It’s the leader and his slate, silly rabbit!

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It’s the leader and his slate, silly rabbit!

By Traycee L.

There is a popular adage, often attributed to Aristotle, that says, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” This is really a misquote because what Aristotle really said was, “The whole is something besides the parts.” The Gestalt psychologist, Kurt Koffka, expressed this idea more precisely as, “The whole is something other than the sum of its parts.” In other words, the whole is not necessarily greater than the sum of its parts; it is, however, different from its parts. Indeed the whole can be less than its parts.

Harold Lovell and the United Progressive Party (UPP) are exemplars of what Koffka proposed, that its whole is something other than the sum of its parts because certainly, the whole of the UPP’s slate is definitely not greater than the sum of its parts. In fact, it is easy to demonstrate quite the opposite.

There is a certain Algernon “Serpent” Watts who ranted and raved about the UPP’s slate for the 2018 general elections. He opined that that slate was the weakest he had ever seen in the history of politics in Antigua and Barbuda and predicted that they would have been decimated. He was correct on both counts.

However, I have news for the reptile and his clan: the slate for 2023 is much weaker than that of 2018!! The irony is that Serpent is now a member of the present slate, and it is weaker than the one he criticized. Life has a funny way of creeping up on you.

It is quite curious that not only has the UPP fallen from grace but the party, save for a few faces, is unfamiliar to many people who supported them just a few years ago. It cannot simply be a matter of rejuvenation; there is something more happening, and the public deserves to know.

In fact, the UPP’s slate for the 2023 general elections is so weak that the party has virtually abandoned Tevaughn “Peter Redz” Harriette in the St. Peter constituency and is basically using Asot Michael as its proxy candidate. The reason this has happened is simple: Harold Lovell and the UPP realize that Peter Redz is not only a weak candidate, but he is also unelectable. But lest you think it is only Peter Redz who is both weak and unelectable, let us have a look at some of the other dubious candidates on the UPP’s slate.

There is at least one candidate who is perennially drunk and another who is a killer. Both candidates hail from two constituencies in the east.

By Phillip, it is true! How insensitive can Harold Lovell and the UPP be to proffer a candidate who killed a young woman and her unborn child, at a time when the deep wound he inflicted on the family was just beginning to heal? More than that, how can people who consider themselves to be morally upright support such a party?

These are the very people who chant Psalms and kick off their shoes during praise and worship. How have none of them rebuked Harold Lovell and the UPP for this serious transgression? It appears that their righteous indignation is selective.

There is now have a situation in which Lovell has decimated the political pedigree of the UPP, taking it from show stopping animal to mangey mongrel.

Compare the UPP of 2004-2014 where there were the likes of Dr. Errol Cort, Colin Derrick, Hilson Baptiste, Charlesworth Samuel, John Maginley, Dr. Jacqui Quinn, and Bertrand Joseph. Now, Lovell and the UPP bring Jamale Pringle, Gladys Potter, Anthony Smith, Peter Redz, Pearl Quinn-Williams, Sean Bird, Serpent, Kelvin “Shuggy” Simon, and Alister Thomas. Can you honestly say that this is a group capable of managing a country and representing the people in international fora?

Following the conformation of its slate of candidates for the general elections, there is something patently obvious but hardly spoken about for a plethora of reasons, I am sure. I get the impression that we are more considerate and mindful of the sensibilities of others than we give ourselves credit for.

Had it not been so, I am certain that our very credible journalists and analysts would have remarked, if not questioned, why the new UPP candidates hardly resemble those we saw between 2004 to 2014.

What does it say about a party, and more so a leader, who lacks appeal to convince the candidates that he has been pursuing behind closed doors who have rejected him? The most depressing part about my observations is that I am not even the most concerned about the UPP candidates. Their leader, Harold Lovell, appears to be even more troubled about it than I am!

If anyone infers that this article is suggesting in any way that persons who are not university graduates or holders of a ‘big job’ are ineligible to run for elective politics think again. All I will ask you to do is assist me by naming a Cabinet from the list of UPP candidates if the party were to win the general elections by some miracle. Imagine that they win nine seats and Richard Lewis loses and Harold Lovell loses. What would that Cabinet look like?

Who then becomes Prime Minister? Who represents us in the international arena? Where do we go as a nation? Folks, this is not dolly house we are playing; this has implications for people’s lives and livelihoods for generations yet unborn!

So, what precisely is wrong with the UPP? It’s the leader and his slate, silly rabbit!

