RSVP: Thanks But No Thanks!
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.”