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

Who would’ve thought an in­vi­ta­tion to the event of events— tonight’s ex­clu­sive din­ner with for­mer US Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton—could be turned down?

But one in­di­vid­ual who won’t be caught dead at the Sandals Grande is United Work­ers Party deputy leader Le­nard “Spi­der” Montoute.

In a brief in­ter­view he in­di­cated his rea­sons for pass­ing up the of­fer. He said it was a mat­ter of prin­ci­ple and that he had reser­va­tions about the whole af­fair. “It’s not that I have a prob­lem with the for­mer US pres­i­dent vis­it­ing the is­land, per se,” he ex­plained, “but I have some se­ri­ous con­cerns about the eva­sive and neb­u­lous man­ner in which gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials have been treat­ing this event.”

He con­tin­ued: “I have grave ap­pre­hen­sions about the prospects of un­sus­pect­ingly be­ing party to any kind of shady es­capade. When those man­dated to pro­vide an­swers are dodgy or eva­sive, it’s a red flag!” There was more where that came from.

“If there is noth­ing to hide, our trans­par­ent and ac­count­able gov­ern­ment should be more than happy to an­swer ques­tions. The pos­ture of gov­ern­ment min­is­ters in re­sponse to re­lated ques­tions bor­ders on ar­ro­gance. And as long as the mat­ter is not clar­i­fied and I re­main un­sure, my po­si­tion


Mean­while, the STAR has also been re­li­ably in­formed that for­mer prime min­is­ter Sir John Comp­ton will also not be at­tend­ing tonight’s gala din­ner. In a let­ter to the Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs, he cited “a prior en­gage­ment” with his wife as the rea­son. As we go to press, we have been re­li­ably in­formed that an­other no­table ab­sen­tee will be Mr. Derek Wal­cott.

A source close to the No­bel lau­re­ate said: “Derek con­sid­ers the in­vi­ta­tion or­na­men­tal and does not en­dorse it. He doesn’t quite un­der­stand the in­vi­ta­tion and what the Pres­i­dent’s visit to Saint Lu­cia is all about.”

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