LETTER: Ma’m, have you met the ALP?

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Dear Editor,

I read in an online paper your confident utterings re the Max-Observer rift, and I must admit I am amazed at some of the things they reported you said.

Some of what you said demonstrate your ignorance of the true political life lived in Antigua and Barbuda. You have no knowledge that the party which you want to be “fair to” has a leader who told the head of the Electoral Commission that he was there to run the playbook of his party and not his own official duties? And while you are trying to appear impartial and knowledgeable about what is press freedom, you seem to not be aware that the opposition party is not allowed on the nation’s station which is paid for by the taxpayers of the country, but is run like an arm of the ruling party.

You termed banning Max Hurst from a reserved spot on Observer as “censorship”. Have you found time to read and understand about how politics in Antigua and Barbuda has been for the past 46 years? Do you have any idea of how the Antigua Labour Party really is and how they operate?

My take on all this is that you have come from where you come from to make a name for yourself and dazzle we, the backward, colonized natives, with your knowledge and your indomitable English accent. Please note you’re not the first and will definitely not be the last. I believe you are succeeding because too many of our people still have a fetish for the colonizer. Besides, you are white. Still a very important factor.

Here is my advice to you. Sit with your employer and learn a bit more about politics in Antigua and why some things happen as they happen. He is a candidate of the party to which you seem to have extended the Trumpian  “there-are-good-people-on-both-sides” philosophy. But for now, he still pays your salary and there has to be allegiance to him. After all, you should be more in tune with ensuring your boss wins the elections because that would make life even easier for you for reasons not to be expounded here..

So all this Pollyanna nonsense about press freedom not granted because your boss says Max is not to go back on Observer and spout his poison uncontested, is not good. Indeed, and let us call a spade a spade, if you were working for Gaston and the tables were turned, you would be knocking on the door of Serpent to get a job because you would have been sent packing.

So, Ma’m, spare me all the bellyaching about the young journalists who “are trying to do a decent job in a country where the media industry is still very much in its infancy”. First, I don’t know how you come up with our media industry being “in its infancy”. Seems presumptuous to me. Like I said, talk to people. And second, maybe if you spent more time training these so-called young journalists they would learn to write better and produce better stories which feature investigative and primary research.

Lastly, you don’t know the red party. You can’t begin to imagine how feisty, bold, in-your-face, and aggressive they are. You do not know that they will look in your blue eyes and convince you they are brown. That is the nature of that red nation and they are successful with it because people just cannot believe they could get away with such boldness and effrontery. Max Hurst said his job is to make the other party look bad. Where were you when he said so, and did you feel the need to extend sympathy to Serpent’s party when he said that? Have you ever tasted red koolaid?

Mam, you don’t know what you are playing with chumming up with Max and Co. I repeat, go and be enlightened before you end up like Shelton.

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