Last Chance for a Last Post!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT - By

Earl Bous­quet

With only one more week­end to go be­fore Elec­tion Day, it is just a mat­ter of time be­fore all the wind blows and the dust fi­nally set­tles.

There is still one more week for the me­dia here to con­tinue to play what­ever roles it has as­cribed its many parts and ten­ta­cles. Writ­ers and talk­ers will con­tinue to wear their dif­fer­ent hats of var­i­ous colours. But in this fi­nal week, slips will con­tinue to show, masks will con­tinue to slip off faces and the par­ti­san hu­man be­ing in each of us will quickly come forth, one way or an­other. Some lo­cal me­dia houses have to­tally dropped their guard. Ar­ti­cles from de­clared life­long hold­ers of long po­lit­i­cal axes to grind are be­ing pub­lished with lines re­peat­edly de­scrib­ing the Prime Min­is­ter as ev­ery­thing from a liar and a thief, to say­ing he will even kill to win the next gen­eral elec­tion.

The press is awash with sto­ries of the SLP Leader be­ing ac­cused of re­cruit­ing oc­cultism, witch­craft and voodoo in his party elec­tion ar­mory. But when the UWP Leader ap­pears in robes with can­dles it ap­pears to be down­played. A soi dis­ant an­a­lyst who once pub­licly begged, live on tele­vi­sion, for an in­vi­ta­tion from Robert Lewis to help him op­pose Mary Isaac for the Cas­tries South seat has, in his last four news­pa­per ar­ti­cles strongly begged Saint Lu­cians to vote UWP and take a chance with Allen Chastanet as Prime Min­is­ter.

Po­lit­i­cal sleep­ers are fi­nally wak­ing-up (af­ter four years) to make their faces seen and voices heard ahead of polling day. But be­tween all the vibes, one can clearly de­tect a level of des­per­a­tion that is more than sim­ply ab­surd, bor­der­ing on lit­er­ary or in­tel­lec­tual in­san­ity in some cases.

Me? I con­tinue to be my usual self – de­mand­ing re­spect of my right to be a cit­i­zen first and a writer af­ter, to be able to say what I be­lieve with­out it be­ing mea­sured by colours, to be fair while main­tain­ing my po­si­tion on any­thing -- and to do all that just to be me.

I have my own wishes for what the re­sults of the elec­tions will be. I go into ev­ery bat­tle con­fi­dent of vic­tory, or I will not fight. But I also know that an elec­tion isn’t won or lost un­til the last vote is counted, which is why I am never part of the count­ing process.

For those in a hurry to see the back of Kenny An­thony head­ing in to the sun­set of Saint Lu­cian pol­i­tics, this is their very last chance. It is his last term – and theirs as to.

Kenny knows ex­actly how he plans to ride out into his po­lit­i­cal sun­set. He wants to go, leav­ing Saint Lu­cia in the best hands to con­tinue what he started.

It is now for those al­ready writ­ing his po­lit­i­cal eu­logy to also start pen­ning theirs – just in case!

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