gold, they all turn to dross. Such is our unhappy lot under this regime.

There is a story in today’s DAILY OBSERVER about new investors from Lebanon, and such attendant malarkey. Apparently, these folks in high places will never cease with their pre-election happy-talk. Sigh! Needless to say, we have become quite jaded and cynical, and we will believe this latest feel-good tripe when we see it.

Meanwhile, contrast this Lilliputian leader with the leader of the UPP, Mr Harold Lovell – as fine and as distinguished a gentleman as one is likely to find in these parts. He has invariably conducted himself with grace and class. He chooses his words carefully, and is not given to flying off the handle at every slight. As was once said of Cardinal Richelieu, King Louis XIII’s Chief Minister of France from 1624, so too can be said of Harold Lovell: “So natural and unstudied was his excellency, that no matter how triflingly he might be engaged, his aspect never lost its majestic bearing or the acme of good breeding.”Lovell stands head and shoulders above he of a high place. He is a statesman! He treats all Antiguans and Barbudans with dignity and respect, not disdain and contempt. The more that people see of Lovell, the more that they hear of his plans and policies for the redemption of Antigua and Barbuda, the more that they like him. We are hardly surprised that Lovell is more popular than he of a high place.

Nobody loves a bully and a braggart! Nobody loves the fact that two gas price hikes were foisted on Antiguans and Barbudans, with nary an attempt to ‘ease the squeeze.’ Nobody is pleased with the fact that during the coronavirus pandemic, when so many of us fell on our faces, he of a high place flippantly dismissed calls for a stimulus. Day by day, and with each passing moment, he of a high place is becoming increasingly unpopular. Just ask his constituents. Just ask those in his inner circle. They laugh and giggle with him at his tasteless jokes, but behind his back, they curse him. Just ask any tyrant, from time immemorial – when those in high places fall, not a solitary soul sheds a tear. “The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: How are the mighty fallen! Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon!”[2 Samuel 1:27]

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16 COMMENTS

  1. That was inevitable! Gaston attacked! Gaston known as Fitzroy, Youth, Nomad and True Davis attacked!
    Peter Wickham attacked!
    Donna, Lamin, Winston attacked!
    SMH also know as Hmmm and who shot Tessa B attacked!
    Pete aka Drake, Ingram, Phillip G, Jamieson and 20 other names attacked!
    Just Saying attacked!
    Tenman, CErmle, From the Sidelines attacked
    etc etc etc attacked!!!!

    The attack worked in 2018!
    It backfired in 2022
    The attack was effective in 2018
    It was boring in 2022

    The more you attack Mr Lovell, the more popular he becomes!
    So to the above and to all who want to attack the Captain, continue to do so.
    WHY? You are doing him a great favour! The more you attack him, the more you help him!

    God bless you all

  2. It is amazing that UPP is willing to accept the results of this poll but quick to dismiss the one saying UPP will loose.

    Happy pride month. Two more days to go. #LGBTQ.

  3. I don’t understand what you mean by more popular. Positive and negative popularity adds up to popularity simple as that. Hence Gaston must be by far a more popular person than Harold.
    I am not one to condone Gastón behavior. However, to be realistic and truthful he is far more popular than the well behaved Harold. In today’s culture the Jamaican rude boys artist are more popular. Gastón is still large and in-charge – the world boss! Hence without even a poll the people of Antigua If called upon today would vote for Gaston overwhelmingly over Harold.
    I am not saying things cannot change and change quickly. Gastón is also very capable of destroying himself and the APLP in one open mouth. More so with the open Avenue his point FM. He also has a loose cannon son that can in a moment change his popularity into unpopularity and dislikes. The young people are educated and watching. So for now I am a watching and I am a waiting and the longer the APLP take to call the election , I think the more the UPP will gain. Covid still with us , no water – waiting on rain, one hurricane can bring the rain and wipe out the economy also. The UWI is breeding a community of educated young people. Educated young people will make informed decisions.

    • Your opinion is out of step with what the silent majority thinks.
      People are tired of the rude, disrespectful, callous ways of Gaston Browne.
      Even his own Cabinet members laugh at him.

  4. The political parties in Antigua continue to look for males. While the females far outweighs the males in all aspects of education , be it secondary, adults second chance programs , commercial , A’levels and tertiary.

  5. MR. IMF ROMANTIC RHYTHMS WADADLI POWER CAN’T ABST HOTEL RIPOFF ABIB COLLAPSER BANKING-SECTOR COLLAPSER ANTI-UWI FIVE ISLANDS CAMPUS BAICO COLLAPSER etc etc

    Yeah he real popular when it comes to WRECKING things 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣

    Just now he will ride off into the sunset on the Wilmoth Daniel STRIPPER POLE BUS 🚌

      • yeah a sicko pervert he is. Thank goodness he is NOT A CANDIDATE or a RADIO HOST. Please tell Harold loveLIE to shake out and sort out his team. The CONVICTED PEDOPHILE IAN MAGIC HUGHES is UPFRONT as CAMPAIGN MANAGER & SPOKESPERSON alongside the CRIMINAL DEPORTEE on UPP RADIO STATION!!! And not to mention the alleged RAPIST who YOU KNOW is a UPP CANDIDATE with an addiction.

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