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17 COMMENTS

  1. Well ABLP Traycee, It would be better for antigua and barbuda to have honest UPP politicians in Parliament than to have a gang of thieves.

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

  3. Pearl “FOOTS” Quinn
    Gladys Potter EMPTY HEAD 🍦 🍨 scooper
    Franz DeFreitas G-R-E-A-T-F-U-L BANKRUPT
    Cleon DON’T TELL DADDY HOWDY
    Pringle CA-CAPA-TI-TAH and MASKses
    Serpent FARMing FOOL & DICTATOR
    Peter Redz CAN’T TALK
    Jonathan “VOTE ALP”
    King Lyadd Lovell Limpy Joe IMF
    Alex Browne broke n can’t speak or read
    Sean LAZY FORNICATOR & ghost worker
    APOSTLE SHUGY SIMON lost in space
    Alister “inTERllectual” Thomas
    Richard Lewis ANTI-UWI FIVE ISLANDS CAMPUS

    BUT NONE OF THEM EVER!!!! TOOK THE LIFE OF AN UNARMED BLACK GIRL!!! 😢 😭 😢 😭

  4. Results of 2023 Election.

    ABLP. WIN ALL. 17 SEATS

    UPP. ….. ZERO SEAT ( 12 CANDIDATES LOSE DEPOSITS)

    DNA. ZERO SEAT ( ALL CANDIDATES LOSE DEPOSITS)

    BPM. ZERO SEAT

    ASOT MICHAEL. ZERO SEAT

    MASSIVE. LANDSLIDE VICTORY ABLP.

    • Eric (The Red) we are just a few hours away from the refutation of your oft repeated nonsensical election results prediction.

  5. The calabash at the cross roads didn’t work for them in the past and it will not work this time fire sure..God nah sleep.

    • @Ras Smood…you’re the typical ABLP thief! My calabash at the #CrossRoad of SWASTIKA & SQUARE is filled with my shit 💩💩💩which you can’t seem to eat enough of, as you try and steal my Identity!
      Since, my shit 💩💩💩is so sweet to you, eat up, drink up and be Merry!

    • @Ras Smood…you’re the typical ABLP thief! My calabash at the #CrossRoad of SWASTIKA & SQUARE is filled with my shit 💩💩💩which you can’t seem to eat enough of, as you try and steal my Identity!
      Since, my shit 💩💩💩is so sweet to you, eat up, drink up and be Merry! Eat bitch! Eat!

  6. It is better to have an honest government than a corrupt government! Nothing in government cannot be learned; all you need is an average brain; Labor used their brain power not to push us forward but back to the stone ages. Remember Haiti!

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      • @ SHERFIELD BOWEN…..

        LOVELL IS A SPENT FORCE…………

        BUT GASTON USE ”TEAR-GAS” FORCE ON US……HE USE SO MUCH FORCE ON US, HE AND CUTIE ON 08/08/2021 HURT CHILDREN AND KIDS WITH 2000KG OF FORCE.

  7. VOTE AGAINST UPP/IMF!!!!
    vote FOR UWI FIVE ISLANDS AND ITS EXPANSION
    vote FOR TRANSSHIPMENT PORT (NEWLY REDEVELOPED)
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  8. I see how desperate this write is. Anyone who can use their brain matter properly would give you an E for your last ditch failed effort. What a waste of your time. Keep on blowing your hot air.

  9. Isn’t it remarkable that both the Vice Chancelor and the Principal of the UWI Five Island praise our Prime Minister today at the signing ceremony of the loan for the development of the campus and called him a VISONARY. I guess a king has no honor in his own country. But others time and time recognize the brilliance of the man that we call our Prime Minister. Gaston Alphonso Browne. Coming from a very humble beginning and making it to the highest office in the country and transforming our country project by project, into an economic powerhouse.

    • From The Sideline really? What do you expect them to say that he is the most corrupt Prime Minister that this country has ever seen? The Odebrecht scenario will one day come to light as well as the recent movement of millions of dollars from Nigeria to Antigua on Antigua Airways.

    • Sideline, it took Antigua and Gaston Browne to corrupt UWI into 1) colluding with GB to tief the children school at Five Islands without discussion to replace, 2) to collude with GB to take and give themselves honours, 3) to influence the political elections and perverting diplomatic relations by signing the US$80M loan with no Parliamentary approval or any working government, giving Saudis the right to pervert our laws for money.
      UWI is selling dictatorship in our politics and endorsing theft!

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