Why did the Labour Party lose Election 666? Seems to me that’s a question to be mulled over by the party’s dumped former and wouldbe Cabinet ministers, and I mean in the darkest corner of a still friendly Bois Patat watering hole. Why would the question interest winners of the race, anyway? Or even those (to borrow Kenny Anthony’s own words) responsible for “the massive swing from the Labour Party.” (Not from him, you understand.) Shouldn’t that long Facebook diatribe from the beaten former leader have sufficed? Wasn’t it enough he actually accused god’s agents of passing out pieces of silver to folks turned yellow after five years of having their blood drained by the red bugs? Since when has it been wrong for church leaders to pass out a little charity? Dat’s their role, no?
Desperate to prove he can be as imaginative as any plantation boss, the newly hatched leader of the opposition opined this week that his party got the electoral boot because of a lousy communication system. Isn’t that another way of saying Da Jade was not nearly as in touch as she imagined? That Claw D. Asp wasn’t so straight up with the people, after all? That Smelton Dannyhell blew too much hot air up the wrong orifices? The way the LOO dropped his load this week, only the people of Castries East listened when he said “five dollars can block a hole.” Oh, well, with that kind of reasoning to cope with, Ernest Hilaire had better be leaning heavily on his PhD. Looks like the road ahead could turn out to be harder than listening to his leader’s solutions to holey pockets. As for shafting the Man from Laboree, remember he’s always loaded with lubricants for intercourse, diplomatic and otherwise!
And speaking of the LOO: I couldn’t help wondering if he realized the opening of the 11th parliament on Tuesday featured no less than four current and former prime ministers, not one of them him. No doubt “the poster boy for the economic class” must’ve been thinking his own thoughts about both the LOO and his UWI shadow. Then again, some folks are more comfortable following their leadah-leadah than with fronting anything. They’re just made that way!
Still on the LOO: When it came time on Tuesday to eulogize recently departed Trini PM Patrick Manning, Saint Lucia’s interim opposition leader expressed deep regret that politicians only speak well of each other when one drops dead. That would tend to explain his kind remarks upon assuming the mantle of party leadership from his colleague the former prime minister and former party boss, soon to be former MP. But don’t tell anyone.
Another lady in the chair: The last time a female bottom occupied the Speaker’s perch some folks on the opposition side were especially rude to her, over and over, as if her gender prevented her from knowing her role. Here’s hoping they’ve since learned the difference between a rose and a woman named after the king of the jungle! See ya’ll next time.
Philip J. Pierre, the new leader of the House opposition on Tuesday save his sharpest comment for the dead. He did not say whether he referred to the dead-dead or the alive-dead, politically or otherwise!